SCAN honored six Northern Virginians with 2014 Allies in Prevention Awards earlier this month. The awards were presented at SCAN's 12th Annual Allies in Prevention Awards Luncheon, with emcee Leon Harris from ABC7 and Keynote Speaker Dr. Terry Morris, the NASA scientist who shared his personal story of experiencing child abuse and the foster care system.
Among those honored was Dr. Heather Stowe, director of Social Services in the Arlington County Department of Human Services. In her current role she manages a budget of $22 million while integrating a variety of child-serving programs.
Stowe received her master’s degree in English language and literature from Glasgow University, and a post master’s qualification in “Youth and Community Work” from Jordanhill College in Scotland. She received her master’s and doctoral degrees in social work from Howard University. She has published in the field of trauma and recovery and has consulted nationally on system change.
SCAN of Northern Virginia has been working for more than 25 years 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; and advocating for children in the community, the legislature and the courts.