Last year, child protection agencies received over 3.1 million referrals for child abuse and neglect – more than 20,000 in Northern Virginia alone where SCAN is the only organization solely focused on stopping the cycle of abuse and neglect. Programs connect families to services that support their mental, physical, and emotional health: intensive one-on-one coaching combined with parenting classes, resource triage, and collaboration with partners to meet basic needs. SCAN also trains professionals such as teachers and coaches to respond to and prevent abuse. Public education initiatives – online at the Parent Resource Center, on the radio, and through a coalition of advocates – raise awareness about child abuse and its consequences. SCAN also operates the Alexandria/Arlington Court Appointed Special Advocate Program, which has given voice to over 3,500 children in foster care. The vision? A permanent, safe, nurturing home for all children.
Headquarters: VA-City of Alexandria
Where They Operate: VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-Loudoun County; VA-Prince William County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Fairfax; VA-City of Falls Church
Age Groups Served: Infants (0-2); Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Adult (25-49)
Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic
Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members
Schools They Work In: SCAN collaborates with Alexandria City Public Schools
Awards & Recognition
2014 SCAN of Northern Virginia was selected for the 2014/15 Catalogue for Philanthropy as "One of the best small charities in the Greater Washington region"
2009 Executive Director Diane Charles awarded All American Hero Award at the All American Inaugural Ball
2007 Northern Virginia Leadership Awards Community Trustee Award
2007 Executive Director Diane Charles named Nonprofit Leader of the Year at the Alexandria Business Philanthropy Summit
2007 Executive Director Diane Charles selected for the charter class of the Nonprofit Roundtable Fellows
2005 Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington
2002 Hispanic Committee of Virginia’s Community Partner Award
SCAN’s volunteers have also been honored for the exemplary impact their efforts have in making a difference for our local community: SCAN’s CASA Volunteer, Sabrina Black, was named a Neighborhood Hero by Bank of America in 2008 and SCAN’s CASA Volunteer, Malia Kilshore, received the Volunteer Service Award from Volunteer Fairfax in 2007.
- $3 million or higher
- The current budget for SCAN of Northern Virginia is: $1 million to $3 million
- $500k to $1 million
- Less than $500k
Catalogue charities range in size from $100,000 to
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