Category: Partners 

Burke & Herbert Bank Hosting Coin Drive for SCAN

April 5, 2019 – Burke & Herbert Bank is raising funds for SCAN of Northern Virginia’s child abuse prevention programs through its annual coin drive throughout the month of April—National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Community members can make coin donations to SCAN at any of the Bank’s branches, and Burke & Herbert Bank will match […]

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SCAN Hosts 7th Annual Advocacy Training

November 30, 2018–SCAN held its 7th Annual “Speak Up for Children” Training for Advocates in Virginia on Friday November 30th fat the South County Government Center in Alexandria. More than 50 guests attended. The day began with an “Advocacy 101” training from Johanna Schuchert, Co-Founder and former Executive Director of Prevent Child Abuse Virginia. This […]

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ACE Interface Master Trainer: SCAN Will Bring Fresh Perspectives to Local TICNs

This past November, thanks to our partnership with Prince William County Community Services Board, SCAN’s Public Education Manager was given the opportunity to join Virginia’s second cohort to be trained in the ACE Interface Master Trainer curriculum. (ACE stands for Adverse Childhood Experience.) Developed by Dr. Robert Anda, co-principal investigator of the groundbreaking ACEs study, […]

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Lasting (and Global!) Impact: A Special Guest Post from Tracy Leonard

A special guest post from D2L Certified Instructor (and former SCAN employee) Tracy Leonard: Although my family left Northern Virginia and I have left SCAN, I haven’t left the work.  While at SCAN, I was fortunate enough to not only receive the training to become a Darkness to Light Authorized Facilitator, but also a Certified Instructor.  […]

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Trauma-Informed Community Network Meeting Kicks Off in Loudoun County

On September 26, thanks to grant funding from Loudoun Non-Profit grants, the first Trauma-Informed Community Network (TICN) meeting was called to order at HealthWorks for Northern Virginia in Loudoun County and facilitated by SCAN. The Loudoun community has been making great strides in integrating trauma-informed care in the community and SCAN is excited to help steward […]

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A New Book to Empower Kids, a New Tool for Child Abuse Prevention Work

As our work to prevent child sexual abuse pushes onward in our local communities, we are reminded of the mission of our national partner Darkness to Light: We empower adults to prevent child sexual abuse. We believe that adults own the responsibility to prevent child sexual abuse. They need to play an integral role in […]

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5 Critical Messages from our “Roots of Trauma” Training

Earlier this month, SCAN held an all-day workshop focused on parental trauma, mental health challenges, and substance use and their impact on children and families. With support from the Northern Virginia Health Foundation, we hosted nearly 100 professionals and advocates to learn more about how trauma relates to mental health, alcohol and substance use and […]

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What is Infant Mental Health? Helpful Resources from SCAN’s Latest Allies in Prevention Coalition

Earlier this summer, Leah Davidson from Arlington County Parent Infant Education Program led a very informative discussion about how professionals and parents can support an infant’s mental health at SCAN’s quarterly Allies in Prevention Coalition meeting. Representatives from DC Diaper Bank were also at the meeting and they shared exciting new partnership opportunities with members. […]

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Burke & Herbert Raises $2,600 for SCAN

May 31, 2018 – Burke & Herbert Bank raised more than $2,600 for SCAN of Northern Virginia’s child abuse prevention programs through its an annual coin drive at branches throughout the month of April—National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  Visitors to the bank’s branches contributed more than $1,600 in cash.  Burke & Herbert Bank, one of SCAN’s […]

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SCAN’s New “No Hit Zone” Initiative

“Hands are not for hitting” is a common phrase used by parents and caregivers to help teach young children appropriate social interaction skills. We want children to have healthy relationships as they grow older, but what message do we really send to them when they are being told not to hit others, but then experience […]

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Getting Comfortable with Our Discomfort: D2L Facilitator Training in June

Next month, SCAN will host a facilitator workshop for Darkness to Light, where we’ll train adults to deliver the Stewards of Children® training program to others in our local community. Facilitators model the core principals of the curriculum by talking openly about child sexual abuse and engaging adults in discussion, and are expected to schedule and facilitate at least 4 […]

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5 Key Ideas: How Routines Can Help Parents Build Stronger Families

On March 8th, SCAN’s Allies in Prevention Coalition hosted its quarterly meeting with a focus on the Importance of Routines for Children. Dr. Amy Parks from The Wise Family and Dr. Kelly Henderson from Formed Families Forward joined us to lead a fantastic discussion about why routines are important, how they affect children, and how […]

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6 Things to do TODAY to Speak Up for Children: Highlights from SCAN’s 6th Annual Advocacy Training

With the 2018 General Assembly Session just a month away, it’s a critical time for advocates to start speaking up for children and families in Northern Virginia. We recently hosted our 6th Annual “Speak Up for Children” Advocacy Day to help community members prepare. With generous support from Verizon, we welcomed Prevent Child Abuse Virginia and Voices for Virginia’s […]

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SCAN Staff Members Trained in Award-Winning Stewards of Children® Program for Child Sexual Abuse Prevention, Once Again Named “Partner in Prevention”

December 11, 2017—SCAN of Northern Virginia has once again achieved “Partner in Prevention” status, a designation awarded by the nonprofit Darkness to Light to organizations which take extra steps to protect the children they serve by training staff to understand the issue of child sexual abuse, identify unsafe situations and practices, and react responsibly in the […]

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5-Year-Old Donates Baby Items for Birthday

November 1, 2017–Natalie Lopez-Greif recently celebrated her 5th birthday, and made a special request to friends attending her party. Instead of gifts, she asked her guests to bring baby items that could be donated to support SCAN’s new Baby Box initiative. Earlier this year, SCAN expanded its Operation Safe Babies program to include baby boxes and education through the Baby […]

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Burke & Herbert Bank Raises $2,200 for SCAN in Support of Child Abuse Prevention

May 24, 2017 – Burke & Herbert Bank raised more than $2,200 for SCAN of Northern Virginia’s child abuse prevention programs through its an annual coin drive at branches throughout the month of April—National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  Many individuals and groups contributed to this successful campaign including elementary school students and administrators in Alexandria […]

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SCAN Honors 2017 Allies in Prevention Award Winners

April 6, 2017 – SCAN of Northern Virginia announced the 2017 winners of its annual Allies in Prevention Awards, an annual honor given to community members for exceptional work protecting children and strengthening families in five regions of Northern Virginia. The awards were presented by SCAN and its Allies in Prevention Coalition at a luncheon to kick-off National Child Abuse […]

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We Support the Girls: A chance to educate and engage

On February 11th, I had the privilege of being on a panel for a special community event put on by We Support the Girls, a local organization that “recognizes the need to support child victims of sexual abuse, beginning with the initial reporting, continuing through the legal process, and ultimately sustaining as victims and their families […]

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Meet Chamone: An Intern’s Experience at SCAN

SCAN is often fortunate to have the energy and support of MSW interns on staff. This year, we are thrilled to welcome Chamone Marshall. Wonder what she’s been up to at SCAN so far? We chatted with her this week on the blog: SCAN: Where are you attending school/for what degree? CHAMONE: I am currently […]

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