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NEWS: Nominations OPEN for 2017 Ally in Prevention Awards

January 15, 2017

This April, during National Child Abuse Prevention Month, SCAN and its Allies in Prevention Coalition will host the 15th Annual Allies in Prevention Awards. Nominations are being accepted until February 10, 2017.

  • Download the official nomination form here.
  • Meet last year’s honorees here.

NEWS: SCAN Receives $5,000 Grant from RiteAid Foundation

January 12, 2017

The Rite Aid Foundation has now welcomed more than 430 charities to its KidCents program. Each of the organizations selected is dedicated to improving the health and wellness of children and will participate in the  program. Selected by Rite Aid associates and representative of the communities served by Rite Aid, each charity will receive a $5,000 KidCents grant in recognition of their efforts and participation in the KidCents program, totaling more than $1 million.

> Read more about the KidsCents Program here.


NEWS: GivingTuesday Kicks Off Year-End Giving Season!

November 29, 2016

11-29-2016-3Please Make a Year-End Gift to Support SCAN’s Child Abuse Prevention Programs: SCAN of Northern Virginia works to educate, energize and empower people to protect children in our community.  As 2016 draws to a close, please consider a year-end gift to change the lives of children and parents who need it most:

  • Your gift of $25 can provide a parent or pregnant teen enrolled in a parenting class with a Nurturing Parenting workbook, which can provide opportunities for self-reflection plus valuable reminders long after parenting class has ended.
  • Your gift of $60 can cover the printing and production costs of one CASA volunteer training manual. This training manual serves as a valuable resource for all of our CASA volunteers long after their 6 week, 32 hour training has ended.
  • Your gift of $150 can provide a pack and play with a bassinet, crib sheets and educational materials for new parents in our Operation Safe Babies program.
  • Your gift of $200 can provide the ingredients to make dinner for a parenting class (average 20 parents; 25 children). Before each parenting session, SCAN serves a family style dinner for the participant families to create community and reduce barriers to participation.


NEWS: 5th Annual Advocacy Day Empowers More Voices for Children in Northern Virginia

November 21, 2016

On November 18th, SCAN hosted its 5th Annual Speak Up for Children Advocacy Training, bringing together more than 40 elected officials, child welfare experts and community members for a day of public policy education and advocacy training.

Partners from Prevent Child Abuse Virginia and Voices for Virginia’s Children along with elected officials including Senator Jennifer Wexton and Senator Barbara Favola led discussions during the day-long, interactive workshop.  The group discussed effective advocacy tactics, legislative updates and policy priorities for the upcoming 2017 VA General Assembly session.

A central portion of the training focused on advocating for public policy relating to substance-exposed infants, as well as Erin’s Law, which requires that all public schools implement a prevention-oriented child sexual abuse program teaching child abuse awareness, recognition and reporting for students, parents and school personnel.  The law was introduced in Virginia last year but languished in the legislature.

The training was sponsored in part by Verizon. Volunteers from Boeing supported promotion, planning and facilitation of the event. Search for social media related to the event using @SCANofNOVA #SpeakUpforChildren. Explore resources from the training here.

NEWS: Toast to Hope Raises More Than $115,000, Honors Leana Katz with 2016 Cleary Award

November 13, 2016

leanakatz_2SCAN’s 14th Annual Toast to Hope fundraiser was held on November 12th at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington’s Gallery. The event—which invited more than 200 guests to “Be Anchors for Children”—included food and beverage tastings as well as live music, a Silent Auction and a Live Auction emceed by former Alexandria Mayor Kerry Donley. The event raised more than $115,000 to support child abuse prevention programs in Northern Virginia.

At the end of the evening, SCAN presented the 2016 Cleary Award to Leana Katz, a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Volunteer and ardent supporter of SCAN and its work in the community. Over nearly a decade of service as a CASA Volunteer, Leana has tirelessly advocated for 13 abused and neglected children across 7 families. Leana serves on SCAN’s Board Development Committee and is a founding member of SCAN’s Council of Young Professionals. She and her husband Marc are also founding sponsors of SCAN’s popular Croquet Day event each spring.

“Leana’s intimate work with at-risk children in our community motivates her generosity and leadership in strengthening our organization,” said Sonia Quiñónez, SCAN Executive Director. A mother of three, Leana has been an articulate spokesperson for the needs of children and families as well as a passionate advocate for the way SCAN’s programs support parents and protect children in our local community.

“We are celebrating Leana’s compassion as well as her deep understanding of the complex issues so many families face in our community today,” added Quiñónez.

This year’s Toast to Hope was made possible by lead sponsors Dave Cleary, Joe & Sara Carlin and Wells Fargo. Dozens of other businesses and individuals provided additional sponsorships, in-kind donations, and culinary and beverage tastings including King Street Blues, Virginia Imports, Ltd, Beltway Brewing Company and Tempo Restaurant.

About The Cleary Award
The Cleary Award was created to honor SCAN’s founder, Dave Cleary, and recognize both individuals and organizations whose dedication and commitment to children and families stand out in ways that make a positive difference in the lives of children in Northern Virginia.

About SCAN of Northern Virginia
SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) of Northern Virginia is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the well-being of children, improve parent-child relations and prevent child abuse and neglect. Our vision is that every child in Northern Virginia will grow up in a safe, stable, nurturing family, with the supports they need to contribute to stronger communities today and as adults tomorrow. We EDUCATE the community about the scope, nature and consequences of child abuse and neglect and the importance of positive, nurturing parenting; PROVIDE direct parent education; and ADVOCATE for children in the community, the legislature and the courts.

Learn more about SCAN at @scanofnova #toasttohope2016



NEWS: SCAN and PCAV to Host Advocacy Day Training on Nov. 18

October 18, 2016

14657507_10154081313970735_7034637525329542210_nOn Friday, November 18th, SCAN will partner with Prevent Child Abuse Virginia to host our 5th Annual “Speak Up for Children” Training for Virginia Advocates. Participants will better understand the legislative process and learn how to be an effective advocate. They’ll also hear policy advocates and legislators discuss some of the key issues affecting vulnerable children and families which will be on the agenda in the upcoming Virginia General Assembly session. #speakupforchildren

Please click here to register!

Learn more about the event on Facebook here.

NEWS: “Neurobiology of Trauma” Training in Loudoun on October 5th

September 13, 2016

loudounsummit_oct5soldoutTHIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT: SCAN, as part of The Loudoun Partnership for Resilient Children and Families, will present a training event on October 5th with trauma expert Dr. Chris Wilson. The event is intended for all community members, especially those who work with or interact with people who have suffered trauma, including law enforcement officers, child protective services professionals, commonwealth’s attorneys’ office staff, mental health providers, victim advocates, teachers, counselors and parents. The event is made possible with support from Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter (LAWS), Loudoun Child Advocacy Center, Northern Virginia Health Foundation, Ronald McDonald Charities of Washington DC and SCAN of Northern Virginia. There is $25 registration fee for the event, which will take place from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM at the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy in Ashburn, Va.

> To be added to a wait list for the event, please contact Tracy Leonard at tleonard(at)

> Download the event flyer here.

With more than 20 years of experience in the neurobiology of trauma, vicarious trauma, victim behavior, how to be trauma informed, and group process, Dr. Chris Wilson has worked with a wide variety of audiences. Dr. Wilson is currently a trainer for the United States Army’s Special Victim Unit Investigation Course, Legal Momentum, and You Have Options Program.

NEWS: SCAN to Host Nurturing Parenting Training

July 15, 2016
Join SCAN for a Nurturing Parenting Programs Three Day Seminar & Facilitator Training with Stephen J Bavolek, Ph.D., author of the Nurturing Parenting Programs®
  • Dates: August 9-11, 2016
  • Registration Deadline: Tuesday, July 26, 2016
  • Cost:  $300 per person  ($280 per person for groups of 5 or more)
  • Location:  First Christian Church of Alexandria* (new location) 2723 King St, Alexandria, VA
  • Times: 8:30 to 9:00 Sign-in (first day only)  9:00 to 4:00 training with one hour break for lunch (on your own)
Click here to see the flyer for more training details. 
Click here to register. 

