REFELCTIONS FROM THE FOUNDING DIRECTOR
In the early 1970's, while I was a staff pediatrician at the Philadelphia General Hospital and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, I attended many children admitted with serious injuries we suspected were due to abuse and neglect. However, within weeks or months after children's discharge, many of them were seen again, sometimes dead or more seriously injured. It became obvious that families were not getting adequate follow-up or treatment. As a pediatrician, I knew that the treatment for these injured children had to go beyond just the physical intervention and include the family. In our outrage, we appealed to our employer's public officials and the medial for additional resources. Eventually, we found four public health and welfare officials who helped us obtain funding to start a SCAN Center in 1975. We began with a dedicated staff of 16 Family Workers at the old Philadelphia General Hospital. Now other children's agencies sit upon PHG's former grounds at 38th Street and University Avenue.
For the past 20 years, as a pediatrician, I have confronted the issues of child maltreatment. During this time, I developed the greatest respect and admiration for the competent, caring, and courageous staff of SCAN as well as the affiliated hospitals and service providers. These people remain dedicated to protecting children from abuse while also helping troubled parents retain their children in a safe and nurturing environment. I am firmly convinced that the reduction of child abuse and neglect will also result in the reduction of juvenile delinquency and crime. Investing dollars in child abuse prevention and treatment is a very cost-effective strategy for our community, policy makers, and government to restore our nation to a kinder and safer one.
DR. E. PETER WILSON
Since 1991, Vivian Drayton, MSW, LSW leads a multifaceted, management and
administrative team of physicians, nurse practitioners, specialists and
support staff. During her tenure, Mrs. Drayton has more than tripled the
scope and reach of SCAN from two annual programs to the current ten and
oversees an annual operating budget in excess of 3 million dollars. While
staff turnover averages two years throughout the industry, Mrs. Drayton
proudly maintains a 10 year staff turnover average. Many of her staff have
been with the organization 15, 20 and 25 years!
SCAN is rated above the rest by their unique strength based model programs
that are home based and multidisciplinary - conducting several treatment
options simultaneously within one family including substance, child abuse,
daycare services, child development and psychological counseling.
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Contact Information for SCAN
Programs and Services
SCAN, Inc's Central Office:
520 N. Columbus Blvd. Suite 305
Philadelphia, PA 19123