Amy Johnson helps Launch Pilot at Glen Lea Elementary School
Amy Johnson has been involved with SCAN for several years, but took on a new role as the Trauma Informed Education Specialist at Glen Lea Elementary School in February 2019. This pilot project was launched in collaboration with SCAN, Henrico Education Foundation, and Henrico County Public Schools. SCAN is fortunate to have Amy’s experience, passion, organization skills, and trauma-informed approach in leading this exciting new project.

How did you first get involved with SCAN?
When I was in school for counselor education (with a goal of becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor), a SCAN staff member came and spoke to my class. SCAN’s work and mission is personal to me and resonated so I connected and it became a long term goal to get more involved with SCAN.
Around 5 years ago I started working in the Family Support Program as a Parent Group Facilitator and then became a Children’s Group Facilitator. I also participated in a pilot project specialty group called Family Art Dinner Night. SCAN collaborated with other organizations to work with parents and children together and everyone had dinner as a group and family.

What has your life/work experience been that brought you to SCAN?
My life experience has really made SCAN’s mission personal for me. I am a survivor of abuse, trauma, intimate partner violence, and witness to domestic violence. This inspired me to want to give back and enables me to put myself in the shoes of the students and families we serve at SCAN.
My role now is as the Trauma Informed Education Specialist for SCAN at Glen Lea Elementary School in Henrico County. This role has been a perfect match of my experience working within school systems and my clinical knowledge. Children are in school so many hours a day, so what better place to make an impact and provide a safe and welcoming environment than school. This pilot project involves working with school staff, teachers, caregivers, and community partners to help Glen Lea becoming trauma-informed. This includes thinking about IEPs, working on how we interact with students, providing one on one student support as needed, supporting teachers and engaging families.

9th Annual Child Advocate's Breakfast
Friday, October 4, 2019
7:30 - 8:30am
Country Club of Virginia
 
The Child Advocate's Breakfast raises awareness and financial support for SCAN's five programs.

In celebration of the programs 15th year, the breakfast will focus on the Child Advocacy Centers with insight from staff, stories from those touched by the program, and outcomes of the program. 

Email Kristen Byrd for more information and to RSVP. 
Trunk or Treat at Hardywood West Creek Benefiting SCAN
Join Hardywood and Greater Richmond SCAN for Trunk or Treat on
Sunday, October 27th, from 12:00-4:00 PM.

Trunk or Treat is free to attend. All ages welcome!

Join Hardywood and other local businesses, organizations and community members as they park and decorate the trunk of their car or tent and pass out candy as kids “trunk or treat” from car-to-car. Trunk or Treat allows kids to have all the trick-or-treating fun without crossing streets or worrying about traffic. In addition to trunk or treating, guests can enjoy family-friendly fall activities, food trucks, and enter a raffle for a chance to win a few awesome prizes! Hardywood West Creek will be donating a percentage of sales from the event to Greater Richmond SCAN.

For more information on participating as a decorated trunk or tent please visit: https://forms.gle/6QVZBpnXM5Z9ibVbA

Give a Gift Through United Way
When you join a United Way campaign, you have the opportunity to choose how your contribution is spent. You can have your gift distributed for you or you can give your gift to a specific organization.  

SCAN is eligible to receive donor designations through the United Way campaigns.  
 
Our campaign codes are as follows:
United Way Campaign: #3343 (please also list SCAN)
Combined Federal Campaign (CFC): #82607
Local Government & Schools (LGS): #166
A Year of Protecting Children
Thank you for your support of Greater Richmond SCAN! During the 18-19 fiscal year, you made it possible for SCAN to:

  • Serve 571 caregivers and 72 children through the Family Support Program—all from families who have experienced or are at risk of experiencing child abuse and/or neglect.
  • Our Richmond CASA volunteers advocated for 204 children in the Richmond Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court system.
  • The Child Advocacy Center served 990 children who were alleged victims of severe physical abuse or neglect, child pornography or witnesses to violence, and 560 adults including their non-offending caregivers.
  • The Circle Preschool Program served 25 children and 37 caregivers.
  • SCAN’s Community Programs, including FAM (Families are Magic) and the TICN (Trauma-Informed Community Network), reached 5,159 adults through various trainings on how to recognize and report child abuse and neglect, trauma informed practices and positive parenting. SCAN’s also screened Resilience for over 1,200 individuals last fiscal year. Resilience is a documentary that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and a new movement to prevent and treat toxic stress. 
Support Greater Richmond SCAN during the Dominion Energy Charity Classic through Birdies for Charity Presented by TowneBank!
The program gives SCAN an opportunity to generate contributions through flat donations or based on the number of “birdies” made by PGA TOUR Champions players during the tournament.
 