NEWS: SCAN Croquet Day Raises Over $40,000 for Prevention

June 6, 2016

CroquetNews_2016Over 200 team members, families and volunteers enjoyed SCAN’s 4th Annual Croquet Day at Hensley Park this month, raising more than $40,000 for the organization’s child abuse prevention programs in Alexandria and across Northern Virginia.The tournament was led by Bob Kroeger—otherwise known as “Croquet Bob”—who was inducted into the Croquet Hall of Fame in 1999.

Presenting sponsors Dave Cleary and Marc and Leana Katz were joined by more than 30 individuals and local businesses including Access National Bank and McEnearney Associates. Food trucks were provided by District Taco and Rocklands Barbecue, while live music came courtesy of Two Blue. The “5 Ps” Team won first place in the tournament, led by Paul Davis, incoming president of SCAN’s Council of Young Professionals.

The 2016 Banker’s Cup went to “The Malet-ov Cocktails” Team sponsored by Access National Bank, with team captain Ben Lawler, of Access National Bank, and his teammates Dr. Jim Lee, George Kostel, and John Long. Access National Bank also sponsored a second team, “#PeelTheTurn,” with John McManus, Craig Shapero and Vikki Burkett.

The Best Team Name award was presented to “The Team Formerly Known as Prince” led by Keshaun Clark from WashingtonFirst Bank, and the Best Team Spirit award went to “The Best Bank in Town” Team from BB&T, led by Jennifer Ferrara with Marion Brunken, Adron Krekeler and Tina Townsend. The team from the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce was awarded “Best Team Uniform” for their Alice in Wonderland theme.

> View a PHOTO GALLERY on Facebook here.


NEWS: SCAN Public Education Manager Becomes Certified Darkness to Light Instructor

May 13, 2016

D2L_PartnerLogoSCAN Public Education Manager Tracy Leonard has completed training and testing to become a certified instructor for Darkness to Light. She is now approved to train facilitators to present the Stewards of Children child sexual abuse prevention curriculum.  On May 12, she trained her first 7 facilitators. Since SCAN became an official Partner in Prevention with D2L, we have trained 1,129 individuals to recognize, react and respond to child sexual abuse in our communities. Tracy’s certification means an even greater capacity to change behaviors in Northern Virginia, and new energy to reach a “tipping point” in prevention. Read more about this goal in Tracy’s latest blog post here.

NEWS: Del. Mark Levine Attends Strengthening Families

May 10, 2016

13221668_10153671024090735_5060533774252913250_nVirginia Delegate Mark Levine joined parents at SCAN’s Strengthening Families program on May 10th to learn more about the challenges faced by local families, as well discuss as how legislators can be a voice for parents and children in the year ahead. SCAN’s Strengthening Families parenting class series is made possible through a grant from the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth. Learn more about the grant from VFHY here.

NEWS: SCAN Honors Five with 2016 Allies in Prevention Awards

April 5, 2016

Four individuals and one local organization were honored today at SCAN’s 14th Annual Allies in Prevention Awards luncheon for their work to change the lives of children, parents and families in Northern Virginia.

ABC7’s Leon Harris, a SCAN Honorary Board member, presented the awards with SCAN Executive Director Sonia Quinonez and Keynote Speaker Dr. Avidan Milevsky. SCAN also launched a new Parent Resource Center app, funded by AT&T, at the event.

The 2016 Allies in Prevention honorees are:

ALEXANDRIA | The Women’s Giving Circle

AIPCAwards_AlexandriaThis year The Giving Circle, established in 2004 as the Women’s Giving Circle of Alexandria, reports that it has officially achieved its ambitious goal of serving Alexandria’s children by funding strategic and sustainable programs in the community. With collective donations of more than half a million dollars, the group has impacted thousands of Alexandria’s children and their parents, and the strategic impact of those gifts will be felt for many years to come. To complete its mission this year, The Giving Circle fulfilled its commitment to the Center for Alexandria’s Children (Alexandria’s Child Advocacy Center) with a gift of $30,000, for a total of $195,000 since its launch seven years ago. The Giving Circle’s remaining funds will be distributed as three final $6,000 gifts to support Alexandria’s youngest children through parental engagement at Healthy Families Alexandria, Reading Connection and the Family Links Program of Dream Dog Foundation. Supporters of The Giving Circle made it a priority to fund the organizations making the strongest connections with Alexandria’s children and families, and although The Giving Circle is coming to an end, the spirit of the organization will certainly live on through the organizations they empowered and the countless families forever impacted by their generous funding and passionate support.

ARLINGTON | Tabitha Kelly, LCSW, CPM

AIPCAwards_ArlingtonTabitha Kelly is the Division Chief for the Child & Family Services Division in Arlington County’s Department of Human Services. She was previously the Child Welfare Bureau Chief and has worked tirelessly in child abuse prevention for more than 18 years. During her tenure as Bureau Chief, outstanding outcomes for children included increased permanency, decreased length of foster care stays and a less than two percent recidivism rate for child maltreatment. But beyond her focused work to improve the policies and programs of the system — including instituting the Protective Factors framework and implementing a Kinship Symposium — it is her passion to see each child and parent as an individual that sets her work apart. As her nominator notes, “She continues to nurture an organizational culture that seeks out the strengths within families, and harnesses those strengths to overcome challenges and succeed.” Tabitha’s own children seem to inspire her commitment to others: “When I am met with a tough decision,” she says, “I consider how I would act if this were my child; I want nothing less for them than I would want for my own. Every day I try to lead by example: modeling the way by doing what I say, being consistent with my values, and striving to create a sense of urgency and compassion for all the children and families we serve.” A member of her staff notes, “Tabitha Kelly embodies a vision of excellence and leadership in child welfare that inspires us to be our best every day.” Children and families across Arlington County have certainly been blessed by her effort and impact.

FAIRFAX | Burnette Scarboro

AIPCAwards_FairfaxBurnette Scarboro was nominated because, as her nominator states, she has simply “always looked out for the welfare of children.” From her professional work in the Fairfax County Public School system to her experience as a leader on local and state PTA organizations, Burnette embodies what it means to see opportunities for prevention and take full advantage of them for the benefit of children. She is currently the Director of the South County Youth Network, a school-community coalition that builds community collaboration and implements quality drug and violence prevention strategies, programs and activities for adults and youth. Burnette’s commitment to making connections available to children is astounding — she has implemented everything from an Out-of-School Time program with computer/STEAM focus to Life Skills and anti-smoking programs to summer programs offering classes and meals to children while parents receive parenting and nutrition education. Burnette is, her nominator notes, a “wonderful, dedicated citizen who is an inspiration to our youth.” But she has also been an inspiration to other parents, school staff and community leaders, serving as PTA president at all three schools her own children attended (Stratford Landing, Carl Sandberg and West Potomac.) She also served on a Parent Commission for the Department of Education, the Lt. Governor’s Commonwealth Council for Childhood Success and the National Afterschool Alliance. Burnette’s daughter Syreeta, above, accepted the award on behalf of her mother.

