Over 3.6 million referrals of child abuse and neglect were made to child protection agencies last year, more than 23,000 in Northern Virginia alone. SCAN is the only Northern Virginia organization whose sole focus is preventing abuse and neglect. It stands up for children, stopping the cycle of abuse through education and advocacy. SCAN offers bilingual parenting classes and support groups: parents learn about child development and create strategies to build family cohesion. Public education initiatives Ė online at the Parent Resource Center, on the radio, and through a region-wide coalition of advocates Ė raise awareness about child abuse and its consequences. SCAN also operates the Alexandria/Arlington Court Appointed Special Advocate Program, which has given voice to over 3,500 children. A permanent, safe, nurturing home for all children is SCANís ultimate goal. Make it yours.
COVID-19 Update: CASA advocates now videoconference with their court appointed charges, attend court via phone, and continue to follow-up with their cases. In response to the growing need, SCAN added an additional CASA training (also virtual). Family Programs have shifted to a more intensive "wraparound" approach that connects families to the full range of services required to meet their basic needs as well as mental, physical, and emotional support: intensive, one-on-one coaching combined with parenting classes, resource triage, and increased collaboration with partners. SCAN continues to have a window into people's homes and children's lives, an approach that will likely continue beyond the pandemic.
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 Virginiaís Community Partner Award
SCANís volunteers have also been honored for the exemplary impact their efforts have in making a difference for our local community: SCANís CASA Volunteer, Sabrina Black, was named a Neighborhood Hero by Bank of America in 2008 and SCANís 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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