Community Partner Spotlight

Community Partner Spotlight: SCAN

April 2019

Agency Name

Stop Child Abuse & Neglect (SCAN)

Agency Mission

The mission of SCAN is to teach kids what abuse is, what to do if it happends and how to get help - One classroom at a time.

United Way-funded program

SCAN programs are developmentally appropriate and aim to reduce child victimization and the stigma of abuse by teaching children to recognize dangerous and abusive situations, to distinguish between safe and unsafe touches, to say “no” to unwanted advances, to disclose to mistreatment to adults, and to know that such incidents are never the fault of the child.

SCAN is unique and makes a difference by empowering children to disclose abuse. Once that happens, referrals for community services such as the Child Advocacy Center, law enforcement, and physical and mental health supports can be offered. Ultimately, SCAN's goal is to reduce the stigma of abuse so children who have experienced abuse report it and get help and so their peers and their community are sensitive and supportive of their disclosures and promote a path to healing. For Kenosha’s children, knowledge gained from SCAN is power that can help mitigate the negative effects of abuse.

Program Highlights

SCAN provides school-based child abuse prevention lessons to children in the Kenosha Unified School District (KUSD), including programs for 2nd and 4th graders at all KUSD elementary schools and 6th graders at select KUSD middle schools.

During the 2018/2019 school year: 118 SCAN lessons were held at 25 KUSD elementary schools and 36 lessons were held at 3 KUSD middle schools. In all, SCAN taught child safety skills to 1,217 2nd graders, 1,344 4th graders, and 613 6th graders through age appropriate stories, videos, multimedia presentations and classroom discussions.

How does United Way of Kenosha County funding help our organization achieve its mission? 

The SCAN vision is to create a world where all children grow up in safe environments free from abuse. United Way of Kenosha County, Ocean Spray, Rust-Oleum, and donations from organizations, individuals, and businesses help bring this important program to Kenosha area schools.

How can volunteers get involved? 

Want more information or to volunteer? Want to host a SCAN lesson or make a contribution? Call Karen Fetherston at 262-619-1633, or contact us through our website at or our Facebook page