LOUDOUN | Ellen Grunewald

AIPCAwards_LoudounEllen Grunewald has served as “a tenacious advocate for children” in Loudoun County’s Department of Family Services (DFS) for more than 25 years. She has championed many new projects in that time, including the long-awaited Loudoun Child Advocacy Center, a historic achievement for an economically diverse, rapidly growing community. Loudoun has added about 2,500 children annually to its schools in recent years, and there has been a parallel growth in the degree and types of victimization of children, especially in the area of domestic violence. Ellen’s work on both primary and secondary prevention projects has prepared the county to address these challenges, and contributed to Loudoun County DFS’s recognition by the Commonwealth for its best practices, quality services and efficient budget. “Ellen is a role model and leader for all professionals working with children,” notes her nominator. In a field that can often be emotionally and professionally draining, Ellen pushes ahead tirelessly and helps others do the same, providing invaluable advice and motivation along the way. A trusted mentor, “she has been a pioneer in bringing new and innovative programs to Loudoun County,” says her nominator. Ellen’s commitment to building connections among community partners like the County Attorney’s Office, the Child Advocacy Center, Loudoun Citizens for Social Justice and local law enforcement is helping to reduce victimization and the long-term effects of abuse and neglect. Ellen is retiring this year, but her contributions to the Loudoun community will certainly affect its children, parents and families for generations to come.

PRINCE WILLIAM | Carlos Castro

AIPCAwards_PrinceWilliamCarlos Castro’s story as an entrepreneur and community leader has been covered by everyone from USA Today to The Washington Post to NPR. But it is his connection with and commitment to the youth in his community, notes his nominator, that makes his vision and impact on abuse prevention so remarkable. A successful businessman who immigrated to the US from El Salvador in 1980, Carlos has been a passionate advocate for immigrants ever since, serving as a critical bridge between the Hispanic community and greater Prince William. “When he speaks,” notes his nominator, “both sides listen…he is always respected.” When Carlos sees opportunities to empower children and young adults in his community, he takes the initiative to make things happen. He employs students on probation, mentors boys at risk of gang participation and provides his grocery store employees with opportunities to learn how they can take action to recognize and prevent things like human trafficking and children being left alone in cars. Carlos is a father of four and has served on the PTO of his children’s schools, as well as HOLA and the Potomac Health Foundation. He serves as an unrivaled role model in our community, giving a voice to and empowering the youth he sees as the future of the community.

NEWS: SCAN Launches App for Parents with Support from AT&T

April 5, 2016

SCANApp_CardInsertIn conjunction with its Kids Need Connections campaign during National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) of Northern Virginia has launched a new app designed to make it easy for parents to connect with information on dozens of parenting topics. Thanks to a contribution from AT&T and other Public Education Program funders, the app takes content from SCAN’s well-established online Parent Resource Center and makes it available as an app for iPhone and Android users.

“SCAN does so many great things to keep Virginia’s children safe.  The new app is a tool to help give parents and caregivers more access to information they need anytime, anywhere. It’s another great resource offered by the organization,” said Vince Apruzzese, regional vice president for AT&T External Affairs in Virginia.

Apruzzese added AT&T’s Digital You initiative offers additional resources to help Virginians of all ages use mobile technology safely and responsibly.  Learn more at

The app officially launches April 5th, and will first be introduced to guests at SCAN’s 14th annual Allies in Prevention Awards luncheon. Popular topics that parents can access on the app include Positive Discipline, Anger Management, Co-Parenting and Family Stress and Resiliency. The app can be downloaded now on iTunes and Google Play, and will provide access to content, fact sheets and even MP3 audio files on some topics.

“Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for parents to access supportive information and real-life tips for the challenges they face,” said Sonia Quiñónez, SCAN’s Executive Director. “Our Kids Need Connections campaign is also about parents feeling connected. We’re excited about the possibility of reaching parents on-the-go, when they need information and support in their daily lives.”


About SCAN and Kids Need Connections

Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) of Northern Virginia is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the well-being of children, improve parent-child relations and prevent child abuse and neglect. Our vision is that every child in Northern Virginia will grow up in a safe, stable, nurturing family, with the supports they need to contribute to stronger communities today and as adults tomorrow.  We EDUCATE the community about the scope, nature and consequences of child abuse and neglect and the importance of positive, nurturing parenting; PROVIDE direct parent education; and ADVOCATE for children in the community, the legislature and the courts.

About Philanthropy & Social Innovation at AT&T

AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs. AT&T Aspire is AT&T’s signature philanthropic initiative that drives innovation in education by bringing diverse resources to bear on the issue including funding, technology, employee volunteerism, and mentoring. Through Aspire, we’ve passed the $250 million mark on our plan to invest $350 million in education from 2008-2017.


NEWS: April Calendar for Child Abuse Prevention Month

April 1, 2016

TakeActionCalendar_April2016webApril is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, one of the greatest opportunities SCAN has all year long to educate the public about the impact of child abuse and the power of prevention. This year, as part of its Kids Need Connections campaign, SCAN is sharing an April calendar full of great ways individuals, organizations and child welfare professionals can take action across Northern Virginia all month long!

> Download SCAN’s Child Abuse Prevention Month Calendar

NEWS: SCAN Announces Movie Screenings in April

March 1, 2016

SCAN will host two movie screenings of Breaking the Silence as part of its 2016 Northern Virginia Child Abuse Prevention Campaign (#kidsneedconnections) during National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April. Breaking the Silence is a documentary on child sexual abuse prevention that originally aired on TLC in August 2015, and was produced by our national partner Darkness to Light with support from RAINN and TLC. Please plan to join us:

  • On Tuesday, April 12 with our partners in the Child Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria, including the Center for Alexandria’s Children, Northern Virginia Family Service and the City of Alexandria. (Follow the event on Facebook here.) The screening will be held at Lee Rec Center, 1108 Jefferson St, Alexandria, VA 22314.  A 6:00 PM reception will be followed by film and discussion from 6:30 – 8:30 PM.
  • On Tuesday, April 26 with our partners from the new Loudoun County Partnership for Resilient Children and Families. (Follow the event on Facebook here.) The screening and a discussion will be held at Briar Woods High School, 22525 Belmont Ridge Rd, Ashburn, VA 20148 from 6:30 – 9:00 PM. DOWNLOAD A FLYER HERE


NEWS: Red Barn Mercantile to Host Shopping Night for SCAN

January 8, 2016

RBM_logoOld Town Alexandria’s Red Barn Mercantile will host a Shopping Night for SCAN on Thursday, February 11th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. They will donate a generous 20% of all sales to support SCAN’s child abuse prevention programs in the coming year. Learn more about the event (and spread the word!) on Facebook here.

> Download the Event Flyer.

Toast to Hope Honors Vicky Collins Foundation, Raises $80,000 for Child Abuse Prevention

ClearyAwardWEBNovember 7, 2015

SCAN’s 13th Annual Toast to Hope fundraiser, held at the United Universalist Church of Arlington on November 7th, raised more than $80,000 to support SCAN’s child abuse prevention programs. With more than 200 guests on hand, it also provided a perfect opportunity to award the 2015 Cleary Award to the Vicky Collins Charitable Foundation.

> Read coverage by here.
> See a photo gallery on Facebook here.

 During her life, Vicky Collins suffered a life-altering stroke leaving her quadriplegic; she was unable to talk, and could hear and see only with difficulty.

While recovering from her stroke, Collins became committed to the idea of using her estate to help disabled children who did not have the resources for basic human comforts, as well as adequate health care and therapy for their disabilities.

Collins set up a charitable foundation to provide help and resources for indigent and needy disabled children.

Since her death in 2003, the foundation has awarded more than $2 million in grants to help children with special needs in the Washington area.

“The impact of Vicky’s legacy lives on,” said Sonia Quinonez, SCAN’s executive director. “We are celebrating Vicky’s life and her legacy of caring for children in our community.”

The award was presented at SCAN’s 13th annual Toast to Hope fundraiser, which on Nov. 7 drew 225 people to Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington.

The event raised more than $80,000 to support SCAN’s child-abuse-prevention programs.

Mark Cummings, one of those entrusted by Collins to administer the foundation, was among those on hand to receive the award.

