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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 Center (CAC).
Who does SCAN serve?
SCAN serves families from the City of Richmond and the Counties of Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Cumberland, Hanover, Henrico, Louisa, Petersburg and Prince George.
During the July 2013 – June 2014 fiscal year, the Family Support Program served 372 caregivers and 175 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 304 children in the Richmond Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court system. The CAC served 570 children who were victims of severe physical or sexual abuse and 44of their non-offending caregivers. The Circle Preschool Program served 11 children and 20caregivers.
Unlike other SCAN programs, which target high-risk families, FAM services are for ALLparents because child-rearing presents universal challenges for everyone. SCAN reached an estimated 80,000 people last year through public education and awareness efforts. Specifically, FAM served 1,472 adults through parenting workshops and trainings 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 organizationsand private foundations. Funding is also provided through specialevents, state government grants and contributions from local governments.
SCAN’s budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year, which began July 1, is $1,441,873. Each year, SCAN develops a fund raising plan to meet its financial needs. This year, our fund raising goal is $1,038,728. Our goal for the Annual Giving Fund is $283,728.