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, Community Programs, 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 2019 – June 2020 fiscal year, the Family Support Program served 446 caregivers and 69 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 219 children in the Richmond Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court system. The CAC served 623 children and 555 caregivers through child forensic interviews, family advocacy services, and Trauma-Focused Treatment outpatient therapy services. The Circle Preschool Program served 25 children and 18 caregivers.

SCAN’s Community Programs, including FAM (Families are Magic) and the TICN (Trauma-Informed Community Network), reached 5,535 adults through various trainings on how to recognize and report child abuse and neglect, trauma informed practices and positive parenting. SCAN’s Community Programs also screened Resilience for over 575 individuals last fiscal year.  Resilience is a documentary that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and a new movement to prevent and treat toxic stress. 



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 2020-2021 fiscal year, which began July 1, is $2,792,681. Each year, SCAN develops a fund raising plan to meet its financial needs. This year, our fund raising goal is $1,214,829. Our goal for the Annual Giving Fund is $456,829.

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.

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


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