“Vicky’s desire to provide a boost to children living in crisis situations is embodied in the foundation’s support for SCAN’s CASA [Court Appointed Special Advocate] Program,” Cummings said. “CASA volunteers are dedicated, selfless individuals, just like Vicky. Together, Vicky’s legacy and the dedication of SCAN’s volunteers today give voice to the needs of very vulnerable children here in our own community.”

“The foundation’s support of our Alexandria/Arlington CASA Program has helped hundreds of children over the years, giving them a voice when they might otherwise not be heard,” Quinonez said.

The Cleary Award was created to honor SCAN’s founder, Dave Cleary, and recognize both individuals and organizations whose dedication and commitment to children and families stand out in ways that make a positive difference in the lives of children in Northern Virginia.

> Read coverage by here.
> See a photo gallery on Facebook here.

NEWS: SCAN to Host Advocacy Day Training on November 17th

October 8, 2015

SCAN has announced a location for its 4th Annual Speak Up for Children Advocacy Training to be held on November 17, 2015. Attendees, special guests and elected officials will come together at the Fairfax South County Government Building for a day of education and empowerment to become better advocates for children and families in Northern Virginia.  They’ll also hear policy advocates and legislators discuss some of the key issues affecting vulnerable children and families which will be on the agenda in the upcoming Virginia General Assembly session. Christie Marra with Virginia Poverty Law Center will be leading our Advocacy 101 Session.

> Download a flyer for the event HERE.

> Register online for the event HERE.

NEWS: Tickets on Sale for Toast to Hope

October 2, 2015

TTH2015_EMAILInvitationSCAN’s 13th Annual Toast to Hope “The Sky’s the Limit!” is just five weeks away, and tickets are currently on sale here. More than 30 sponsors have signed on to support the event, which will include wine & craft beer tastings, gourmet food samplings, live music and a silent auction. The event is being held in the art gallery of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, a unique modern structure by renowned modern architect Charles Goodman, who was influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe. Tickets begin at $75 per guest.

> Download an invitation to the event here.

> Purchase tickets and sponsorships here.

NEWS: SCAN Receives Three-Year Grant for Strengthening Families

September 11, 2015

healthyyouthbrochure2014_final-1The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth has awarded a three-year, $180,000 grant to SCAN of Northern Virginia to support parent education/engagement that facilitates youth tobacco use prevention in the city. SCAN of Northern Virginia, Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) and Alexandria Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) will work together over the next three years to provide a series of Strengthening Families trainings in ACPS schools, Risky Behavior forums for parents, and a variety of other public education and outreach events.

“We are thrilled to have this new support to educate families about more effective parenting and the role it plays in reducing risk factors, as well as directly educating students about the dangers of tobacco and drug use,” said Marisol Morales, Parent Education Program Manager at SCAN of Northern Virginia.  SCAN will lead the first Strengthening Families training at Hammond Middle School in late September.

The Family and Community Engagement Center (FACE) at Alexandria Public Schools will provide access to schools and outreach to parents in the district, as well as staff support during trainings. Alexandria DCHS will be responsible for implementing community awareness initiatives that

build a school environment against youth tobacco use.

“Working with community partners like ACPS and DCHS, we know our work can have an even greater impact on families in our community,” said Morales. “This grant is a valuable opportunity to reach students—where they are—as well as parents and other adults in the community who can connect with kids to make a difference.”

About the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth (VFHY): Established by the Virginia General Assembly in 1999, the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth empowers Virginia’s youth to make healthy choices by promoting active, nutritious and tobacco-free living. Since the Foundation began its work in 2001, high school smoking in Virginia has been cut by more than 60 percent and the number of middle school smokers has dropped by more than 75 percent!

The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth directly reaches about 50,000 children each year through classroom-based prevention programs in public schools, after-school programs, community centers, day cares and prevention programs across the state. VFHY’s award-winning marketing campaigns deliver prevention messaging to more than 500,000 children annually.


NEWS: SCAN Trains 1,000th Adult in Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

September 8, 2015

Last week, SCAN of Northern Virginia hosted a Stewards of Children training on child sexual abuse prevention. It was the 6th training SCAN offered this summer, and marked the 1,000th adult trained by SCAN in the nationally-recognized program from Darkness to Light.

Since partnering with Darkness to Light three years ago, SCAN has provided trainings for organizations across Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William, including childcare centers, faith groups, summer camps, school districts, volunteer groups, parent groups and more.  SCAN partners with the Center for Alexandria’s Children, another D2L partner, for trainings in Alexandria.

“Even though I have done 20 trainings and trained 358 adults myself, I learn something new every time,” said Tracy Leonard, SCAN’s Public Education Manager and a certified Stewards of Children facilitator. “Sometimes it is details about the survivors who are sharing their stories and sometimes it is new tips and scenarios.  There is one constant though from each training: children need to experience a safe, happy, and healthy childhood and it is an adult’s responsibility to help protect them and make it so.”

SCAN wrote a blog post about the milestone here. Local organizations interested in sponsoring a training can contact SCAN of Northern Virginia at 703-820-9001 or learn more here.

Sally Richards Joins SCAN as Director of Development

SallyRichards_SCANAugust 27, 2015

SCAN announced today that Sally Richards has accepted the position of Director of Development and will begin on September 8th. Since moving to Alexandria in 2014, Ms. Richards has been involved with grant writing and fundraising locally at Volunteer Alexandria, where she spearheaded their successful free agent fundraising during Spring2Action in April.

“I am excited to join the team at SCAN with whom I share a passion for helping protect abused and neglected children,” said Ms. Richards. “Having advocated for children as a lawyer, I now look forward to serving children in a different capacity.”

Ms. Richards volunteers with the Del Ray Business Association, Volunteer Alexandria and Before moving, she was an attorney working as a Guardian ad Litem in Ohio, where she also served on the board of Conneaut Community Foundation, Inc. and consulted for the Conneaut Historical Society. Ms. Richards graduated with a law degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University and a B.A. from RIT Eisenhower College.

“SCAN looks forward to strengthening our team with the addition of Sally Richards,” said Sonia Quiñónez, SCAN’s Executive Director. “Our board of directors and program staff look forward to partnering with Sally as we seek to gather resources to support SCAN’s child abuse prevention work here in Northern Virginia.”

Read coverage of Sally’s new role on, and in the Alexandria Gazette-Packet.

NEWS: SCAN to Benefit from “Rock at the Row”

July 14, 2015

SCAN has been selected to benefit  from Pentagon Row’s outdoor summer concert series “Rock at the Row.” Returning for its 13th year,  the live music event will take place Thursdays, July 16th thru August 20th from 7-9pm. Guests can enter the VIP section for $10 a person, taste local brews (with our friends from On Tap Magazine) and sample food from some of Pentagon Row’s favorite eateries. For the second year, all proceeds from VIP admission will be donated to SCAN. SCAN volunteers will be on-site to staff the VIP section and share information about our programs. Interest in volunteering? Email to sign up for a shift today! The schedule of live music includes:

July 16 – Slippery When Wet
VIP Featuring Coastal Brewery, Sine Irish Pub & Bonefish Grill

July 23 – Kristen and The Noise
VIP Featuring O’Connor Brewing Company, Nando’s Peri Peri & Champps Americana

July 30 – White Ford Bronco
VIP Featuring South Street Brewing Company, Bonefish Grill & Noodles & Company

August 1 – Special Saturday Night Concert: The 257th Army Band, Band of of the Nation’s Capital

August 6 – The Reagan Years
VIP Featuring Devil’s Backbone Brewery, Nando’s Peri Peri & Sine Irish Pub

August 13 – The Rockets
VIP Featuring Mad Fox Brewing, Bonefish Grill & Champps Americana

August 20 – Gonzo’s Nose
VIP Featuring Star Hill Brewery, Noodles & Company, Nando’s Peri Peri & Sine Irish Pub

NEWS: Hon. Jim Moran Honored at SCAN Circle of Hope Reception

May 15, 2015

Moran withSCAN Board Member Tim and Jennifer Gale opened their home for a special reception of Circle of Hope members on May 15th, providing an ideal opportunity to introduce new friends to SCAN’s child abuse prevention programs and present Hon. Jim Moran with the 2015 Cleary Award. Rep. Moran has represented the 8th Congressional District for 23 years, serving as a committed spokesperson for the importance of child abuse prevention and as an Honorary SCAN Board Member for more than a decade. The Cleary Award was created to honor SCAN’s founder, Dave Cleary, and recognize both individuals and organizations whose dedication and commitment to children and families stand out in ways that make a positive difference in the lives of children in Northern Virginia. Dozens of guests included new Honorary Board Member Hon. Don Beyer and SCAN founder Dave Cleary.

