Our Mission

SCAN’s mission is to prevent and treat child abuse and neglect throughout the Greater Richmond area by protecting children, promoting positive parenting, strengthening families and creating a community that values and cares for its children.

Our History

SCAN was founded in 1991 to prevent and treat child abuse and neglect in the City of Richmond and the surrounding counties of Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Hanover, Henrico, Hopewell, Louisa, Petersburg, Powhatan and Prince George.

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Recent News

SCAN’s New FAM Coordinator is Eager to Create Change

Margo Buchanan recently joined SCAN to become the new Families Are Magic (FAM) Program Coordinator. Margo will wear many hats as she leads the FAM program. She will work to educate parents about how to protect their children, help people in the field understand the impacts of trauma on children, and support other agencies that serve [more]

Family Support Program Revises Curriculum to Meet Growing Need

For more than three years, SCAN has been leading efforts across the region to educate the child welfare community about trauma-informed care. All the while, SCAN has been integrating trauma-informed practices into its five programs. Family Support Program Coordinator Angela Borsella, Ph.D., has been weaving the latest research and practices into the curriculum of treatment and [more]

Circle Preschool Program Earns Grant and Partnership with VCU

SCAN recently earned a grant and a vital partnership with Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU) Center for Civic Engagement to help improve and expand its Circle Preschool Program (CPP). SCAN expects to engage and educate more than 150 staff, faculty and other partners through this project.   The CPP is the lone provider of early childhood education [more]

Executive Director Accepting Part-Time Position with Richmond DSS

Executive Director Jeanine Harper has agreed to work as an executive-on-loan to the Richmond Department of Social Services (DSS) for six months.   Jeanine has agreed to specifically help Richmond DSS "retool the City's Child Protective Services unit."    The Mayor stated, "We've simply got to do a better job with respect to protecting the safety of vulnerable [more]

SCAN Prepares to Offer a New Stewards of Children Training

SCAN has trained more than 1,200 people through Stewards of Children, a nationally accredited child sexual abuse prevention training developed by Darkness to Light. The training is designed to help community members recognize, react and report child sexual abuse.   The original three-hour video-led training has led many people to become more aware and take action [more]

The Child Advocacy Center Has a New Home

SCAN opened the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) in 2004 to improve the region’s investigation, treatment, and prosecution of child sexual and severe physical abuse cases. November of 2014 marks the Center’s 10-year anniversary of serving children in the Greater Richmond area. Since SCAN opened the CAC in Old City Hall, it has served an ever [more]

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Events Calendar

  • September 5, 2014
    • Tour the Child Advocacy Center

      Starts: 11:30 am

      Ends: 12:30 pm, September 5, 2014

  • September 18, 2014
    • Stewards of Children Training

      Starts: 6:00 pm

      Ends: 9:00 pm, September 18, 2014

  • September 19, 2014
    • Tour the Child Advocacy Center

      Starts: 11:30 am

      Ends: 12:30 pm, September 19, 2014

  • October 3, 2014
    • Tour the Child Advocacy Center

      Starts: 11:30 am

      Ends: 12:30 pm, October 3, 2014

  • October 16, 2014
    • Stewards of Children Training

      Starts: 6:00 pm

      Ends: 9:00 pm, October 16, 2014

  • October 17, 2014
    • Tour the Child Advocacy Center

      Starts: 11:30 am

      Ends: 12:30 pm, October 17, 2014

  • November 7, 2014
    • Tour the Child Advocacy Center

      Starts: 11:30 am

      Ends: 12:30 pm, November 7, 2014

  • November 20, 2014
    • Stewards of Children Training

      Starts: 6:00 pm

      Ends: 9:00 pm, November 20, 2014

  • November 21, 2014
    • Tour the Child Advocacy Center

      Starts: 11:30 am

      Ends: 12:30 pm, November 21, 2014

  • December 5, 2014
    • Tour the Child Advocacy Center

      Starts: 11:30 am

      Ends: 12:30 pm, December 5, 2014

  • December 18, 2014
    • Stewards of Children Training

      Starts: 6:00 pm

      Ends: 9:00 pm, December 18, 2014

  • December 19, 2014
    • Tour the Child Advocacy Center

      Starts: 11:30 am

      Ends: 12:30 pm, December 19, 2014

  • January 2, 2015
    • Tour the Child Advocacy Center

      Starts: 11:30 am

      Ends: 12:30 pm, January 2, 2015

  • January 15, 2015
    • Stewards of Children Training

      Starts: 6:00 pm

      Ends: 9:00 pm, January 15, 2015

  • January 16, 2015
    • Tour the Child Advocacy Center

      Starts: 11:30 am

      Ends: 12:30 pm, January 16, 2015

  • February 6, 2015
    • Tour the Child Advocacy Center

      Starts: 11:30 am

      Ends: 12:30 pm, February 6, 2015

  • February 19, 2015
    • Stewards of Children Training

      Starts: 6:00 pm

      Ends: 9:00 pm, February 19, 2015

  • February 20, 2015
    • Tour the Child Advocacy Center

      Starts: 11:30 am

      Ends: 12:30 pm, February 20, 2015

  • March 6, 2015
    • Tour the Child Advocacy Center

      Starts: 11:30 am

      Ends: 12:30 pm, March 6, 2015

  • March 19, 2015
    • Stewards of Children Training

      Starts: 6:00 pm

      Ends: 9:00 pm, March 19, 2015

  • March 20, 2015
    • Tour the Child Advocacy Center

      Starts: 11:30 am

      Ends: 12:30 pm, March 20, 2015

  • April 3, 2015
    • Tour the Child Advocacy Center

      Starts: 11:30 am

      Ends: 12:30 pm, April 3, 2015

  • April 16, 2015
    • Stewards of Children Training

      Starts: 6:00 pm

      Ends: 9:00 pm, April 16, 2015

  • April 17, 2015
    • Tour the Child Advocacy Center

      Starts: 11:30 am

      Ends: 12:30 pm, April 17, 2015

  • May 1, 2015
    • Tour the Child Advocacy Center

      Starts: 11:30 am

      Ends: 12:30 pm, May 1, 2015

Stewards of Children Training



To sign up for a Stewards of Children training, please contact Lucy Block here.