In addition, the PGA TOUR will donate an additional 10 percent on donations made through Birdies for Charity, so SCAN will receive an additional 10 percent of total pledges!
 
DONATION TYPES (Donations can be made at any time):

* A one-time flat donation (minimum donation of $25).
 
*A per-birdie donation (option to cap donation). Total donation amount will be determined based on the number of birdies made by PGA TOUR Champions professionals during the Dominion Energy Charity Classic.
 
Community Resilience Screening
October 8, 2019
6:00 - 7:30pm
The Byrd Theatre

Join us on October 8 for a free, public screening and panel discussion of Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope.

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. After the screening, there will be a panel discussion with local yoga and meditation instructors sharing their knowledge and experiences on how these practices increase resiliency.

Registration is free. Reserve your spot today!
Save the Dates - SCAN Events
The Graduate Rooftop
October 30, 2019
A Happy Hour to support SCAN

Toy Drive Happy Hour
November 15, 2019
Triple Crossing - Fulton
Bring a toy for SCAN's Santa Shop and enjoy a drink with friends!

Shops at 5807 Holiday Event
December 5, 2019

Shagbark Dinner to Support SCAN
February 9, 2020

Blue and White Ball
March 7, 2020

SCAN Progressive Dinner and Auction
May 2, 2020
Details and ticket information to come!
Greater Richmond SCAN's TICN Legal and Courts Committee Assists in Addressing School Absences
The Greater Richmond SCAN's TICN Legal and Courts Committee is supporting a new alternative approach initiative that is designed to address school absences. The P+A=SS docket (Parents + Attendance = School Success) will address issues in school attendance with families.
 
The alternative docket is intended to better address the obstacles to school attendance that parents face. Parents and service providers will be gathered at the alternative location to address/intervene in the underlying causes of school absences. Recognizing that chronic absenteeism increases the likelihood of negative outcomes for students, P+A=SS will be held at the middle school to encourage parents to engage with the school to provide their child with the education he or she deserves. While it will be a Court proceeding, the setting is intended to message to the parents that resolving the problems will be a collaborative effort.
 
Other agencies providing time and resources towards this endeavor include Richmond Public Schools: Behavioral Support, Health Services, School Social Work Services, School Climate/Safety Division, Richmond Behavioral Health Authority, McKinney-Vento Act workers, the Greater Richmond Trauma Informed Care Network, Richmond Department of Social Services, University of Richmond Children's Defense Clinic, and the Richmond Sheriff’s Office.

SCAN's TICN provides educational resources for caregivers that includes handouts on: Toxic Stress, ACEs and Resilience, Coping Strategies, Ways to Build Self Esteem, Grounding Techniques and Mindful Activities. In addition, caregivers are given inspirational quote cards and sensory items to assist with stress relief.
SCAN is in Need of Healthy Snacks for Kids!
We were grateful to have Tiffany, a local high school student, drop by the SCAN office recently with a delivery of snacks from a snack drive she organized. These snacks will be enjoyed by children that come to SCAN's Child Advocacy Program and Family Support Program for services!

You can help make a difference in a child's day too! Holding a snack drive is a great way to get your company, school, civic group, book club, or other group engaged in SCAN's mission and make a difference.

Please donate boxes of unopened, individually wrapped healthy snacks,
small bottled water and juice boxes. For snack ideas or to send snacks directly to SCAN's programs, check out our snack Amazon Wishlist.

Reach out to Sarah at smersereau@grscan.com with questions, to hold a snack drive, or to make a snack donation to SCAN.
Protect a Child today with a gift to SCAN's Annual Fund.
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