> Explore a PHOTO GALLERY of the event on Facebook

NEWS: SCAN awarded $85,000 for Operation Safe Babies

May 11, 2015

OSB_logoREVERSECareFirst will award more than $3.1 million to seven health care organizations working to improve the health of uninsured and underinsured mothers and their babies – particularly those in the National Capital Area, where the infant mortality rate still exceeds the national average. During the next three years, SCAN will receive more than $85,000 to purchase cribs and increase safe sleep education for its Operation Safe Babies program in Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax. Learn more about the new program here.

NEWS: 3rd Annual Croquet Day Scheduled for May 30th

May 5, 2015

Croquet_logoFINALOn May 30th, SCAN will host its 3rd Annual Croquet Day fundraiser. We are thrilled to announce special guests and celebrity judges include WASH-FM’s Jenni Chase, ABC7 News Anchor Scott Thuman and Senator Barbara Favola. With a focus on family-friendly fun, the day will include 2 official croquet games, prizes and awards, food trucks including District Taco, MeggRolls and Rocklands Barbecue and much more! The event will raise funds to support SCAN’s child abuse prevention programs in the coming year. Tickets can be purchased for players and spectators, and sponsorships are still available.

> Learn more about Croquet Day (including tickets and volunteer opportunities) here

NEWS: SCAN to Host Dialogue with Faith Groups & Human Services

May 1, 2015

SCANFaithSummit_FlyerAOn June 5, 2015, SCAN and its Allies in Prevention Coalition will host Mobilizing Connections to Strengthen Families: A Dialogue Between FAITH COMMUNITIES and HUMAN SERVICES. From 8:00 – 11:00 am, participants will gather at Unitarian Universalists Church in Arlington for discussion, sharing and connection-building to address the issues surrounding child abuse and family violence. The planning committee hopes to:

  1. Create awareness and learn about family stress, child abuse, and positive parenting.
  2. Spark continuing dialogue between faith communities and human services regarding family issues.
  3. Ensure participants have access to tangible strategies and resources that can be used in their own community or workplace to promote healthy families.
  4. Support continuing efforts of newly formed relationships that will work together to engage in activities to build connections for families.

To register for the event contact Tracy Leonard, SCAN Public Education Manager, at 703-820-9001 or via email at

> Download the EVENT FLYER here

> Learn more about SCAN’s resources for Faith Communities here

NEWS: SCAN Honors 2015 Allies in Prevention Award Winners

March 25, 2015

10349018_10152771540375735_7343799455530162313_nWith help from ABC7′s Leon Harris, SCAN honored five heroes for their work to prevent child abuse and support families in Northern Virginia at its 13th Annual Allies in Prevention Awards Luncheon on March 25, 2015. Honorees were selected by a task force of the Allies in Prevention Coalition from five jurisdictions across Northern Virginia and included: Jennifer Landis-Santos, a Parent & Youth Workshop Facilitator, Program Coordinator and Mental Health Therapist for Arlington County; Cheryl Keiper, Parent Education Program Supervisor for Fairfax County; Donna Fortier, Executive Director of Mobile Hope in Loudoun County; and Kristiana Poole, Victim Advocate for Quantico Marine Base’s Family Advocacy Program (FAP). In Alexandria, the honor was given in memoriam to Laurie Meyer, founding Team Leader for Alexandria’s Community Wraparound Team in the Department of Community and Human Services, who passed away in 2014. Her husband Robert Nash and daughter Rebecca Nash accepted the award on her behalf.

LaMar Henderson, MSW, LCISW, provided a passionate Keynote Address on his personal experiences with child abuse as well as his professional commitment to building life-changing connections for children. Sponsors of the event included Joe & Sara Carlin, Leana & Marc Katz, SpeedPro Imaging, Tim Stock and The Hon. George D. Varoutsos.

Learn more about the Allies in Prevention Awards — as well as more details about the 2015 honorees – on our blog here.

NEWS: SCAN to Host Sold-Out Workshop on Fathers: “Beyond Biological”

March 23, 2015

img_0399On March 25th, before its 13th Annual Allies in Prevention Awards, SCAN will host a morning workshop led by special guest LaMar Henderson, MSW, LICSW. The workshop, which is at maximum capacity, is titled: Beyond Biological: Preserving the Emotional Connection Between Fathers and their Children.” Mr. Henderson will also give the Keynote Address at the awards luncheon later in the day, where SCAN will launch its 2015 Northern Virginia Child Abuse Prevention Campaign and distribute materials from its Kids Need Connections campaign. If professionals are interested in attending a similar workshop later this year, please contact SCAN’s Public Education Manager Tracy Leonard at to express your interest.

NEWS: SCAN working with partners in Alexandria to offer FREE prevention trainings in April

PinwheelPartnerYardSign_2015alexandriaMarch 13, 2015

SCAN is working with partners at the Center for Alexandria’s Children, Northern Virginia Family Service and the City of Alexandria’s DCHS to promote awareness about child abuse prevention this April for National Child Abuse Prevention Month. In addition to helping groups plant pinwheel gardens across the area, partners will offer a series of FREE trainings meant to empower individuals to prevent child sexual abuse and recognize and respond to abuse and neglect in their own communities. Registration is REQUIRED for each of the five trainings. Download a flyer providing training details and dates here. Register online here.

NEWS: The SCAN Office has Moved!

February 27, 2015

We are in the process of moving! As of March 1, 2015, SCAN will be located at 205 S. Whiting Street, Suite 205, Alexandria, VA 22304. Our phone number has not changed (703-820-9001) but may not be answered during the move. Please bare with us during this transition. Then, come see us in our new offices! For more contact information, click here. Special thanks to the many volunteers helping during the process, and to Reputation Movers who have donated their services in memory of Carol Cleary. (Learn more about Carol Cleary’s legacy at SCAN here.)

NEWS: SCAN to Host Resiliency Training 1/29

January 5, 2015

SCAN will hold a FREE Resiliency Training and Volunteer Workshop on January 29 at First Assembly of God Church in Alexandria. Participants will receive an introduction to Resiliency Theory, overview of positive behavior management techniques, and activity ideas for teaching resiliency skills to the families with whom they work.  Guests will also learn more about volunteer opportunities with SCAN’s ABCs of Nurturing Parenting Program. Dinner will be provided; to register please contact Sarah Ford, SCAN Parent Education Intern, at or 703-820-9001. Download a flyer for the event here.

NEWS: SCAN’s Advocacy Day a Success, Offering Resources for the Year Ahead

December 29, 2014

In late November, SCAN hosted its 3rd Annual Advocacy Training through a partnership with Prevent Child Abuse Virginia. With guests from Virginia Poverty Law Center, Commonwealth Institute, Voices for Adoption and Youth for Tomorrow — as well as six local legislators including SCAN Honorary Board Member Sen. Barbara Favola — the event provided valuable training and insight for more than 50 attendees ahead of the 2015 legislative session. A complete recap of the day on social media is available here via Storify, including links to SCAN’s blog Connections and the article published on, “5 Tips to Advocate for Children in Virginia.”

