Accomplishments 15-16 1. The Trauma Informed Community Network (TICN) has grown and expanded to 113 members (39 new members joined in the 15-16 fiscal year) representing 61 agencies. The members of the TICN are engaged through eight committees: Trauma Informed Practice Training Committee, Trauma Informed Brief Screening Tool Committee, Trauma Informed Workforce Development Committee, Trauma Informed Schools Committee, Trauma Informed Outcomes Committee, and three newly formed committees: Trauma Informed Health Committee, Trauma Informed Legal and Courts Committee, and Trauma Informed Policy Committee. The Greater Richmond TICN provided consultation with other trauma-informed network efforts throughout the Commonwealth with representation from Hampton Roads, Petersburg, Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, Newport News, and Fairfax. The TICN also hosted six screening events of the Paper Tigers film of the story of Lincoln High School that documented their efforts to create a trauma informed school. Over five hundred people attended the screenings. 2. In order to better accommodate families and children in Henrico County, SCAN opened a satellite CAC in March of 2016 in collaboration with the Henrico Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) to serve Henrico County residents.
Goals 16-171. Continue to develop and implement trauma-informed practices and integrate protective factors throughout organizations serving children and families in the Greater Richmond area. By using the Families Are Magic (FAM) Prevention Program and the Trauma-Informed Community Network (TICN), SCAN will continue to lead the effort to build resiliency at the individual, family, and community level.2. Establish a Parent Council in the Greater Richmond area to help inform community programs and services for families and children through parent engagement.3.Assess the landscape of preschoolers’ needs who have experienced trauma in the area and identify the implications for the Circle Preschool Program. Also, increase trauma-informed education through exploration of enhancing or expanding the Circle Preschool Program.
SCAN’s budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year, which began July 1, is $1,645,539. All funds are used support SCAN's five programs, which include the Richmond CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) program, the FAM (Families Are Magic ) Prevention Program, the Family Support Program, the Circle Preschool Program and the Child Advocacy Center.
$10 gift: can help cover a week of breakfasts and lunches for a child enrolled in SCAN’s Circle Preschool.
$25 gift: can provide a week of transportation for two Family Support Program groups, thereby making it possible for clients who would otherwise be unable to do so to attend treatment and education groups.
$50 gift can train one CASA volunteer. CASA volunteers attend 32 hours of intensive training and court observation to advocate for children in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court System.
$100 gift can educate five caregivers using the revolutionary Stewards of Children training in the hope that they can help prevent child sexual abuse in our community.
$250 gift can supply a month’s worth of snacks for 25 children enrolled in SCAN’s Family Support Program’s children’s groups.
$500 gift can furnish occupational therapy services for 8 children in our Circle Preschool program. The Circle Preschool serves children whose significant social and emotional difficulties stemming from trauma make it impossible to thrive in a traditional pre-school environment.
$1000 gift can deliver 15 hours of intensive individual counseling for child victims of severe physical or sexual abuse.
In 2002, SCAN identified the need for a local Child Advocacy Center (CAC) by researching national trends and gathering feedback from clients and other local service providers. In 2003, SCAN convened a task force to determine the strategic direction of the proposed CAC, secured the necessary resources, and established the City of Richmond’s Multidisciplinary Team. In November 2004, SCAN opened the region’s first and only CAC and began offering mental health services for children and conducting monthly multidisciplinary team case reviews. In 2007 the CAC received accreditation from the National Children’s Alliance. Since, the CAC established Multidisciplinary Teams in Chesterfield County, Louisa County and Prince George County to better serve victims of abuse living in those areas.
In order to better accommodate families and children in Henrico County, SCAN opened a satellite CAC in March of 2016 in collaboration with the Henrico Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) to serve Henrico County residents.
In early 2007, SCAN restructured its original Public Education Program and re-launched it as FAM (Families Are Magic) Prevention Program. The purpose of FAM is to connect parents with other parents, with information on every day child-rearing issues, and with other local organizations that provide parenting education and support. Through FAM, SCAN promotes the 1-800-CHILDREN helpline, provides a clearinghouse for parenting resources at www.FAMrichmond.org, offers Circle of Parents groups, facilitates child abuse prevention trainings, and coordinates a FAM Network of service providers to help improve the community’s service delivery to parents.
