NEWS: SCAN Honors 2015 Allies in Prevention Award Winners

March 25, 2015

10349018_10152771540375735_7343799455530162313_nWith help from ABC7′s Leon Harris, SCAN honored five heroes for their work to prevent child abuse and support families in Northern Virginia at its 13th Annual Allies in Prevention Awards Luncheon on March 25, 2015. Honorees were selected by a task force of the Allies in Prevention Coalition from five jurisdictions across Northern Virginia and included: Jennifer Landis-Santos, a Parent & Youth Workshop Facilitator, Program Coordinator and Mental Health Therapist for Arlington County; Cheryl Keiper, Parent Education Program Supervisor for Fairfax County; Donna Fortier, Executive Director of Mobile Hope in Loudoun County; and Kristiana Poole, Victim Advocate for Quantico Marine Base’s Family Advocacy Program (FAP). In Alexandria, the honor was given in memoriam to Laurie Meyer, founding Team Leader for Alexandria’s Community Wraparound Team in the Department of Community and Human Services, who passed away in 2014. Her husband Robert Nash and daughter Rebecca Nash accepted the award on her behalf.

LaMar Henderson, MSW, LCISW, provided a passionate Keynote Address on his personal experiences with child abuse as well as his professional commitment to building life-changing connections for children. Sponsors of the event included Joe & Sara Carlin, Leana & Marc Katz, SpeedPro Imaging, Tim Stock and The Hon. George D. Varoutsos.

Learn more about the Allies in Prevention Awards — as well as more details about the 2015 honorees – here.

NEWS: SCAN to Host Sold-Out Workshop on Fathers: “Beyond Biological”

March 23, 2015

img_0399On March 25th, before its 13th Annual Allies in Prevention Awards, SCAN will host a morning workshop led by special guest LaMar Henderson, MSW, LICSW. The workshop, which is at maximum capacity, is titled: Beyond Biological: Preserving the Emotional Connection Between Fathers and their Children.” Mr. Henderson will also give the Keynote Address at the awards luncheon later in the day, where SCAN will launch its 2015 Northern Virginia Child Abuse Prevention Campaign and distribute materials from its Kids Need Connections campaign. If professionals are interested in attending a similar workshop later this year, please contact SCAN’s Public Education Manager Tracy Leonard at to express your interest.

NEWS: SCAN working with partners in Alexandria to offer FREE prevention trainings in April

PinwheelPartnerYardSign_2015alexandriaMarch 13, 2015

SCAN is working with partners at the Center for Alexandria’s Children, Northern Virginia Family Service and the City of Alexandria’s DCHS to promote awareness about child abuse prevention this April for National Child Abuse Prevention Month. In addition to helping groups plant pinwheel gardens across the area, partners will offer a series of FREE trainings meant to empower individuals to prevent child sexual abuse and recognize and respond to abuse and neglect in their own communities. Registration is REQUIRED for each of the five trainings. Download a flyer providing training details and dates here. Register online here.


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