SCAN of Northern Virginia, Inc.

We believe child abuse and neglect can be prevented.

Alexandria, VA   |


SCAN of Northern Virginia's mission is to promote the well-being of children, improve parent-child relations, and prevent child abuse and neglect by: EDUCATING THE COMMUNITY about the scope, nature, and consequences of child abuse and neglect and the importance of positive, nurturing parenting; PROVIDING DIRECT PARENT EDUCATION to parents and caregivers to expand their parenting knowledge and skills; and ADVOCATING FOR CHILDREN in the community, the legislature, and the courts. SCAN's vision is that every child should grow up in a safe, stable, and nurturing home.

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Executive Director

Mrs. Leah Fraley

Main address

205 S. Whiting Street Suite 205

Alexandria, VA 22304 USA

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NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (P01)

Family Services (P40)

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Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program

SCAN operates the Alexandria/Arlington Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program, which advocates for the best interests of children involved in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts because of abuse, neglect, or other serious concerns. The CASA Program recruits, trains, and supervises volunteers to identify and give voice to the needs of abused and neglected children. Once appointed, a CASA volunteer serves the juvenile court judge, conducting interviews to obtain information about the child's circumstances and preparing written reports which the judge can use in making decisions about the child's future placement and welfare. CASA volunteers make recommendations to the Court regarding permanency and safety for each child. The goal of the program is to ensure that each child resides in a safe, permanent home and has the opportunities for future well-being.

Population(s) Served

SCAN's Family Programs activities improve parenting skills, knowledge, and behaviors through intensive series of parenting classes, parenting workshops, 1:1 coaching, and weekly educational parent support groups. All programs are offered in English and in Spanish and at accessible community-based locations. Children’s resilience, self-esteem, and communication skills are enhanced through a children’s program that is conducted simultaneously with the parenting classes and support group sessions. SCAN also publishes and disseminates fact sheets on parenting topics and the bi-annual Parent Connection Resource Guide that assists over 1,000 local service providers in linking their clients to parenting classes, support groups, playgroups, and other parenting resources throughout all of Northern Virginia.

Population(s) Served

SCAN's Public Education and Awareness Program educates the public on the causes, signs, and effects of child abuse. SCAN uses its network of community partners to empower the public to help keep children safe.

Population(s) Served

SCAN's Institutional Prevention Program focuses on prevention at the organizational and institutional level, protecting children and families from the top-down, auditing and implementing policies, procedures, and practices that increase the identification, mitigation, and reaction to abuse. SCAN's Institutional Prevention Program also leads TICNs and trains front-line professionals in trauma-informed care and the identification and prevention of child abuse and neglect during their interactions with vulnerable children and families.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work


Northern Virginia Leadership Community Trustee Award 2007

Leadership Fairfax

One of the Best Small Nonprofits in the Washington DC Area 2010

Catalogue for Philanthropy

Lindsay Warner, a CASA volunteer, won volunteer of the year 2010

The Family and Children's Trust Fund

Neighborhood Hero Award given to CASA Volunteer Sabrina Black 2008

Bank of America

Juan White Grass Roots Volunteer Service Award awarded to SCAN volunteer Candace Radoski 2009

Volunteer Alexandria

One of the Best Small Nonprofits in the Washington DC Area 2014

Catalogue for Philanthropy

Affiliations & memberships

National CASA 1988

Prevent Child Abuse America - Member 1988

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Established in 1988, SCAN is the only Northern Virginia organization focused solely on the prevention of child abuse and neglect. SCAN’s mission is to promote the well-being of children, improve parent-child relations, and prevent child abuse and neglect. SCAN employs an integrated approach to child abuse prevention that recognizes the wide range of risk factors influencing child maltreatment do not exist in isolation but are interrelated and working across systems.

SCAN's comprehensive and integrated child abuse prevention approach is based on three child abuse prevention models that overlay one another and work in tandem to address the complex mix of factors that place children at risk: Socio-Ecological Model; Spectrum of Prevention Model; and the Public Health Prevention Model. With these three prevention models as the foundation, SCAN implements four programs: Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program, Family Programs, Institutional Abuse Prevention, and Public Education/Awareness.

SCAN's Institutional Abuse Prevention Program trains front-line child-serving professionals on the signs and symptoms of abuse, trauma-informed practices to not revictimize the child, and provides a forum for professionals to meet via Trauma-informed Community Networks (TICNs).

SCAN's Public Education Program aims to raise public awareness about child abuse issues and build public support for parenting as a difficult but important job through regional collaborations and media campaigns serving Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax/Falls Church, Loudoun, and Prince William.

SCAN's Family Programs that implements parenting classes in both Spanish and English, educational parent support groups, and community-based parenting workshops.

SCAN's Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program which recruits, trains, supports, and supervises CASA volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in Alexandria and Arlington.

