If you’ve ever been involved with SCAN, chances are you know who Dave Cleary is. More than 20 years ago, Dave founded SCAN in the basement (yes, the basement) of his home in Old Town Alexandria. But his connection with the issues of child abuse and neglect as well as its cost to the community and the value of prevention began much earlier. We’ve told you about it before (most recently in a “Snapshot of Hope” for our 20th anniversary), but today we want to share Dave in his own words, on why he first started SCAN as well as what he dreams for the future of children and families in Northern Virginia:

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