In February 2009, SCAN began discussions with Richmond CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) about merging the organization with SCAN. In November 2009, Richmond CASA successfully merged with SCAN, becoming SCAN’s fourth program. CASA trains volunteers who advocate for the best interests of children involved in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court process. The program promotes safe, permanent homes for all children and enables SCAN to provide an even more comprehensive approach to treating and preventing child abuse and neglect in the Greater Richmond area.
Finally, in February 2011, SCAN began partnering with St. James’s Children’s Center to implement The Circle Preschool, a pilot therapeutic preschool program for children who have experienced trauma. Through the Circle Preschool, SCAN prepares children who have social and emotional challenges for long-term educational success before they enter kindergarten. The program is an expansion of SCAN’s current mental health program at the CAC.
Children who are abused and/or neglected often have social, cognitive, and economic difficulties in adulthood. Studies have shown that they are more likely to have poor academic achievement, poor coping and decision-making skills, and fail to develop adequate and positive social support. In addition to suffering from immediate physical injuries, victims of child abuse and neglect are more likely to develop behaviors that lead to obesity, diabetes, depression, psychiatric distress, post traumatic stress disorder, and other chronic diseases.
In the Greater Richmond area, there is a lack of trauma-informed systems to address the needs of children who have experienced trauma. Children that have experienced trauma have social, cognitive, and economic difficulties in childhood and adulthood and suffer from a variety of physical and mental health problems. According to the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study conducted by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) at the Kaiser Permanente, there is a strong link between adverse childhood experiences and adult onset of chronic illness.
The impact of traumatized children on society is profound and widespread. 85% of inmates were traumatized as youth. 27% of hospital visits can be traced to causes linked to childhood trauma. ACES hurt children in the short-term and hurt the same children when they become adults in the long-term. Students with at least three ACEs are three times as likely to experience academic failure.
Every community’s future lies with its children. Communities that value and care for children help create a better future for all of us. This goal is the center of SCAN’s mission to prevent child abuse and neglect, and SCAN accomplishes it by protecting children, promoting positive parenting, and strengthening families, via SCAN’s five programs.
Victimized children are placed in safe, permanent homes through a volunteer led court advocacy program. Children who have suffered trauma often experience emotional and developmental delays, and are helped by our Circle Preschool, founded on best practices of trauma-informed care. Parents who abuse because they’ve been abused are provided education and training that help end the cycle. Parents under stress and at risk for abuse or neglectful behavior benefit from our parenting programs. SCAN is expanding its expertise to other community organizations including local schools, through the Trauma-Informed Community Network. Your financial contributions to SCAN make it possible for specialized professionals to provide critical training to agency workers, teachers, parents and children, so abuse and neglect can be recognized early and even prevented. The children of greater Richmond have a better chance at a bright future because of your generosity.
Our work is fueled by our partners in the non-profit and government sectors, our exceptional staff, our dedicated volunteers and our passionate board members.We will continue to expand SCAN's services to build trauma informed systems that are necessary for children to thrive, and our board members are integral to this strategic planning and execution. SCAN has a history of sound fiscal management, a clear mission, strong leadership, high skill level and knowledge. SCAN is oriented toward excellence and is mission-focused. The Board of Directors maintain these priorities and also help SCAN strategically grow to meet the need for child abuse and neglect prevention and treatment services in the community.
Collaboration is a key organizational value and it runs through every program. As an essential part of our philosophy, collaboration compels us each day to ask questions like, “Who else is doing this?” and “How can we work together to best meet the need?” The Multidisciplinary Team is a collaborative effort by the Child Advocacy Center to coordinate services and communication in localities to better investigate, treat and prosecute the most severe types of abuse. Richmond CASA works with other local CASA programs to improve services and continue to provide efficient and effective services to children involved in cases of abuse and neglect. The FAM Network is a collaborative group of professionals who are committed to increasing resiliency among children and families, and meet quarterly to share information to strengthen families in our community.
