Statistics, Policy & Research

Northern Virginia Child Abuse Statistics

Children in Child Abuse & Neglect Reports | DSS Report Victims Disposition and Risk Annual Report | July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016

Location Total Reported Children in Founded Cases Children in Valid Cases
(those not determined to be unfounded)
Alexandria 756 52 713
Arlington County 401 75 339
Fairfax County/City 3,107 266 2,557
Falls Church 0 0 0
Loudoun County 1,691 18 1,486
Manassas 157 22 129
Manassas Park 114 12 98
Prince William 3,605 655 1,340
Northern Virginia 9,831 1,100 6,662

Source: Online Automated Services Information System (OASIS), as of February 2017 | Virginia Department of Social Services
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SCAN’s Research
SCAN published its first white paper for child and family welfare professionals in October 2014. A resource focused on building resiliency in children through books, it includes research, directives, references and calls to action. Download our white papers:

SCAN’s 2017 Policy Agenda
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. Every member of the community plays a role in helping to realize this vision, and we believe it is important that policymakers at all levels – local, state and federal – work as partners in this effort. View SCAN’s 2017 Policy Agenda here.

SCAN’s Policy Advocacy

From our blog – Success in Richmond and Sending a Thank You – March 21, 2016

From our blog – UPDATE: 2016 VA General Assembly – January 22, 2016

From our blog – Advocacy: To Give a Voice – November 20, 2015

From our blog – Without Investment, We Leave Vulnerable Children – and Our Communities – At Risk — April 17, 2015

From our blog – An Update from Richmond: Children, Families, and the Current VA General Assembly Session — January 22, 2015

From our blog – 5 Tips to Advocate for Children in Virginia: “Speak Up for Children” Advocacy Day Wrap-Up — November 22, 2014

Virginia Policy Updates

Federal Policy Updates

Additional Policy Information and Resources