Every year, three million children in the US are reported as victims of abuse or neglect – 7,000 from Northern Virginia last year alone. SCAN is there to stand up for them – to stop the cycle of abuse through education and advocacy. Adults who were abused in their childhood often repeat this behavior unless they learn new skills and develop a positive, nurturing approach to parenting. So SCAN offers parenting classes (in Spanish and English) and support groups where parents learn about child development, establishing routines, disciplining effectively, handling stress, and building family cohesion. Creative public education initiatives – an online Parent Resource Center, monthly radio shows and PSAs, and a region-wide coalition of prevention advocates – raise awareness about the consequences and signs of child abuse. SCAN also operates the Alexandria/Arlington Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program, which has given voice to over 3,000 children in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. A permanent, safe home for all children is SCAN's ultimate goal. Doesn’t every kid deserve that?
Headquarters: VA-City of Alexandria
Where They Operate: VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-Loudoun County; VA-Prince William County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Fairfax; VA-City of Falls Church
Age Groups Served: Infants (0-2); Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Adult (25-49)
Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic
Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members
Schools They Work In: SCAN collaborates with Alexandria City Public Schools
Awards & Recognition
2014 SCAN of Northern Virginia was selected for the 2014/15 Catalogue for Philanthropy as "One of the best small charities in the Greater Washington region"
2009 Executive Director Diane Charles awarded All American Hero Award at the All American Inaugural Ball
2007 Northern Virginia Leadership Awards Community Trustee Award
2007 Executive Director Diane Charles named Nonprofit Leader of the Year at the Alexandria Business Philanthropy Summit
2007 Executive Director Diane Charles selected for the charter class of the Nonprofit Roundtable Fellows
2005 Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington
2002 Hispanic Committee of Virginia’s Community Partner Award
SCAN’s volunteers have also been honored for the exemplary impact their efforts have in making a difference for our local community: SCAN’s CASA Volunteer, Sabrina Black, was named a Neighborhood Hero by Bank of America in 2008 and SCAN’s CASA Volunteer, Malia Kilshore, received the Volunteer Service Award from Volunteer Fairfax in 2007.
- $3 million or higher
- $1 million to $3 million
- The current budget for SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) of Northern Virginia is: $500k to $1 million
- Less than $500k
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