Since 1974 SCAN (Stop Child Abuse & Neglect), has helped eliminate abuse and neglect of children through family services, education and community partnerships in Northeast Indiana. SCAN believes every family has value.
SCAN offers 8 prevention programs (with many families in more than just one program):
- Community Partners /Network is the largest program which offers one-on-one in-home case management and crisis intervention to help struggling parents have their children return back to their home.
- Healthy Families offers free support to Allen County families with newborns up to 90 days old (for up to 3 years).
- Daybreak Crisis Homes are free of charge and available to children living in Allen County, who are under the age of 11, and going through a family crisis.
- Family Connections help families going through or are already divorced.
- Education Services are free to children ages 3-18 and adults. This program offers workshops about preventing child abuse and neglect, bullying and gun safety.
- Read to Me supplies free new or gently used books to children ages 0-18.
- Statewide Quality Assurance/Technical Training is provided to 56 sites in Indiana. Maternal Infant Early Child Oversight is provided to 10 sites in Indiana.
- Be SomeOne Now is a joint program with WorkOne Northeast which provides education and employment opportunities to individuals aged 16-21.
SCAN also offers five restoration programs for families who are referred by the Indiana Department of Child Services and Juvenile Probation:
- Home-Based Casework Services provides in-home one-on-one services to parents to help them become nurturing competent parents.
- Visitation Facilitation helps to keep children safe and teach parents skills in coping with their children.
- Home-Based Therapy provides assistance while recovering from abuse in a family’s natural environment.
- Homemaker Services helps parents learn how to clean a home and care for a child.
- Intensive Intervention Team is a crisis response program focused on rapidly correcting problems that may lead to the removal of children from the home.
The Joan Sherman Program started in 2011, in partnership with the Devereux Center, and further develops resiliency programs for children and adults who have experienced abuse and neglect; and works to prevent the cycle of abuse and neglect. Families engaged in SCAN’s Supervised Visitation program are invited to voluntarily participate. Parents learn to strengthen the ‘within’ protective factors of their children who are victims which will then increase their resilience. Evidence shows those children who have those protective factors with the external resiliency building supports are more successful academically, less likely to be in the criminal justice system and have fewer long-term mental and physical health problems. All of which are to important to the success of ending the cycle of abuse and neglect.
The Courtyard was a huge undertaking by SCAN but is now complete. The Courtyard houses 18-25 year olds entering adulthood without significant support, who are aging out of foster care, or are at risk of becoming homeless. Jennifer Neher of SCAN states, “The Courtyard fits the mission because most children who are leaving foster care are victims of abuse or neglect.” The Courtyard has a total of 36 apartments (24 one bedroom and 12 tw0 bedrooms). Counseling and other supportive services such as the teaching kitchen are available to residents to help better themselves and become successful. Per the Courtyard press release, “This is another example of the great things taking place in our community,” said Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry. The Courtyard opened its doors in July 2014 and currently 31-32 units are occupied out of 36. Neher admits, “Despite a few bumps along the way, things are going well.”
Tailgate with SCAN at IPFW on September 18, 2014 at 5:30pm. Kick back and relax in your tailgate gear, hear some music and support a good cause. There will be music, gourmet buffet, cash bar, giveaways and live and silent auctions. Other events throughout the year are the Brown Bag Lunch in March and the Duck Race in May and June. They have already happened in 2014 so look forward to them in 2015!
Ways to get involved:
SCAN is looking for volunteers in the Library/Resource Room, to fill orders for the Read-To-Me program, Family Restoration Volunteer, and Clerical Assistance. Or you can volunteer to become a committee member. You may also donate to SCAN to help support their cause of helping families stay together and stopping child abuse and neglect. With winter time approaching, your money will help purchase new winter coats, hats, mittens and gloves, school supplies, gas cards, baby formula and much more.