Provide a voice for Richmond's most vulnerable Children
Become a CASA Volunteer!

CASA Conversations
Wednesday, November 29th
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
CASAs are everyday citizens appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children. CASAs make sure children don't get lost in the overburdened legal and social services systems. For many abused children, their CASA will be the one constant adult presence in their lives. Richmond CASA urgently needs more volunteers to fill this important role. 
Please join Richmond CASA for an information session at the home of one of our supporters. You will have the opportunity to learn how CASA volunteers advocate for the best interests of children who have been abused or neglected.  Two current volunteers will be there to share their experiences and answer questions.
RSVP by November 27th to or 804-646-5180.

***Location information will be sent out once you RSVP***
Bid Now for your Chance to See President Barack Obama at the Richmond Forum 
November 18, 2018

Don't miss this opportunity to win TWO (2) THIRD ROW TICKETS to see President Barack Obama at the Richmond Forum on Saturday, November 18, 2017. Click BID NOW to win your tickets! Auction is open now and closes on November 10, 2017 at 11:59 PM.

Proceeds from this auction will benefit three Richmond-area nonprofit organizations chosen by the ticket donors. Those organizations are Richmond Ballet, Greater Richmond SCAN, and the Chrysalis Institute. To learn more about these nonprofits, or to make a 100% tax deductible donation to one or all of the organizations, click Donate Now on the auction webpage!

This auction is solely a fundraiser and does not reflect the political views of the benefitted organizations.

A huge thank you to our friends at 
Kohlmann's Neighborhood Market for helping to provide food for a recent staff retreat!

Thank you to Nick Costas for collecting a HUGE amount of snacks for the kids in SCAN's programs.
SCAN is in need of healthy snack donations !

Please help with a donation of snacks for the children served by SCAN through the Child Advocacy Centers (CAC) and Family Support Program Children Groups.

Snacks can be dropped off at 103 East Grace Street, or contact us to coordinate a pick-up. 
Jeanine Harper named YNPN Great Nonprofit Boss!
The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network recognized Jeanine Harper as one of the Great Nonprofit Bosses of 2017!

Read more about Jeanine and all the honorees HERE
Free Public Resilience Screening
December 4, 2017
6:00 pm
The Byrd Theater

"The child may not remember, but the body remembers."
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.
For more information and to register, please  Click Here
Vol. 74, November 2017 
Mia Lewis, Circle Preschool Program Therapeutic Aide
Mia defines her role, as the Circle Preschool Program's  Therapeutic Aide, at SCAN as helping children with regulation and helping in the classroom, as well as working on administrative tasks.

When asked why the work at SCAN is important to her Mia responded, "Children are our future. If we don't help now it leads to issues in adulthood. Children don't deserve to grow up with baggage." 

Mia explains that seeing the children begin to build a trusting relationship with her is extremely rewarding, and that it makes her feel hopeful. Mia wishes that more people talked about the work that SCAN does, even though the topic can be heavy, because it is the only way to build resiliency in our community and to find new ways to offer support.

**Interested in learning more about SCAN's Circle Preschool Program?**

Visit the Circle Preschool page Now
Circle Preschool Program Works to Combat Long Lasting Impact of Trauma and Toxic Stress in Early Childhood

Between 2008 and 2012, children from birth to 4 years old were the largest subgroup of maltreated children under age 18 in the United States. In this time, between 241,000 and 271,000 children were identified as victimized by at least one episode of indicated or substantiated maltreatment, and/or were identified as an alternative response victim (Kids Count Data Center, 2016).

Children who suffer from trauma such as abuse and neglect early in life are more likely to have low academic success rates, more likely to need remedial help, and more likely to have poor health, poor relationships with their peers and family, and poor social-emotional development. Also, they are more likely to experience expulsion from school, drop out of school, be arrested, develop substance abuse problems, and die at an early age.
The Circle Preschool Program helps young children who have experienced complex trauma and toxic stress more fully benefit from their education by preventing trauma from leading to long-term challenges in the classroom and in life. By engaging children and their caregivers early, preschool staff can improve child and family functioning for the long-term. Too often the impact of early trauma is ignored and treatment is delayed until the child is older, which can be very detrimental to the development of these young children.
Treatment components employed at the Circle Preschool Include:
  • Caregiver Involvement
  • Necessary Positive Repetition
  • Play Therapy
  • Establishing a Safe Environement
To Learn more about the work at the Circle Preschool read "A Multidisciplinary Model for Treating Complex Trauma in Early Childhood" recently published in the International Journal of Play Therapy by Kathy Ryan, Clinical Coordinator, and Denise Powers, Lead Early Childhood Specialist.
Word Cloud created through descriptions shared by SCAN Staff

  SCAN hosts partners from Walla Walla Washington
Thank you to the Department of Juvenile Justice for hosting a two day visit from Community Resilience Initiative (CRI) members from Walla Walla in Richmond this past month. We were so glad to connect Greater Richmond Trauma Informed Community Network efforts with CRI members and to share an overview of our work. We appreciate when networks like CRI and Greater Richmond TICN doing this work around the country can learn from each other. 

Learn more about the efforts of the Greater Richmond TICN HERE

A special thank you to Kabana Rooftop for their help in making this event possible!

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