> Read more about the day (including quotes and tips from speakers) here

NEWS: 2 SCAN Volunteers Inspire Giving this Holiday Season

December 10, 2014

Last year, over 200 volunteers made SCAN’s work possible. This month, two of those volunteers — who made the decision to donate money in addition to their time at SCAN — shared their thoughts on why financially supporting SCAN has become an important compliment to their volunteer work, and invited other volunteers to consider doing the same. The messages from Leana Katz and Kelly Harbitter were sent out to SCAN’s volunteer base earlier this month, and are being shared again here during our most critical fundraising season. You can download the letters from Leana and Kelly here, or continue reading below:

Dear Volunteers,

019As a SCAN volunteer, I know what it is like to give one’s time and energy to a cause in which you believe strongly. This is, however, the season of giving, which makes it the perfect time to think about giving even more.

As a CASA volunteer for the past seven years, I know that I have made a difference in the lives of the children in my cases. I could not have done this without the help and dedication of SCAN’s staff. They have always been there if I’ve had a question, needed feedback on a report, or just needed to talk over my case with someone besides my own self.

Through the years of popping into SCAN’s offices and meeting with supervisors, I’ve had the opportunity to learn more about SCAN’s other programs and initiatives – such as their parenting classes at TC Williams High School, Sonia’s Parenting Today Radio program, the Darkness to Light child sexual abuse prevention program, and the Allies in Prevention Coalition – to name a few.

Every day the staff of SCAN is working hard to support parents, advocate for children and strengthen families in our communities. To do so, SCAN relies on corporate and private donations in combination with state and federal grants. A couple years ago I was inspired to begin donating to SCAN. I did so, in part, because my husband and I were at a place when it became financially feasible, but more so, because I believe that local children and families are stronger and safer because of the work that SCAN does each and every day.

If you decide to make a gift to SCAN, you have the option of making a one-time gift or signing up to make monthly contributions. Monthly giving allows you to affordably make a more meaningful annual gift. Remember, no gift is too small!

And believe me, the staff at SCAN truly appreciates any and all financial donations. Each and every time I’ve given, I’ve received a personalized thank you note in the mail. Remember, SCAN literally could not do the work they do without the generosity of people like you and me. So, as you think about gifts and giving this holiday season please do consider making a gift to SCAN. It will be more appreciated than you could have imagined!


Leana Katz, CASA Volunteer, Circle of Hope Member

Dear Volunteers,

kellyh_finalforblogI contribute to SCAN because – as a volunteer – I see first hand how this organization’s work makes a positive impact in the community where I live.

As this season of giving approaches, I recognize you all receive many requests for financial contributions to many worthy causes. This year, I invite you to consider making a contribution to an organization you know very well: SCAN of Northern Virginia.

As a CASA volunteer, I have seen families recover from trauma and children find safe and permanent homes because of the education, support, resources and advocacy that SCAN provides. I imagine that you, too, have witnessed first-hand the immense value of this organization.

You already give generously of your time to SCAN’s mission, and I know the organization’s board and staff are forever grateful for your commitment. Indeed, volunteers are the lifeblood of SCAN’s ability to reach out to our communities. But, like any business, the organization also requires financial support for administration, staffing, outreach and operations.

SCAN provides essential support to families and children in our community, helping to prevent child abuse, and provide services for families in distress. Through its parent education classes, community outreach, and advocacy for children involved in the judicial system, SCAN provides a holistic network of child abuse awareness, prevention and recovery.

Sadly, there is a great deal of work to do in our community. Nearly 10,000 children were reported abused last year in Northern Virginia. Over 160 children required advocates in the juvenile and family court system. Parent education and effective advocacy can help address the current need, and reduce potential abuse in the future. But it takes a significant investment to make that happen. When I considered these resource demands, I wanted to augment the time I gave as a volunteer with a financial gift to the organization.

Any donation, large or small, will help a child and family in need in our community. SCAN has many ways individuals can contribute, and I encourage you to take a look at the innovative sponsorship opportunities and individual giving options available.

Again, thank you for all you do for SCAN – your donation of time is the most important gift of all!


Kelly Harbitter, CASA Volunteer, Circle of Hope Member


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Support SCAN for #GivingTuesday on December 2nd

November 20, 2014

SCAN has joined #GivingTuesday, a worldwide effort that will harness the collective power of a unique blend of partners—charities, families, businesses and individuals—to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. Taking place December 2, 2014 – the Tuesday after Thanksgiving – #GivingTuesday will harness the power of social media to create a national moment around the holidays dedicated to giving, similar to how Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become days that are, today, synonymous with holiday shopping.

Noted as “one of the best nonprofits in the DC region” by the Catalogue for Philanthropy this year, we’ll be accepting donations on December 2nd through their site here, where we’ll track our goal of raising $5,000 during one day of giving. We also welcome you to join our Council of Young Professionals in posting a photo to our Facebook page or Twitter feed with the hashtags #givingtuesday and #unselfie. Tell your friends about why you choose to support SCAN on #GivingTuesday!

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NEWS: Toast to Hope Raises $80,000+ for Child Abuse Prevention

October 28, 2014

IMG_6094SCAN’s 12th Annual Toast to Hope fundraiser raised more than $80,000 on Saturday, October 25th at Artisphere in Arlington. Wells Fargo, SCAN founder Dave Cleary, Joe & Sarah Carlin and Leana & Mark Katz were lead sponsors of the event. The food, wine and beer-tasting event — with a theme of “Let’s Make Childhood Magic!” — served as a celebration of SCAN’s accomplishments over the past 26 years, as well as an opportunity for guests to be a part of the magic that happens when communities connect with their most at-risk children and families.  More than 230 guests helped raise the critical funds that will support SCAN’s child abuse prevention programs in the coming year. Part of the “magic” of the evening was certainly thanks to magician “Magic by Geo” and musician “Poor Boy.” Culinary Sponsors included To Your Taste Catering, Tempo Restaurant, Dishes of India, Mexicali Blues and Chadwicks. Vinterners included Barboursville Vineyards and Virginia Imports Ltd. This year also highlighted a collection of generous local breweries: Forge Brew Works, Mad Fox Brewing Company, Port City Brewing Company, Rock Bottom Brewery and Starr Hill Brewery. Media coverage of the event included:

Learn more about the event and meet all of the sponsors who made it possible here.

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NEWS: Advocacy Training Day on November 18th

September 19, 2014

c&p_EnEWSiMAGEOn Tuesday, November 18th, SCAN will partner with Prevent Child Abuse Virginia to host a “Speak Up for Children” Training for Virginia Advocates. Participants will better understand the legislative process and learn how to be an effective advocate. They’ll also hear policy advocates and legislators discuss some of the key issues affecting vulnerable children and families which will be on the agenda in the upcoming Virginia General Assembly session. Legislative panelists include Senator Barker, Senator Favola, Delegate Hope, Delegate Lopez, Delegate Albo and Delegate Herring. Policy discussions will include Foster Care and Adoption,  Mental Health Resources for Virginia’s Youth and Human Trafficking. RSVP by November 11, 2014.

For more details read the flyer here.
To register, purchase the box lunch or learn more please visit:

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NEWS: SCAN to Host ‘Building Resiliency through Books’ Workshop

ChildrensStoriesatCAC_October10thSeptember 10, 2014

As a part of our Kids Need Connections child abuse prevention campaign, SCAN has designed a series entitled Children’s Stories That Build Resiliency. On October 10th, SCAN will host a workshop at the Center for Alexandria’s Children that will include an overview of resiliency in children, why it is important and how it can be built, and how to use these stories to tap into a child’s love of reading and discovery of themselves. We will be highlighting the story The Invisible String by Patrice Karst, reviewing the questions, as well as participating in two activities in which the story can be extended. Download a FLYER for the event here, or REGISTER online here.

