Child Advocacy Center (CAC)
The Downtown Richmond and Henrico Child Advocacy Centers (CAC) provide a comprehensive intervention system designed with the victimized child as its primary focus. The key to the CAC's success is the flow of services through a Multidisciplinary Team, which consists of all service providers involved in cases of abuse. Through the Multidisciplinary Team, the CAC provides a coordinated response in order to improve investigation, treatment, and prosecution of cases of severe physical and sexual child abuse. SCAN's CAC's provide: child forensic interviews; trauma focused treatment; medical services; victim advocacy; multidisciplinary case review; and case tracking.
Family Support Program
SCAN's Family Support Program provides weekly, psycho-educational groups for families affected by child abuse and neglect. The children's groups provide a safe, structured, nurturing and consistent environment where at-risk children can participate in therapeutic activities that help them cope with their experiences and help them develop pro-social skills, safety skills, and feelings management skills, as well as a positive self image. During the adult meetings, parents have the opportunity to build a positive social support system, increase their understanding of child development, develop appropriate child-rearing skills, improve their coping/stress management skills, and identify and alleviate other stressors that can negatively affect their caregiving. Because the program serves children and their parents, SCAN has the opportunity to affect change within the entire family. SCAN believes that with improved overall family functioning, children will be able to thrive not only at home, but in school and ultimately in life.
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.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. Families Are Magic (FAM) offers parenting education and resources to parents, caregivers and professionals who work with children. FAM connects parents with other parents and encourages them to ask questions about parenting in today’s complicated world.
Richmond CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
Richmond CASA recruits, trains, and supervises competent and dedicated volunteers who advocate for the needs of abused, neglected, and at-risk children in juvenile dependency proceedings. By advocating for children in court cases, CASA volunteers promote safe, permanent homes for all children and seek to educate the community about the needs of abused and neglected children. CASA volunteers complete 35 hours of intensive training, are sworn in by the Chief Judge as Officers of the Court, and are appointed to cases. Volunteers gather information on each child’s situation so they can determine the needs of the individual child. They submit reports to the court, providing valuable insight into the child’s life and assisting the court in making informed decisions regarding the child’s future.
The Circle Preschool Program
The Circle Preschool Program provides high quality early childhood education and intensive trauma focused treatment to children who have experienced trauma related to abuse and neglect. By working with children and their caregivers, we hope to increase social and emotional functioning for children with the goal of enhancing school readiness and improving overall family functioning.