Child Advocacy

At SCAN, we believe that every child has the right to grow up in a safe, permanent home. We also believe that volunteers and family services professionals can provide an important voice for vulnerable children and helpful advice for frustrated parents; and that child abuse and neglect CAN be prevented. Click here to read our 2017 POLICY AGENDA.

Speak Up for Children Advocacy Day
On November 18, SCAN hosted its 4th Annual Speak Up for Children Training for Virginia Advocactes. (Download a Fact Sheet on the event here.) In partnership with Prevent Child Abuse Virginia and with support from Verizon, SCAN provided a day of training on legislative process, how to be an effective advocate and policy advocates. Elected officials also participate on a Legislative Panel to discuss key issues affecting vulnerable children and families which will be on the agenda in the upcoming Virginia General Assembly session. Browse the event on social media using #SpeakUpforChildren. Resources shared at the event include:

Through our child advocacy efforts — particularly through our Alexandria/Arlington CASA Program — we SERVE AS A VOICE for vulnerable children and an advocate for the well-being of all of Northern Virginia’s children.

Alexandria/Arlington CASA Program

The Alexandria/Arlington Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program provides trained volunteers appointed by the court to serve as a direct voice for children in the juvenile court system. The CASA Program has helped hundreds of abused and neglected children have a voice within the court system… MORE

Report Child Abuse

It is the responsibility of every community member to recognize, respond and react to signs of child abuse…MORE

Statistics and Policy

Our vision is for every child in Northern Virginia to grow up in a safe, stable, nurturing family, with the supports they need to contribute to strong communities today and as adults tomorrow. As an organization, SCAN serves as a voice on behalf of providers and others in the Northern Virginia area who work on a daily basis and their contributions are critical to this conversation…MORE

What is Child Abuse and Neglect?

Sometimes it is difficult to understand exactly what child abuse and neglect are. Child abuse is any mistreatment of a child (someone under 18) by a parent or caregiver that results in harm or injury. Child abuse includes…MORE

What is Child Sexual Abuse?

Child sexual abuse is any sexual act between an adult and a minor or between two minors when one exerts power over the other. Besides sexual contact, it also includes non-contact acts such as…MORE