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NEWS: Sponsorships and tickets now available for Toast to Hope 2014

July 15, 2014

PrintSCAN has set Saturday, October 25th as the date for its annual Toast to Hope fundraiser. The event — with the theme of “Make every childhood magic!” — will take place at Artisphere in Arlington, and include wine & beer tastings, gourmet cuisine and a silent auction & games for guests. Click here to learn more, explore sponsorship opportunities and purchase tickets.

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NEWS: SCAN to give Operation Safe Babies presentation on August 18th

August 6, 2014

Megan Sharma, a SCAN intern, will be presenting Operation Safe Babies at the Physician’s Conference Center at Inova Fairfax Hospital on August 18th, after her summer of research and resource development at SCAN. Download a flyer about the event here.

The goal of this initiative is to educate parents, families and caregivers about how to prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome and Sudden Infant Death/Sudden Unexpected Infant Death. Megan’s presentation will begin at 10:15 AM and is intended for professionals and paraprofessionals who work closely with parents and parents-to-be. It will include research as well as open discussion about these issues and how to educate/support parents of infants. If you would like to attend, email Megan at

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NEWS: SCAN’s Croquet Day Raises More than $30,000!

June 9, 2014

On June 7th, SCAN welcome more than 200 supporters to Hensley Park in Alexandria for its 2nd Annual Croquet Day. What a success! Thanks to the generosity of sponsors — including lead sponsors AT&T and The Katz Family — the fun, family-friendly event raised $34,000 to support SCAN’s child abuse prevention programs in the coming year. Meet all of the sponsors and learn more about Croquet Day here.

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NEWS: SCAN Selected for 2014-2015 Catalogue for Philanthropy

May 31, 2014

CFP_20142015We are thrilled to announce that SCAN has been selected for the 2014-2015 Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington. The official publication — which profiles the region’s best nonprofits — will be released in November, and we are so grateful to be in such incredible company! Learn more about the publications and see the full list of selected nonprofits here.

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NEWS: One month until SCAN’s Croquet Day!

May 8, 2014

SCANCroquetDay_PrintAdMay2014Team registrations and final preparations continue as we get ready for SCAN’s Croquet Day on Saturday, June 7th. Supporters might also see our print ad in May issues of the Alexandria Sun-Gazette and Fairfax Sun-Gazette, media sponsors for this 2nd annual event. For friends who can’t attend the event, SCAN is now offering “Family Sponsorships” — a $75 donation that will allow a family from one of SCAN’s programs the chance to enjoy a fun day of family time together! Learn more about teams, tickets and sponsorships here.

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From the blog: Wear Blue Day 2014

April 14, 2014

It was just a single day, but we were overwhelmed by the amount of support and FUN we had for our first Wear Blue Day! This was a nationwide initiative established by Prevent Child Abuse America, but on a state level Prevent Child Abuse Virginia set the date for our region. We are so grateful to the dozens of individuals and organizations who participated — every person in blue signified support for prevention initiatives and reminded us of another CONNECTION for kids here in our community, a great tie-in with our new Kids Need Connections campaign.

So THANK YOU if you participated, and we hope you enjoy some of our favorite pics of the day:








NEWS: SCAN Raises $10,000 in 24 hours during Spring2Action

April 10, 2014

thankyouOn April 9th during Spring2Action — one day of incredible giving in Alexandria — hundreds of local nonprofits raised an unprecedented $1,000,000+ in 24 hours. SCAN was thrilled to be a part of the day, surpassing its own goal of $10,000 thanks to the generosity of more than 80 donors. Two “free agent fundraisers,” Chelsey Ney and Megan Tuttle worked individually in their own networks to raise more than $2,000 of the total for SCAN. Matching grants from the Bruhn Morris Foundation, Mason Hirst Foundation and SCAN’s Board of Directors also played an important role in the fundraiser’s success.

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NEWS: SCAN’s Carrie Cannon Honored by FACT of Virginia

April 9, 2014

SCAN’s CASA Program Director Carrie Cannon was honored by the Family and Children’s Trust Fund of Virginia during Prevention Child Abuse Virginia’s annual conference in Richmond. The awards recognize individuals like Carrie whose prevention, intervention and treatment efforts in the area of child abuse and neglect have shown exceptional merit. Carrie was celebrated for her work recruiting, training and supporting nearly 80 advocates in the Alexandria/Arlington CASA Program as well as managing her own caseload. During Carrie’s tenure, she also expended the program beyond Alexandria to include Arlington, and led targeted recruitment efforts to add gender and ethnic diversity to the volunteer.

Learn more about the SCAN’s Alexandria/Arlington CASA Program here.

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NEWS: Six Honored with 2014 Allies In Prevention Awards

April 1, 2014

2014AwardsWinnersSCAN and the Allies in Prevention Coalition honored six individuals for their work to prevent child abuse and protect families across Northern Virginia. The 12th Annual Allies in Prevention Awards were presented by emcee Leon Harris from ABC7, and began with a Keynote Address from Dr. Terry Morris, a NASA scientist who shared his personal experience as a child experiencing abuse, neglect and time in the foster care system.

The 2014 Allies in Prevention Award winners are Norka Antelo and Amalia Quinones from Alexandria, Dr. Heather Stowe from Arlington, Robin Hamby from Fairfax, Det. Bob Thompson from Loudoun and Gloria Washington from Prince William. Read more about the award winners here.

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NEWS: SCAN Launches ‘Kids Need Connections’ Campaign for Child Abuse Prevention Month

April 1, 2014


SCAN launched a brand new community education campaign on the first day of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Kids Need Connections (or in Spanish, Los Niños Necesitan Conexiones) is a message focused on the fact that when children have strong, healthy relationships with nurturing adults, they are more likely to be safer, stronger and happier children.

In addition to educating the public about the power of positive adult-child relationships, the campaign will work to empower all adults — from parents to neighbors to professionals — to take action to strengthen connections with the children in their lives and communities.

Follow the campaign on social media with the hashtag #kidsneedconnections

> Learn more about the Kids Need Connections Campaign

> Support the campaign during April as a Pinwheel Partner

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NEWS: Burke & Herbert Bank & SCAN Partner for Coin Drive

March 25, 2014

Burke & Herbert Bank is once again partnering with SCAN of Northern Virginia as a Pinwheel Partner during National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This year they will sponsor a community-wide Coin Drive to support SCAN’s child abuse prevention programs. To participate, individuals and groups can simply collect coins and make a donation at one of nine designated branches with coin machines. (See flyer below for locations.) Be sure to let the teller know you would like your coins to go to SCAN, and Burke & Herbert will MATCH the amount up to $1,000!

A number of local high school groups have already signed on to collect coins in their communities to support child abuse prevention.

Download the Coin Drive Flyer to get a group involved in your community!

> Meet all of our 2014 Pinwheel Partners here

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NEWS: SCAN to Participate in Wear Blue Day on April 9th

March 1, 2014

SCAN will rally supporters across Northern Virginia for Wear Blue Day on April 9th during National Child Abuse Prevention Month. A nationwide initiative to show support for prevention initiatives, SCAN will also use the day to express to children how many supportive, adult connections exist for them in their community.  Participants are encourage to take photos and share them on SCAN’s Facebook Page or tweet them to @SCANOFNOVA with the #wearbluedayva.

Download the Wear Blue Day Flyer to get a group involved in your community!

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NEWS: Call for nominations for 12th Annual Allies in Prevention Awards

January 13, 2014

SCAN and its Allies in Prevention Coalition will once again honor five individuals this April during National Child Abuse Prevention Month at the 2014 Allies in Prevention Awards Luncheon. Do you know a hero working to protect children, support parents and strengthen families in our community? One honoree is selected from each of the five regions of Northern Virginia: Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William. Click HERE to earn more about the event and download a nomination form today! Nominations are due by February 10, 2014.

