Margo Buchanan brings 
Trauma-Informed Schools Expertise to SCAN

Margo Buchanan recently returned full time to Greater Richmond SCAN as the RPS Resiliency Project Coordinator. The RPS Resiliency Project is a partnership between SCAN, ChildSavers, the Robins Foundation, and Richmond Public Schools to create more trauma-informed schools. She brings a wonderful background in education, trauma-informed practices, wellness and play therapy to this project and we are thrilled to have her on board!

Originally from the Northern Virginia area, Margo began her trauma-informed  schools  journey after she moved back to the DC area from North Carolina and became a preschool teacher at a non-profit children's center.  She was struck by how little education and support was given to preschool teachers and began to see first-hand how adverse childhood experiences impacted behaviors and development. A local child therapist, who later became a mentor, donated his time to visit the preschool monthly and support the teachers, debriefing on traumatic events and aiding them in working through language barriers as many families were Spanish speaking. This mentor opened up Margo's eyes to another avenue in working with children, which led her to pursue her Masters in Clinical Social Work at VCU here in Richmond. She eventually went on to earn her LCSW and is currently finishing her Registered Play Therapist certification.

She became involved in professional development with the RPS Resiliency Project, knowing that by supporting teachers she could impact the lives of more children. She believes that teachers need to feel supported in order to be able to successfully support the needs of the children in their classroom.

SCAN's 16th Annual Progressive Dinner and Auction 


Join the Movement this April with a 
Resilience Screening at the Byrd Theatre

April 10, 2018
6:00 - 7:30pm

Resilience chronicles the birth of a new movement among pediatricians, therapists, educators and communities, who are using cutting-edge brain science to disrupt cycles of violence, addiction and disease. The film portrays a dynamic group of individuals who are proving that cycles of disease and adversity can be broken.
A short discussion will be held after the film facilitated by Greater Richmond SCAN.

This event is free, but registration is required. Get your tickets today!
Trauma-Informed Journey with a local Department of Social Services

Trauma Informed Community Network Co-coordinator, Lisa Wright, shares insight into working with Henrico Department of Social Services on becoming more Trauma Informed. You can read the full blog on ACES Connection HERE
Congratulations SCAN Board of Young Professionals!

We want to extend a huge congratulations and thank you to SCAN's Board of Young Professionals. The Blue & White Ball was a sell out success, raising over $37,000 for SCAN's programs and services. 

Many thanks to our sponsors who helped make this event a success.

View photos from the event HERE
SCAN distributes Baby Boxes

SCAN has reached many families in the past few months as a Baby Box distributor. The Baby Box initiative is working to reduce infant mortality by empowering parents and promoting safe sleep.

If you know individuals that are expecting or have infants, please let them know about this great opportunity. Learn more about what's included and how to obtain a Baby Box at
Vol. 77, March 2018 
CASA Superhero Run

Join the Richmond CASA 
Superhero Run Team

May 5, 2018

Richmond CASA is thrilled to partner with Chesterfield CASA and Henrico CASA this year. Support the Richmond CASA program by joining our team in the CASA Super Hero Run

In order for a portion of the proceeds to go directly to Richmond CASA you must join our team:

This spring hundreds of caring people will come together as a league of superheroes - including family members, friends, professionals, and community and business leaders - to help make a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children and to increase awareness of the challenges they face on a daily basis.

Become part of the movement of individuals, corporations, and organizations that are proud to lead the fight against child abuse. Enjoy entertainment, refreshments, and fun for the whole family. St. Joseph's Villa offers a flat and fast 5K course, which accommodates all levels of expertise.

Join Us this April during Child Abuse   Prevention Month

Each April, SCAN coordinates a local public awareness campaign for  National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Thank you for joining us this April as we fundraise and promote awareness within our community.
Plant a Pinwheel Garden

Pinwheels are the national symbol for child abuse prevention because they symbolize a happy, uplifting childhood. SCAN invites you to use pinwheels as a visible show of support for keeping children in our community safe. Click here to learn more on how you can help!  Contact Katelynn Jarrells for questions: or 804-257-7226 x104.

During this week, SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) will be offering FREE Stewards of Children training for interested agencies/organizations.
Stewards of Children teaches adults how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. It is the only nationally distributed program proven to increase knowledge, improve attitudes, and change child protective behaviors.

The goal of this training is to diminish the incidence and impact of child sexual  abuse and to raise awareness of the prevalence and consequences of child  sexual abuse in our communities.
Together we can protect their only childhood.
  Click here for more information! If you would like to attend or host a training for your company, school, church or other group, contact Amy Fox at
Donate in Honor of a Child You Love

Your donations make a difference! The funds donated by community members like you allow us to continue our child abuse prevention and treatment services. We will send them a special SCAN card letting them know you made a gift in their honor.  Donate this month in honor of a child you love. Click here to Donate Now .

SCAN shares information through our social media outlets including updates on our special events, the latest articles on child abuse and neglect and information about how you can make a difference.

Thank you to all the SCAN supporters who joined us on February 11 for an evening at Shagbark sponsored by M & T Bank and Wilmington Trust to benefit  SCAN. 

This dinner helped raise over $12,000 to support the work that SCAN does to help children and families in our community. 

We are also grateful for the support of our presenting sponsor M & T Bank for making this event possible!
Congratulations to the 15 newest Richmond CASA Volunteers!

Fifteen new Richmond CASA volunteers were sworn in on February 22 after completing their training. We are so excited to have these dedicated, passionate and committed advocates as part of the Richmond CASA team.
The Spring CASA volunteer training will begin in April. Preference will be given to applications that are received before March 27, 2018.

Save the Date: Happy Hour for a Cause
April 19, 2018
5pm - 8pm

Join SCAN during Child Abuse Prevention month at the Veil Brewing Company for Third Thursdays. 15% of sales from 5pm - 8pm will be donated to support SCAN's programs.
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