Michelle Walseman Brings Expertise to Dual Role at SCAN
Michelle started in a dual role at SCAN in 2019, working within the Richmond CASA and Child Advocacy Center Programs. We are thankful for the expertise, commitment to families, and positive presence that she brings to the SCAN team!

How did you first get involved with SCAN? What has your life/work experience been that brought you to SCAN?
I previously worked as a Victim/Witness Specialist at Richmond Victim/Witness Services for three years before starting at SCAN. In this role, I primarily worked out of the Richmond Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, advocating for victims and witnesses of crime throughout the criminal justice process. Although I primarily served survivors of domestic (and/or intimate partner) violence, it was here that I first started working with child survivors of abuse as well. While working specifically with children and their caregivers during the court process, I was exposed to and participated in the Richmond Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) at the CAC, and in turn came to learn about SCAN and its programs. I have always been drawn to the trauma-informed practices of SCAN, and was so excited to officially join the team in October 2019.

 What is your current role?
I have the unique opportunity to work for two programs at SCAN – the CAC and Richmond CASA. At the CAC, I work part-time as a Child and Family Advocate (primarily at the Henrico office), where I meet with non-offending caregivers during their child’s forensic interview. Within this meeting, I explain the forensic interview process and offer support, often in the form of linking families to mental health support or other needed resources through ongoing follow-up. I also participate as a member of the Henrico MDT and coordinate with our various partners. The other role I fulfill at SCAN is as a Case Manager at CASA. Through this position, I participate in the training and supervision of volunteers who advocate for children whose cases have come before the court due to abuse or neglect by a caregiver. I support my volunteers through ongoing navigation of their case, including assisting in the preparation of a written report that is submitted to the court. This report details a child’s situation and makes recommendations regarding what is in the child’s best interests concerning permanency and needed services for both the child and parents.  

What inspires you to stay involved with your work at SCAN?
In this line of work, we are interacting with people who are dealing with one of the hardest experiences of their lives. What inspires me while advocating for children and families at the CAC is finding ways to lessen this load and make the process a little less traumatic if I can. Sometimes that might be something seemingly small, like providing a non-judgmental, listening ear, or simply allowing the space to talk through a range of emotions. Within my role as a CASA Case Manager, I am inspired by the sheer dedication of our volunteers who devote their personal time to advocate for a child who is also going through one of the most stressful and traumatic events of their life as well. It takes a real-life superhero to be a CASA volunteer!

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Log into Target.com/circle or the Target app to support Greater Richmond SCAN from April 1 - June 30, 2021! Give your votes to SCAN to direct Target funding to support our programs.

The more votes SCAN receives, the larger the percentage of the funding that will go to support SCAN's 5 programs.
SCAN Virtual Cooking Demo Chef Series is Back!
Save the Date
June 5 at 6pm

Join SCAN for a virtual cooking demo featuring Chefs Paul Kostandin and Hai Truong of Red Salt preparing Delmonico Steaks and Tuna Tartare.

This chef demo will have limited ticket quantities available so be on the lookout for further details and ticket information to come!
Become a Richmond CASA Volunteer
Richmond CASA is now recruiting for our summer CASA training class.
Applications will be accepted through June 7, 2021.

CASA volunteers advocate for children who have been abused or neglected. They make sure the child’s needs are heard – in the community and in the courtroom – and serve as a caring, consistent adult in a child’s life. They are individuals from all walks of life who are willing to dedicate their time to looking out for a child’s best interests.

Learn more about becoming a CASA volunteer. Reach out to Heather Farber at volunteer@grscan.com with any questions or to submit your application.
Join SCAN's Board of Young Professionals
Are you between the age of 22 and 35 and looking to get more involved with Greater Richmond SCAN? Our Board of Young Professionals is accepting applications for membership for our 21-22 year through June 1!

This group of kind and passionate individuals serves as advocates for SCAN, coordinates events for children and families that come to SCAN for services, raises funds and increases awareness about our programs, and participates in social events and volunteer opportunities.

Find more information and download the application on our website or email Sarah at smersereau@grscan.com with questions or to express interest.
Thank you to Glave Kocen Gallery for their recent support of SCAN!

Thank you to Don and Patti Rackl and their friends for putting together activity bags for children served by SCAN's CAC awaiting court hearings.

We are grateful to SCAN's neighbors at Stella's Market for assisting with snacks for a recent SCAN Staff gathering!

Thank you to CarMax for their recent grant and ongoing support of SCAN's Circle Preschool Program.
Thank you all involved in SCAN's 30th Anniversary Weekend!
We are thrilled to announce that the weekend raised over $163,000 for SCAN! Thank you to everyone who helped us raise such significant and critical funds for the work we do to protect children. Your support, especially during this time when children need us the most, is a testament to your goodwill, generosity, and commitment to making a difference in the lives of children.

Thank you to our dedicated committee and volunteers who committed 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.

A special thank you to our 2021
30th Anniversary Celebration & Auction Sponsors!
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Protect a Child today with a gift to SCAN's Annual Fund.
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