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SCAN's blog for child welfare advocates

Wondering what you can do this month to be a part of National Child Abuse Prevention Month? We’ve got you covered! SCAN and its Allies in Prevention Coalition are going to be busy across Northern Virginia, and we hope you will join us. Plant a Pinwheel Garden, make a donation during Spring2ACTion, and join us for one (or […]
Author: SCAN of Northern Virginia
Posted: April 2, 2017, 11:48 am
We know parents struggle with how to monitor their children’s use of technology. Limit screen time? Require shared passwords? Make some apps and games off-limits? And it’s about so much more than rules—how parents handle technology can affect everything from family communication to personal trust to physical safety. It’s a lot to think about! We often […]
Author: SCAN of Northern Virginia
Posted: March 22, 2017, 5:48 pm
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 […]
Author: SCAN of Northern Virginia
Posted: March 15, 2017, 11:55 am
For many parents, talking about race with children is a difficult concept. Adults often question how much children already know and how much information is appropriate to share, while balancing a need to protect children from the United States’ complicated (and often violent) racial history. We recently taped a Parenting Today segment on this topic […]
Author: SCAN of Northern Virginia
Posted: February 27, 2017, 7:05 pm
SCAN is pleased to be partnering with Smart Beginnings Prince William County to offer valuable Workshops on Safe Sleep to the Greater Prince William community.  The first workshop will be offered on Tuesday, February 21st at 4 pm at the Hylton Education Center at Sentara Hospital. The FREE workshop is ideal for service providers, health care providers, […]
Author: SCAN of Northern Virginia
Posted: February 17, 2017, 2:17 pm
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 […]
Author: SCAN of Northern Virginia
Posted: February 11, 2017, 7:17 pm
There have been countless (and often conflicting) news stories in recent weeks about immigration in the United States. In our networks, the discussion–for years–has simply focused on how we can best care for and support these families. What is it like to be an immigrant and a parent? What are the unique fears, challenges, and needs faced by these families? Please […]
Author: SCAN of Northern Virginia
Posted: February 7, 2017, 1:54 pm
We know how critical it is that parents stay connected with their communities, especially when they are isolating themselves out of fear or frustration. Please share our newest Parent Connection Resource Guide with parents in your network. With more than 80 parenting classes, support groups, workshops and more for parents across Northern Virginia, it also includes a key to find programs offered […]
Author: SCAN of Northern Virginia
Posted: January 30, 2017, 8:20 pm
  FACT: Child sexual abuse is far more prevalent than most people realize.   Child sexual abuse is likely the most prevalent health problem children face with the most serious array of consequences.   About one in 10 children will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday.   This year, there will be about 400,000 […]
Author: SCAN of Northern Virginia
Posted: January 20, 2017, 8:43 pm
“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. This will be the 15th year we celebrate the heroes who work passionately for the children, families and communities of Northern Virginia. Who will we […]
Author: SCAN of Northern Virginia
Posted: January 17, 2017, 5:11 pm