Wednesday August 2nd

Join us on August 2nd for a Give Back Night to benefit SCAN.
15% of the proceeds from the evening will be donated to SCAN.

We hope to see you there!
  Meet the CAC's
Therapy Dog, Toby!

Age: 9 years
Breed: Chocolate Labrador retriever
Likes: Visiting SCAN, Carrots, and Naps!
Dislikes: Thunder
Catherine Meadows, a rising senior at St. Catherine's School, has established a new therapy dog program in partnership with SCAN. In addition, Catherine plans to increase awareness about therapy dogs in our community and has created informational resources for healthcare professionals and caregivers..

Catherine is the therapy dog facilitator for SCAN's caregiver support program, with support from her Mom, former Board member Lisa Meadows Ambrose, who is the
chauffeur for Catherine and Toby, a certified therapy dog.
Therapy Dogs
What is a therapy dog? 
A therapy dog is trained to give comfort to people, their families, and staff. Therapy dogs help in outpatient centers, hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and libraries.
How do therapy dogs help people? 
Spending time with a therapy dog may improve your mood, increase activity, and lower distress.
Are therapy dogs and service dogs the same?  
Not all therapy dogs are service dogs. Service dogs are trained to do specific tasks for one person with special needs. It can take a long time to train service dogs, beginning when they are puppies. A therapy dog has one "handler" and can help many people.
Can my dog be a therapy dog? 
Therapy dogs should be calm, friendly, and loving to people of all ages. They also need to be healthy, not afraid of loud noises or crowds, and well trained in obedience. If this sounds like your dog, think about registering with a national group.

Where can I get more information?
American Kennel Club (AKCĀ®):
(919) 233-9767 Website:
Therapy Dogs International (TDIĀ®): (973) 252-9800 Website:

"The child may not remember, but the body remembers."

is the companion film to Paper Tigers, which follows a year in the life of an alternative high school in Washington State who radically changed its approach to student discipline, with radically positive results.

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.

Resilience Public Screening
Sarah Garland Wellness Center
Thursday, August 31, 2017

For more information and to register, please email Kristen Byrd at

We are very grateful to the members of our Protector's Circle for helping us keep children safe.
The Protector's Circle of Greater Richmond SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) is a select group of individuals who support SCAN by making an annual gift of
$1,000 or more to our child abuse prevention and treatment services.

SCAN is in need of healthy snack donations and school supplies!

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 and school supplies can be dropped off at 103 East Grace Street.

Vol. 71, July 2017 
Gayle Holland 
Volunteer Since: August 2016

What do you do when you aren't volunteering for CASA?
I have been a RN for 40 years. I moved to Richmond 3 years ago to be closer to my children and grandchildren and currently my husband, Norm, (who is also a CASA) and I take care of our 2 year old grandson (pictured) who has a sibling on the way next month. We also love to spend time with our other grandchildren in Charlottesville.

Why do you CASA?
As a public health nurse in Maryland, I got to know CASAs who were visiting some of the same families I was. I loved hearing about their opportunities for advocacy. My daughter is a professor at VCU and on the Board of Young Professionals for SCAN. When my husband and I moved to Richmond, she asked us to help out at the Santa Shop event and we learned that there were many children waiting for CASA's. We decided right away that I would go through training and my husband decided to get trained with me.

I am overwhelmed by the wonderful work CASA volunteers do, I love the advocacy role we provide for kids and I am so thankful for the guidance and support from the CASA professional staff! I must admit though, my favorite times as a CASA are the times each month interacting with my kids. I'm so in awe of their resiliency and ability to share their love.

Why we think Gayle is awesome:
Gayle has been a joy to work with! She has such a big heart, and just wants to help everyone that she can. On her first case, she developed strong relationships with the foster parents, DSS worker, and other professionals. Most importantly, she immediately connected with her CASA kids and it's clear that they've benefited from having her in their lives.
Questions about getting involved in Richmond CASA?

Please contact CASA Volunteer Coordinator, Heather Farber, at or 804-646-5180.
You can also find more information at .

Welcome to SCAN's 2017-18
Board of Directors and
Board of Young Professionals.

Thank you to those who have served us in past years, and those who will continue to serve into the years ahead. SCAN is truly grateful to have your support and service in its work to change lives.

Carolyn Port,  President 
The Pediatric Center
Jen Kostyniuk, Vice President
Dominion Energy
Casey E. Bartok,  Treasurer
Allison Monette, Secretary
Community Volunteer

Amishi Amin- Shamin Hotels
Coburn Beck - Troutman Sanders, LLP
Patsy Buelow - Community Volunteer
Cathy Bos - Community Volunteer
Leemore Burke - Commonwealth OB/GYN
Ellie Caplice - Community Volunteer
Karen Davis - Wells Fargo Advisors
Mark Deutsch - Pediatric Partners of Virginia
Rashida Gray - Bon Secours Richmond- St. Mary's
David Green- GRTC Transit System
Kristin Hamlin - Wells Fargo
Betsy Harris - Richmond Capital Management
Kari Teagno Hyman - Boscobel LLC/Free Bridge   
 Contracting LLC
Erin Smith Jewett- Community Volunteer
Frank Keller - UPS Freight
Brad McGetrick - CoStar Group
Margaret Keightley - Catholic Diocese of
Scott Miller - Thompson, Siegel and Walmsley
Nancy Oglesby - Fluvanna Commonwealth's
Jay Olander - Cornerstone Realty Advisors
Alison Rogish - Deloitte
Kristy Shaffer - CarMax
John C.  Stanchina - Marsh & McLennan Agency l
Sofia Teferi - Bon Secours Health Systems, Inc.
Birck Turnbull - Thalhimer
Kay Tyler - Sterling Home Staging
Kimberley D. VanHuss - Kimble, CPA

Christina Edwards, Chair
Williams Mullen
Sara Marcus, Vice-Chair

Scott Alouf -  CloudBees
Jill Barden -Indivior Inc
Erin Barr - Chesterfield Country Commonwealth
 Attorneys Office
C. Armistead Blanton, IV - M&T Bank
Holly Coy -Commonwealth of Virginia
Kyle Elliott - Ogletree Deakins
Wilson Flohr - Porter Real Estate
 Company/Commercial Real Estate
Rachel Joyce - Virginia Commonwealth
 Investments/Choice One Real Estate
Megan Kettyle - UMFS
Kate Lawrence - McGuire Woods, LLP
Elaine Minor - Richmond Police Department LIFE
Mary Elliott Neal - Bowman and Brook LLP
Brian Pavlik - Dominion Energy
Nora Pavlik -  Braley & Thompson
Samantha Platania - Meadows Urquhart Acree & Cook
Megan Pratt - Depomed
Anna Rhoads - Willis Towers Watson
Courtney Ritter - KPMG
Jeremy Santoro - Children's Hospital of Richmond and VCU Health
Marly Santoro - VA Association of Area Agencies on Aging
Rommi Shtayyeh - Owens & Minor
Chris Sill - TB&R Insurance
Ashley Silva- KPMG
Allison Smith - University of Richmond School of
Elliot Staley- CloudBees
Lindsey Strachan- Jackson Lewis
Adrienne C. Taylor - St. Catherine's School
Using Storytime to Develop Resilience in Young Children
September 13, 2017
9am to Noon
SCAN's Henrico CAC
$125: includes USB, curriculum and materials
This workshop will provide you with the knowledge and skills  to enable you to train the Storytime intervention to a wide population of parents, caregivers and child serving professionals.
Click here for more information!
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