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NEWS: Registration open for Spring 2014 ABCs of Parenting Classes

January 8, 2014

Registration is now open for the spring class of SCAN’s ABCs of Parenting for English-speaking families. The classes will run February 6 – April 3, and take place in Alexandria. The FREE 8-week series includes a light meal and children’s program, but requires pre-registration. Registration for the ABCs of Parenting series in Spanish will begin March 24. Learn more about SCAN’s Parenting Classes (and download a flyer) HERE.

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NEWS: SCAN’s ‘Looking Forward to YEAR26′ campaign a success!

January 6, 2014

Year26_emailgraphicThanks to hundreds of generous donors, SCAN’s end-of-year giving campaign to cap off its 25th anniversary was successful. Supporters helped SCAN meet its goal of $26,000 to kick off its 26th year as an organization working to prevent child abuse and neglect in Northern Virginia. A number of donors also became members of SCAN’s new GEMs (Giving Every Month Society) during the campaign. To learn more about supporting SCAN, click here.

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NEWS: SCAN Board & Executive Director Alumni Make Special Anniversary Donation

November 6, 2013

Dozens of alumni from SCAN’s Board of Directors as well as current and former Executive Directors throughout the organization’s 25-year history made a special contribution at SCAN’s recent Toast to Hope event. In a special presentation to SCAN Founder Dave Cleary, the group presented a check for more than $25,000 to support SCAN’s child abuse prevention programs as it celebrates its 25th anniversary.


Current board members and board alumni are pictured below at the event:



Back row (L to R): Patti Boerger, Brian Moran, Laura Walsh, Joe Carlin, Susan Harris, Mary Phelps, Kevin Monroe, Doug Brown, Tim Lovain

Middle row (L to R): Ana Lucia Lico, Molly Davis, Jason Osser, Dave Cleary, Diane Charles, Gail Ledford, Susan Kirkley Heck, Nancy Hall, Kimberly O’Donnell, Kathleen Cox, Kim Fiske, Mary Kudless

Front Row (L to R): Sonia Quinonez, Darryl Dove, Sabrina Black, Donna Fleming, Patricia Barron, Christine Calpin, Jeff Bliss, Tom Hay, Charles Spearman

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NEWS: Toast to Hope Raises over $95,000 for SCAN

November 3, 2013

SCAN’s 11th Annual Toast to Hope on November 2nd broke every record in the books – more than 300 guests and over 100 volunteers, sponsors and donors helped raise over $95,000 to support SCAN’s child abuse prevention programs in the coming year. The evening included wine & beer tastings, culinary samples, fun games and a popular Silent Auction. More photos of the event can be seen on SCAN’s Facebook page here.

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NEWS: Toast to Hope Tickets Still Available

Join SCAN on November 2nd for a fun evening of silver linings and sunny skies! Tickets are still available for the popular event, which will take place at the U.S. Parent & Trademark Office in Alexandria, Va. Celebrate SCAN’s 25th anniversary with wine & beer tastings, gourmet food fun games and a silent auction! Learn more and buy your tickets here.

NEWS: The Carol Cleary Fund

October 7, 2013

One of SCAN’s most devoted supporters passed away this fall but her spirit of compassion, vision for children, and dedication to local families will live on through SCAN of Northern Virginia’s programs. Carol Cleary, wife of SCAN founder Dave Cleary, died early Sunday morning, October 6, 2013. A vibrant and energetic community member, wife, mother, and grandmother, Carol was taken from us after a 7-week battle with pancreatic cancer. Her family is comforted in some measure by having had the opportunity to share heartfelt goodbyes and knowing that Carol is now free of suffering and at peace.

A celebration of Carol’s life will be held on October 24th at The Torpedo Factory from 7:00 -9:00 PM.

> Learn more about The Carol Cleary Fund HERE

> Make a donation to The Carol Cleary Fund HERE

NEWS: Training for Child Advocates with PCAV on November 25th

On Monday, November 25th, SCAN will host its 2nd annual “Speak Up for Children” Training for Virginia Advocates. A morning workshop will cover basic information designed to demystify the legislative process and what it means to be an advocate. The knowledge and resources gained from this workshop will assist you in becoming effective advocates for families with the key decision makers at any level. Two briefings by policymakers and legislators over lunch will provide you a preview to some of the key issues affecting vulnerable children and families in the upcoming Virginia General Assembly session.


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Monday November 25, 2013
9:30AM – 3:30PM
McLean Baptist Church 1367 Chain Bridge Road McLean, VA 22101
RSVP by November 18, 2013 – For more details and to register, purchase the box lunch or learn more please click here



9:30 – 10:00AM Registration and coffee

10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon Training in Basic Advocacy Skills by Richard Grossman with Prevent Child Abuse Virginia

12:30 – 2:00PM Policy Briefing with Emily Griffey (VOICES for Virginia’s Children), JeffConnor-Naylor (The Commonwealth Institute), Sue Rowland (Fairfax County & Northern Virginia Regional Commission)

2:00 – 3:30PM Legislative Briefing by Senator Barker, Senator Favola, Delegate Anderson, & Delegate Lopez

NEWS: SCAN to Host Stewards of Children Training on November 13th

On November 13th, SCAN will host a Stewards of Children child sexual abuse prevention training with Arlington’s Project PEACE. The FREE training is available through SCAN’s official partnership with Darkness to Light. SCAN invites community members to join us for an empowering training that will:

  • · Raise your awareness about signs and consequences of child sexual abuse
  • · Equip you to minimize the risk of abuse in your professional and volunteer settings
  • · Prepare you to respond appropriately if you suspect abuse
  • · Educate you about your responsibility as a mandated reporter
  • · Explain how to protect yourself in your role as a professional or volunteer

The training will take place 1:00 – 4:30 PM at the Central Library Auditorium located at 1015 N Quincy St., Arlington, VA 22201

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED, and CEUs can be earned at this training for NASW and NBCC. Contact Tracy Leonard at SCAN for more information:


NEWS: One Month Until SCAN’s 11th Annual Toast to Hope

October 2, 2013

In one month, we’ll welcome friends, community members and local leaders for an evening to help ensure every child’s life has a silver lining! Guests at SCAN’s 11th Annual Toast to Hope will enjoy a celebration of SCAN’s 25th anniversary and an opportunity to renew their commitment to SCAN and the programs that will build hope for every child in our community for years to come. Learn more HERE or watch Sonia Quinonez’s interview on Comcast Newsmakers below:


NEWS: CWLA Publishes Link to SCAN Blog Post

September 4, 2013

The Child Welfare League of America highlighted one of SCAN’s recent blog posts on the history of child abuse prevention, “Child Abuse Prevention Grows Up — Almost,” in their monthly e-newsletter. Read the coverage here or the full blog post on our site here.

NEWS: Tickets on Sale for Toast to Hope

September 1, 2013

Sponsorships are available and tickets are now on sale for SCAN’s 11th Annual Toast to Hope on November 2nd. Click HERE to learn more.

NEWS: SCAN Launches New Website

September 1, 2013

We’re thrilled to have launched SCAN’s new website as part of our 25th anniversary celebration this year! The new site provides easier access to parenting resources, faster ways to donate and more stories about the lives we change every day. Plus we now have a responsive mobile version of the site which makes staying in touch with SCAN from your smartphone or tablet even easier!

Certain areas of the site continue to be “under construction” and we greatly appreciate your help finding both edits and any functionality issues during this soft launch period. Please feel free to contact us with questions, edits or suggestions for the new site at

We look forward to sharing our site with a growing audience, and have plans for even more new improvements including a Spanish-language version as well as a Parent Resource Center search tool. Stay tuned and keep visiting for the latest updates!

SCAN Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA), a program of SCAN of Northern Virginia SCAN Parent Education Program (PEP), a program of SCAN of Northern Virginia
SCAN Pinwheels for Prevention Allies in Prevention Coalition, an Initiative of SCAN of Northern Virginia