Ann Abell Leads as Circle Preschool Program Clinical Coordinator
Ann Abell joined SCAN’s Circle Preschool Program in August 2019 as the Clinical Coordinator. In this role, she manages the clinical aspects of SCAN’s therapeutic preschool program including overseeing therapeutic services in the classroom setting, providing one on one mental health sessions with children and caregivers, and conducting assessments when children are referred to the program. We are grateful to have Ann’s expertise, organization, and heart for children and families as part of the SCAN team.

How did you first get involved with SCAN?
I joined the Greater Richmond Trauma Informed Community Network in 2017 and also became a committee member for the brief screening tool committee. Though I was currently a school-based clinician the mission of this committee to increase comfort and improve techniques for screening children for trauma was of significant professional interest.  I have followed the work at SCAN since I graduated from VCU with my Masters of Social Work in 2006.

What has your life/work experience been that brought you to SCAN?
I graduated from the VCU School of Social Work in 2006 with my MSW Clinical Concentration. Prior to graduate school and after graduate school completion, I worked in various Residential Treatment Centers for children and adolescents providing direct care as a unit counselor and then as a clinician providing various types of clinical services to address mental health symptoms. Early on in my work it was apparent that a majority of my clients had experienced trauma, abuse and neglect in their childhood. These traumas had been unidentified and therefore unaddressed as they related to the treatment plan and support for my clients. My passion for children whom have experienced various Adervse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), their strengths and resilience began while working in these Residential Settings. The memories and experiences my clients shared with me in sessions were an honor to hold to allow them to learn how to heal. Through these intense clinical experiences early on in my career I decided to frame my professional development and continuing education and training around the best practices to provide play-based trauma-informed client-centered interventions to children, adolescents and their families. My recent clinical work prior to joining SCAN was providing school-based mental health services, program development and clinical supervision with Elk Hill in various underserved rural areas school districts. The exposure to the barriers and lack of services in rural areas combined with my previous urban work experiences further inspired my desire to advocate for children and families experiencing various stressors, trauma and isolation. I am excited to be a part of SCAN and the Circle Preschool Program. 

What are any challenges you have faced in your work with SCAN?
Circle Preschool works with young children whom have various levels of exposure to stressors and traumas. Our team has worked diligently to convert our program to virtual platforms to support parents and children during the COVID-19 Pandemic. We researched and developed techniques to meet the needs of young children quickly as this population is rarely provided services via Telehealth or virtual platforms. The energy and innovative ideas our team has developed has been challenging, yet also very rewarding. 

What has been the best experience with SCAN so far?
The best experience I have had at SCAN is witnessing the Circle Preschool children display excitement, joy and development of friendships that have now carried over to a virtual platform. The joy and excitement they display when they play together at school and virtually is incredible to witness.

10 Year Anniversary of SCAN and Richmond CASA!
This June we are celebrating 10 years since Richmond CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and Greater Richmond SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) said "I do" in a ceremony officiated by Anne Holton in June 2010. Ten years ago the two organizations joined forces to better serve children and families in the Richmond community.

In the past 10 years, there have been over 370 volunteers who have
advocated for 1,250 children. 

We will celebrate during a virtual happy hour on June 3.
Email Heather Farber at if you are interested in joining.

Thank you to all the staff, volunteers, judges, and families that have
made the past ten years impactful and have used their voice to
advocate for children in Richmond.
Thank You!
Thank You to the Community Foundation for a Greater Richmond and Studio Two Three for donating masks to SCAN! They have helped our Child Advocacy Center staff and partners to continue to provide emergency forensic interviews for children impacted by severe physical abuse, sexual abuse, and witness to violence.

Thank you to the incredible women of Impact 100 Richmond for awarding SCAN a $20,000 grant as one of the finalists during their Big Give!

We are grateful to Richmond Memorial Health Foundation for their Covid relief grant to support behavioral health services. SCAN's Child Advocacy Center and therapeutic Circle Preschool Program have shifted to telehealth trauma focused treatment services and have seen an increased demand for behavioral health support services for children and caregivers during this time.
Communities Come Together to Honor
First Resilience Week Virginia

Earlier this month the Greater Richmond T rauma Informed Community Network (GRTICN) rallied around the message of Resilience Week, strengthening community
connections even in the era of physical distancing. Staff from  Greater Richmond
SCAN , the backbone organization of the GRTICN, coordinated Resilience Week VA
efforts with the help of many of our partner organizations across the
Richmond region and Commonwealth of Virginia.

Read a full recap of Resilience Week VA on ACES Connection from SCAN Intern Charlotte Eure, MSW (who recently graduated virtually from Virginia Commonwealth University with her Master's in Social Work - Congratulations Charlotte!)

Look back on the events, trainings, resources and activities from Resilience Week VA on the SCAN website.
SCAN in the News

With kids stuck at home, ER doctors see more severe cases of child abuse from the Washington Post featuring SCAN's Circle Preschool Program Clinical Coordinator, Ann Abell and Executive Director, Jeanine Harper.

Mobilizing ACEs, Trauma and Resilience Networks to Support and Strengthen Pandemic Response Efforts from ACEConnection featuring SCAN's Community Programs Coordinator, Melissa, McGinn, discussing the efforts of the Greater Richmond TICN.

A special shout out to Resilience Week by Governor Northam! The Governor mentioned Resilience Week VA during his  press conference on May 4 .   The mention is around minute 23.
Trainings and Discussions with SCAN
SCAN's Community Programs Staff continue to support caregivers, families, teachers, school staff, and others through virtual trainings and conversations during the current crisis. Check out SCAN's YouTube channel to view recordings of past trainings and be on the lookout for upcoming opportunities.

Trainings and conversations provided have included:
Staff have also introduced a new series on the SCAN YouTube Channel called Take 5 . These quick videos will introduce easy ways to support yourself and your family. Join Rachael and Margo for the latest Take 5 videos:
Upcoming Training:
Educator Check In: Considering Social Emotional Needs
In Preparation For Next School Year
June 4 at 1pm
We will discuss strategies and ideas around how to transition from the end of this school year and prepare for next year, while keeping educators and students' social emotional learning needs at the forefront. There will be opportunities to ask questions and discuss ideas with fellow participants. This training is open to all, with a specific focus on educators of children.
Thank You Virtual Progressive Dinner Fundraiser
and Auction Supporters!
We are thrilled to announce that our first ever virtual 
Progressive Dinner & Auction raised $140,000.

Thank you to everyone who helped us raise such significant funds for the work we do to protect children. Your support, especially in this difficult time, is a testament to your goodwill, generosity and commitment to making a difference in the life of a child.

Thank you to our dedicated committee who contributed so much time, 
energy, and talent to make the event possible.

And thank you to all those who donated auction items, bid in the auction, 
and made financial contributions to advance SCAN's mission to
prevent and treat trauma, child abuse, and neglect.
Protect a Child today with a gift to SCAN's Annual Fund.
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