Long-term goals of the CAC are to support victims' long-term mental health by engaging parents/caregivers in the recovery process and increasing families' protective factors. The CAC will improve the family’s response to trauma. In addition, the CAC will minimize the negative impact the investigation and prosecution process has on victims' mental health. Children will live in safer, more nurturing homes and will be better able to thrive as a result of long-term impacts of services provided by the CAC.
Short-term goals for caregivers include:
Short-term goals for children include:
The Families Are Magic (FAM) Prevention Program connects parents with other parents, with information on every day child-rearing issues, and with other local organizations that provide parenting education and support. Through FAM, SCAN promotes the 1-800-CHILDREN helpline, provides a clearinghouse for parenting information and resources through the www.FAMrichmond.org website, offers Circle of Parents self-help styled support groups, facilitates child abuse prevention trainings, and coordinates a FAM Network of service providers to help improve the community's service delivery to parents. Unlike other SCAN programs, which target high-risk families, FAM services are for ALL parents because child-rearing presents universal challenges regardless of socio-economic status. Through ongoing marketing efforts that address the stigma often felt by parents who need help, FAM encourages all parents to ask questions and seek help when needed.
The goals of the program are to:
FAM’s long-term goal is to prevent abuse before risk factors begin to appear and to prevent abuse inallsegments of our society. The long-term objective is to strengthen the community’s and families’ protective factors in order to improve the well-being of children.
The short-term objectives for the Richmond CASA program include:
Long-term objectives for the Richmond CASA program include:
§ Children will be placed in permanent, safe homes;
§ Children will receive CASA recommended services (i.e. ordered by court and implemented by DSS) and
§ CASA will refer caregivers and children to other ongoing services to ensure their overall wellbeing and development.
§ CASA will end the cycle of violence against adults and children.
Short-term goals of the Circle Preschool Program for children include:
Theshort-termgoals of the Circle Preschool Programfor caregivers include:
The long-term goal for children in the Circle Preschool Program is for children to develop emotional regulation skills, which will be evident in successful social interactions, positive self esteem and age-appropriate self regulation. By improving social and emotional challenges, children will be better prepared to enter a typical preschool or kindergarten setting ready learn, develop and thrive.
The long-term goal for caregivers in the Circle Preschool Program is for caregivers to develop more satisfying and positive relationships with their child, as evidenced by their ability to engage in a wide range of positive activities with their child. In addition, caregivers willdevelop a greater sense of efficacy about their parenting ability, both in play-based interactions and in positive discipline-related interactions.
SCAN offers a continuum of services to help families affected by abuse and neglect. Our niche continues to be helping the most at-risk families in our community. Typically, the children and families we serve have experienced multiple types of trauma. SCAN continues to witness an increase in the number of clients who have an income below the poverty level and who have histories of sexual abuse, domestic violence and substance abuse. Often clients have barriers to transportation and cannot afford services. SCAN works to eliminates barriers so that all families can receive services.
SCAN also empowers families who have not yet faced the painful realities of abuse and neglect. We believe in the strengths of each and every family. We know from our own experiences and based on the latest research that working with caregivers is the most effective way to impact a child’s development and ultimately their ability to be safe and to thrive. While we offer treatment and education to children who have been abused and neglected, we also focus much of our efforts working with caregivers.
By reaching caregivers both through our prevention efforts and in our treatment programs, we can prevent abuse before it happens. We offer caregivers education and support to minimize the likelihood of abuse and neglect. If abuse does occur, SCAN educates these caregivers to prevent them from abusing again. Educating just one mother will resonate within her family for generations to come. SCAN supports thousands of caregivers in our community, which results in long-lasting and far-reaching impact.
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SCAN is proud to strategically partner with a number of organizations and leaders in the community to efficiently use the community’s resources to help the most at-risk children and families. We are committed to using donations from you and our other community partners efficiently and effectively. SCAN has a strong history of financial stewardship that has been evidenced by detailed oversight of our financial resources. We regularly have audits. We have worked during the past several years to develop and maintain reserves for operating support. As you can review in our 990s, more than 85% of donations from corporations, individuals, foundations, churches and other local supporters goes directly to our programs to serve children and families.
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