SCAN’s Response to COVID-19: Keeping Children & Families Safe
March 18, 2020 — A SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM SCAN
Dear Friends and Supporters of SCAN,
Things are rapidly changing across Northern Virginia as our communities respond to the threat of COVID-19. Over the past week I have been working closely with our staff and board to transition our team to work remotely, rearrange schedules, and think of the best ways to support children and families during an unprecedented time of isolation and anxiety. Though our Family Programs have been canceled through the end of the month, our program staff will be communicating with families via email and text, and sharing resources online as often as possible. Though CASA Volunteers will not make in-person visits with their children, they will continue working on cases and begin using videoconferencing tools like FaceTime to stay in touch with children and caregivers. Though our Allies in Prevention Awards have had to be postponed, we still plan to launch our 2020 public education campaign and make all resources available for download from our site. We expect staff and partners to remain flexible and creative in the coming weeks, as we all have one goal — protecting children and supporting families when they need it most.
As I’ve worked with our team over the past few days, I am reminded that in times like these we see how committed so many in our community are to making the best (sometimes difficult) decisions for children and families.
Even with these adjustments, we know that incidences of abuse and neglect are going to skyrocket during this time.
So, how can you help?
Make a donation to SCAN, and make that donation now.
We will keep you updated as things change, as more resources become available, and as we understand more about how this is impacting children and families. For now, the best way to stay in touch with SCAN is via email or social media. Please take care of yourselves and thank you so much for your continued support of SCAN.
Leah Fraley, Executive Director
SCAN of Northern Virginia