Conference Charity

About SCAN

Our Vision, Mission & Strategies

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Our vision is that every child in Northern Virginia will grow up in a safe, stable, nurturing family, with the supports they need to contribute to stronger communities today and as adults tomorrow.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) of Northern Virginia is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the well-being of children, improve parent-child relations and prevent child abuse and neglect by:

  • EDUCATING the community about the scope, nature and consequences of child abuse and neglect and the importance of positive, nurturing parenting;
  • PROVIDING direct parent education;
  • ADVOCATING for children in the community, the legislature and the courts.

SCAN of Northern Virginia is the chosen charity for the 2017 NACM-IACA Joint Annual Conference. Please consider bringing a few items from SCAN’s wish list (below) to the conference. The collected items will be presented to SCAN at the conference.

SCAN’s Wish List

We work directly with hundreds of children and families every year, and there are so many kinds of donations that can make a difference to the children and families we serve!

Non-Perishable Food Items

  • Children’s snacks (animal crackers, graham crackers, goldfish, etc.) & 100% fruit juices/juice boxes
  • Protein bars for expectant moms
  • Coffee – coffee filters, powdered creamer, sugar, disposable coffee cups with lids
  • Paper plates, cups, bowls, paper towels, silverware for family meals during parenting classes (if interested in providing holiday paper goods for celebrations with children in foster care, contact staff for numbers and dates needed)

Arts & Crafts Supplies

  • Glue sticks, scissors
  • Washable Crayola markers, crayons, colored & regular pencils
  • Heavy duty paint aprons
  • Construction paper & art tissue paper
  • Water color paint sets
  • Poster board

Children’s Toys & Books

  • Coloring books
  • Child and teen-friendly magazines
  • Active play kits: soft, durable playground balls, jump ropes, nerf ball & hoop, beanbags, sensory balls
  • Children’s picture books, older kid books ENGLISH & SPANISH (non-violent, no religious themes)
  • Bubbles (esp. the big container and lots of wands sticking out would be awesome)
  • Costume sets, puppets
  • Little hands tool totes, doctor´s imagination kits
  • Cars, planes, train toys, portable kitchen play set and play food assortments
  • Soft and safe farm animals, wild animals, ocean animals
  • Soft and safe building blocks
  • Fishing play set
  • Write and wipe lapboards, magnetic color, counting, numbers, letters maze
  • Brainquest activity books for children, puzzles, games (as seen at BJ’s)

Office Supplies

  • Copy Paper – regular 8.5 x 11 multi-purpose white, pastels, coverstock and cardstock
  • Standard manila and colored file folders
  • Pens, Flip chart markers
  • Avery 5160 Mailing labels, 9X12 mailing envelopes
  • Adhesive Nametags
  • Easel pads, especially the 3M-style ones like oversize post-its


  • $25 gas cards (for CASA volunteers who travel to visit children placed out of town in treatment centers or distant foster care placements)
  • $10 gift cards to Safeway, Giant, Target, Wal-Mart, Dollar Store, and movie passes for raffle prizes to encourage parenting class attendance and homework completion
  • $10 gift cards to Starbucks (or similar chain) for volunteer appreciation
  • $10 – $25 gift cards to ToysRUs or BabiesRUs
  • $25 gift cards to Target/Walmart/grocers to pay for diapers
  • $25-30 gift cards to local grocers (Safeway, Giant, etc.) to provide refreshments for a parent support group celebration
  • Large plastic storage bins
  • Baby wipes, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes
  • Large trash bags