Community Programs

Promoting resilience and reducing the prevalence and impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on children, families and communities.  

Community Programs encompass all of SCAN’s prevention programs and initiatives that are at the community, state and organizational level. These programs are focused on the prevention of child maltreatment through the advancement of protective factors and trauma informed approaches in organizations, communities and systems. 

TICN: Trauma Informed Community NetworkTICN logo with text

The Greater Richmond Trauma Informed Community Network (TICN) is a diverse group of individuals and organizations, convened by Greater Richmond SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now), who share a commitment toward the creation of a more trauma informed and resilient community within the Greater Richmond region. The Greater Richmond TICN was formed in the fall of 2012 and is currently comprised of over 224 members from more than 100 different organizations representing a wide range of systems that include public, private, non-profit, state and local government agencies. The Greater Richmond TICN has a variety of committees that work towards advancing and supporting trauma informed and trauma sensitive practices and policies.

 

FAM: Families Are MagicFAM Logo Color

The FAM Network is a group of family service providers from varied organizations that SCAN convenes with the goal of promoting professional development through learning new skills, encouraging networking among family serving agencies and other community organizations who provide goods and services to families, educating and supporting positive messaging to families and the distribution of resources, and providing an on-line resource for professionals and families. FAM’s website is a clearinghouse for parenting information for professionals and caregivers, a place for other organizations to list training and parent education opportunities and upcoming prevention oriented events, and a link to well-researched community resources for parents and professionals. 

Additional Activities

  • Training for Professionals: facilitating training on the impact of trauma, incorporating trauma informed approaches into practice, mandated reporting, incorporating protective factors into practice, and strategies to build resilience.
  • Organizational and Community Consulting: assisting organizations, systems and communities on the process of becoming more trauma informed. This is a multi-tier service that includes: conducting an organizational assessment, facilitating focus groups, providing recommendations and on-going technical assistance as needed.
  • Coordination of the National Child Abuse Prevention Month campaign each April which includes: Developing and distributing resources and information connected to the annual prevention theme, working with the community to create Pinwheels for Prevention Gardens (pinwheels are a national symbol for child abuse prevention), coordinate Prevent-a-thon (an annual campaign to train as many people as possible in Stewards of Children at no cost during Child Abuse Prevention Month).
    Click here for the 2017 Child Abuse Prevention Packet.
  • Stewards of Children training: facilitating training that teaches adults how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.

 

Impact/Benefit

Community Programs (through the TICN, FAM, training, and consultation efforts) empowers organizations, systems and communities to shift perspective to a more trauma informed lens that changes the question from “what’s wrong with you?” to “what happened to you?” By adopting a more trauma informed approach we are better able to identify signs of trauma, more appropriately respond, ultimately reduce and prevent incidents of re-traumatization and incorporate strategies to build resilience. These are cost effective prevention strategies that build upon and enhance the existing capacity of caregivers and professionals within organizations, systems and the community.

 

Helping Caregivers

FAM increases the accessibility of existing and underutilized family and parenting services and resources at www.FAMRichmond.org. FAM’s website is a clearinghouse for parenting information, a place for other organizations to list coming events, and a link to well-researched community resources for parents and professionals.

Visit the FAM website: http://www.famrichmond.org/.