Category: Blog 

September is Suicide Prevention Month: 3 Steps to Remember

As we tumble into fall, we are raising awareness on an issue that all should be mindful of–suicide prevention. Suicide is a public health crisis. And for those who work with youth and young adults, it’s even more urgent. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in age groups 10-14,15-24 and 25-34, according to the […]

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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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Back to School: Parenting Resources to Share this September

With kids heading back to school this season, families might be feeling overwhelmed by changing schedules, new demands and navigating complicated school systems. Here are five of our favorite school-related topics on SCAN’s Parent Resource Center that can help parents manage the challenges of the school year and stay connected to their kids through it […]

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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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The Reality of Family Separation: Children, Trauma, and What We Do Next

As a leader in the prevention of child abuse and neglect in Northern Virginia, SCAN is dedicated to educating the community about the scope, nature, and consequences of child abuse and neglect. The separation of immigrant parents from their children after they have crossed the U.S. border “is a form of child abuse,” said Dr. […]

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From the Parent Education Desk: Positive Communication IS Possible!

“Positive communication with your kids IS possible!” SCAN’s Parent Education team members often find themselves giving these words of encouragement to parents in our classes, support groups and workshops. Thanks to a great monthly email they send to parents, we’re sharing their thoughts here on the blog, too: Positive communication can reinforce good behavior, and help you understand and eliminate bad behavior. It can build […]

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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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Not Just for April: Great Tools to Use with Parents All Year Long

It’s the last day of Child Abuse Prevention Month, but the resources we unveiled in April are tools you can use all year long with the children and families you serve. Have you explored our Parenting Can Be Tough campaign page, where you can download most materials for free? Here are some of our favorite new tools and […]

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It’s Here! Year 2 of SCAN’s “Parenting Can Be Tough” Campaign

To kick off Child Abuse Prevention Month, SCAN is launching the second year of its 4-year Parenting Can Be Tough public education campaign in Northern Virginia. Year 1 focused on resources for parents of infants; Year 2 focuses on parents of toddlers. But many resources — including things like parent support cards and various fact sheets — are […]

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What Does it Mean to Be a Trauma Informed Organization?

Have you explored our trauma informed care resources for parents? You’ve heard us talk about this topic from a direct child services perspective (see our blog post here), as well as an advocacy perspective (such as this blog we re-posted from Voices for Virginia’s Children) as it relates to legislation. But how do we change whole organizations to better […]

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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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Comcast Newsmakers: SCAN Shares Operation Safe Babies with the Community

We’re excited to share this new interview about SCAN’s Operation Safe Babies program. It’s a great, simple way to share an overview of the program–and why it’s so important–with the parents and families in your community! SCAN’s Public Education Manager Tracy Leonard recently taped a segment on Comcast Newsmakers, sharing general guidelines when it comes to safe sleep for […]

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What We’re Reading: SCAN Staff Book Picks | WINTER 2018

What have SCAN staff members (and volunteers!) been reading this winter? We have some great recommendations for you this season: The Wild Truth, by Carine McCandless We are thrilled to share that Carine McCandless will be the Keynote Speaker at our annual Ally in Prevention Awards luncheon this year! Carine is the sister of Chris McCandless, […]

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It’s Crossover Time: Trauma, Foster Care and other Legislative Updates

It’s “crossover” week in the General Assembly — a time of transition when the Senate and House of Delegates exchange bills for review in the opposite house. Voices for Virginia’s Children has shared a few great updates, and we’re passing them along to our readers: • Trauma-Informed Care Action Alert This year Voices’ legislative agenda targets investments in […]

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From the Parent Education Desk: Creating Resilient Families

“Our family is facing financial issues at home, discipline issues with our middle child at school, and an overwhelming schedule. It’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. What can I do?”* SCAN’s Parent Education team hears a lot of questions from local parents in our classes, support groups and workshops. They […]

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SCAN’s Response to Larry Nassar: What Every Adult Must Do Next

It is easy to look back at what happened to the over 100 victims of Larry Nassar and see who failed these athletes; Michigan State, USA Gymnastics, coaches and parents who didn’t believe their daughters.  But what if we never had to look back?  What if it had never happened?  I find myself sounding like […]

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The Cost of Caring

This week, I had the honor of co-presenting a day-long workshop entitled The Cost of Caring.  It is a workshop designed by the Trauma-Informed Community Network in Fairfax County.  The workshop focuses on human service providers and not just to provide resources and guidance, but to give them a chance to leave work behind and do kind […]

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New Video: Using SCAN’s Free App for Parents + Caregivers

Did you know that SCAN offers a free mobile app that allows parents on-the-go access to all of the information on our online Parent Resource Center? Now we also have a short, 1-minute video you can share with parents that explains how simple it is to download and use the app: Our goal is to make it easy for parents to learn more […]

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In Session: Advocating for Children with an Understanding of Resilience and Trauma

The General Assembly is now in session, and we’ll be closely following the legislative issues affecting children and families in Virginia. For a helpful list of strategies to best advocate for children, explore our recent Advocacy Day recap. Today we’re also sharing this excellent post from Voices for Virginia’s Children; their Northern Virginia consultant Mary Beth Testa offers […]

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A Letter: Thank you for being a part of the SCAN Story!

Dear Friends, SCAN of Northern Virginia will soon be celebrating the achievement of three decades of service to children and families here in Northern Virginia. As we approach our 30th anniversary in 2018, we have been reflecting on how our work has evolved and expanded over the last 30 years. SCAN has changed in many […]

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Child Abuse in Northern Virginia: The Numbers

As we reflect on the impact of our programs in 2017, it’s an important time for us to gather new data about children and families in our communities. One of our favorite resources for statistics is Voices for Virginia’s Children, especially their links to the Kids Count Data Center, a project of the Annie E. Casey […]

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