Child abuse happens everywhere, including Loudoun County.
Professionals with SCAN, a Northern Virginia nonprofit, have been commuting from their office in Alexandria to Loudoun County for years. Now, SCAN is here to stay, with a permanent office in Sterling.
“We’re committed to this community, we’re committed to this county. We’re committed to understanding the specific needs of children and families because we understand that even though we’re a regional nonprofit, every locality has different needs and different challenges,” said Allyson Halverson, director of professional development. “If we want to be strategic we need to be here in this space not in our Alexandria office, commuting back and forth all the time.”
SCAN provides three main programs in professional development, family programs, and a partnership with The National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association to appoint advocates in the Arlington and Alexandria court systems. It educates families and parents about child abuse and trains them in child abuse prevention.
The nonprofit also provides family reunification classes for families that have been recently reunited with their children in order to build those relationships again in a healthy way.