Get To Know SCAN

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What is SCAN?

Greater Richmond SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) is a local nonprofit organization dedicated solely to the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect in the Greater Richmond area. SCAN was founded in 1991 in response to the rapidly growing rate of child abuse and neglect in the City of Richmond and its surrounding counties. SCAN is an affiliate of Prevent Child Abuse Virginia.

How does SCAN help keep children safe?

By providing the awareness, support and education needed to enhance the lives of children. SCAN’s services promote positive parenting, strengthen families and help create a community that values and cares for its children. Our programs include the Family Support Program, the Families Are Magic (FAM) Program, The Circle Preschool Program, Richmond CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and the Child Advocacy Centers (CAC).

Click here for more information on our Programs.

Who does SCAN serve?

SCAN primarily serves families from the cities of Richmond, Colonial Heights, and Petersburg and the counties of Chesterfield, Cumberland, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, Louisa, New Kent, Powhatan and Prince George, in addition to other localities in Central VA.

During the July 2015 – June 2016 fiscal year, the Family Support Program served 321 caregivers and 127 children—all from families who have experienced or are at a high risk of experiencing child abuse and/or neglect. Our Richmond CASA volunteers advocated for 288 children in the Richmond Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court system. The CAC served 677 children who were victims of severe physical or sexual abuse and 29 of their non-offending caregivers. The Circle Preschool Program served 12 children and 20 caregivers.

Unlike other SCAN programs, which target high-risk families, FAM services are for ALL parents because child-rearing presents universal challenges for everyone. SCAN reached an estimated 70,000 people last year through public education and awareness efforts. Specifically, FAM served 799 adults through parenting workshops and training’s on how to recognize and report child abuse and neglect.


How is SCAN funded?

SCAN depends on the generous support of the community to help fund our child abuse and neglect prevention and treatment services. SCAN receives donations from individuals, corporations, congregations, civic organizations and private foundations. Funding is also provided through special events, state government grants and contributions from local governments.

SCAN’s budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year, which began July 1, is $1,645,539. Each year, SCAN develops a fund raising plan to meet its financial needs. This year, our fund raising goal is $1,073,080. Our goal for the Annual Giving Fund is $393,080.

Watch SCAN’s informational videos covering the work we are doing to prevent and treat child abuse within our 5 programs.


Greater Richmond SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) is a qualified charity according to the Internal Revenue Service guidelines (Federal tax identification number: 54-1584969).

Click here to view SCAN’s most recent Audit and IRS Form 990: Part 1 & Part 2.

Greater Richmond SCAN meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability, according to the Better Business Bureau. Renewed in March 2016.


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