Who We Are 

Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) of Northern Virginia is the only region-wide organization focused solely on preventing child abuse and neglect across Northern Virginia.

For 30 years, we have been committed to developing effective prevention programming for all children and families, no matter what their circumstances.

Our Mission

To promote the well-being of children, improve parent-child relations, and prevent child abuse and neglect in Northern Virginia.

Our Vision

A community where every child has the opportunity to grow up in a safe, stable, nurturing family, with the support needed to thrive today and contribute to stronger communities tomorrow.

Over 30 years of impact

For 30 years we have been changing the lives of children and families in Northern Virginia.

Stronger Families, Safer Children

Children facing abuse or vulnerable to abuse feared more than a virus these last few years. At SCAN, we never stopped seeking new ways to protect and support them.

In 2021, we set new organizational records in abuse prevention and survivor care.

Hope Is Here

Abuse didn’t stop for COVID-19, and neither did we.

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S., heightened stress, school closures, loss of income, and social isolation put children at risk of being abused. SCAN adapted to remind the community Hope Is Here.

A Year Spent Stopping Child Abuse & Neglect

We believe every adult has the opportunity to stop child abuse, and when we all take an active role in prevention, we can protect more children and build safer communities.

In 2019, we protected thousands of children by engaging  and empowering the adults around them.

Growing Together

2018 was an important year for SCAN—spent celebrating our 30th anniversary and the people and organizations who have contributed to our incredible growth.

With our eyes on the future, we are positioned to build on this extraordinary foundation and take on new opportunities and meet new needs, creating our history for the next 30 years – and living into our values and mission so that all children have a chance at a wonderful childhood in which they can thrive.

Then & Now: Celebrating 30 years of building hope for children & families

As we approached our 30th anniversary in 2018, we reflected on how our work has evolved and expanded over the years.

While the number of children and families impacted by our work continues to grow; the diversity of services provided and geographic area we serve broadens; and technology changes, our purpose and core values—a strong belief that every child deserves to grow-up in a safe, loving and nurturing environment—have not wavered.

Energizing a Community for Change

At SCAN, we believe there is no one way to create change; there must be thousands of us working together to make it happen in Northern Virginia.

Our 2016 annual report is an open letter to our community, inviting all readers to join SCAN as we create lasting change that focuses on prevention and the ultimate protection of our children for years to come.