By sharing a vision of strong families and healthy children, SCAN's direct service programs and broader public education efforts promote positive parenting, strengthen families, and contribute to the well-being of our community's children. SCAN's vision is that every child in Northern Virginia will grow up in a safe, stable, nurturing family, with the supports the child needs to contribute to stronger communities today and as adults tomorrow.

Our strategic directives are:
#1: Strengthen and expand recognition of SCAN as an accessible, useful source of parenting information, support, and connections among families and those who influence families throughout Northern Virginia.

#2: Identify, engage, and empower partners, volunteers, and supporters in meaningful collaborations through focused, inspiring, and evidence-based messaging that emphasizes our shared vision; and by providing opportunities and tools that enable every sector of the community to more effectively support and strengthen families.

#3: Leverage the knowledge, expertise, and positioning available through SCAN's staff, board, volunteers, and network to educate and influence everyone who can contribute to SCAN's vision.

#4: Serve as a voice for vulnerable children and an advocate for the well-being of all of Northern Virginia's children.

SCAN's mission, vision, and core beliefs are clear and well communicated to all. SCAN's staff and volunteers are very professional, committed, and effective, accomplishing goals with limited resources. The work environment is filled with trust and respect, and offers opportunities for open communication and healthy debate. Within the child welfare community, SCAN is a well-known, well-respected, and valuable resource and collaborator. SCAN's corps of volunteers is well supported, from professional training and curricula to the management of caseloads within the CASA program, and from the professionalism and knowledge of SCAN's staff.

SCAN's Public Education Program, in partnership with its Allies in Prevention Coalition (now 90+ members strong), has served as a catalyst for promoting positive and nurturing parenting messages throughout Northern Virginia. SCAN's Executive Director hosted a monthly radio show called “Parenting Today" on five major local Clear Channel radio stations. The Public Education team developed 17 new fact sheets for our online Parent Resource Center. SCAN also provided child sexual abuse prevention training (3-hour Stewards of Children) to over 240 youth-serving professionals throughout Northern Virginia. SCAN reached 11,000 page views and 24,000 fact sheets downloaded from its Parent Resource Center. More than 50,000 people listened to SCAN's radio show broadcasts.

SCAN's Family Programs and concurrent children's programs served 207 parents and benefitted 341 children. Of those, 63 parents and 109 children participated in SCAN's parenting classes and concurrent children's program, in which parents learned anger management, child development milestones, problem-solving skills, and alternatives to hitting and yelling through family rules and rewards.

SCAN of Northern Virginia's Alexandria/Arlington CASA Program trained and supervised 96 Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers, who spent 8,587 hours last year advocating for 202 abused and neglected children in Alexandria and Arlington. CASA volunteers submitted reports to the Court detailing the information gathered, highlighting the needs of the children they served, and advocating for appropriate and necessary services for the children and their families. Every four years, SCAN undertakes a rigorous and comprehensive self-assessment against the National Standards put forth by the National CASA Association. In 2014, SCAN was awarded certification by the National CASA Association after once again demonstrating compliance with National CASA's high standards for quality child advocacy and is thus a member program through 2018.

While we have been meeting our volunteer, service, and public awareness goals yearly, we recognize that our programs and initiatives could use added enhancements to impact our efforts and further our mission. Among them are: recruiting and training more multicultural, multi-ethnic, and male volunteers for CASA; strengthening available training opportunities for volunteers and area service providers on child abuse and neglect prevention topics such as childhood development, trauma-informed care, and mandatory reporting; training and coaching additional facilitators to enhance their impact on parents; increase Spanish-language portions of parent and public education programs; and involving parents, staff, board, and community members in public education messaging. Through these coordinated efforts, SCAN's staff, board, volunteers, and community supporters can change the futures of our most vulnerable and at-risk children and families.


SCAN of Northern Virginia, Inc.

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SCAN of Northern Virginia, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 11/01/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Christine Tipton

Director of Division Services, American Psychological Association

Term: 2020 - 2023

David Cleary

Cleary and Oxford Associates

Valerie Cuffee

George Mason University

Jennifer Strickland

Schoolhouse Partners, LLC

Martha Abbott

Board of Visitors, University of Mary Washington

Tom Ciolkosz

Capital Bank

Rachel Johnston

Strategic Management Services

Allison Lowry

Fairfax County Government

Michele McLaughlin

Penn Hill Group

Cynthia Peterson

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Kevin Weigand

Venable LLP

Terry Wright

TC Williams High School

Meredith Richman

Audit Services, RSM US LLP

Jordan Costen-Sumpter

Founder, Board Member, Safe Space Nova

Gisela Diaz

Bilingual/Bicultural School Psychologist, Prince William County Schools

Laura Gosse

Founder, LRG Works

La Tika Jeffrey

Community Advocate

Caroline Lalonde-Hanna

Manager, Communications & Marketing, ICF

Hamid Munir

District Director, Northern Virginia District PTA

Hedy Sadeghein

Audit Manager, Johnson Lambert

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/1/2022

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Native American/American Indian/Alaska Native/Indigenous
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender

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