Prince William County’s Kristiana Poole Honored for Work in Child Abuse Prevention on Quantico Marine Base

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Provided by SCAN of Northern Virginia

On March 25, SCAN of Northern Virginia honored five heroes from across the region as “Allies in Prevention” for their inspiring work to prevent child abuse and neglect and support the growth of strong, nurturing families in our community. ABC7’s Leon Harris, an Honorary Board Member at SCAN, presented the awards.KristianaPoole

In Prince William County, the honor was given to Kristiana Poole, a Victim Advocate for Quantico Marine Base’s Family Advocacy Program (FAP). In just three short years at the FAP, Kristiana has made an incredible impact on
both its programs and the families it serves. Bringing experiences from Child Protective Services and Empower House, where she was a community victim advocate, Kristiana now facilitates the highest number of groups ever offered by the FAP. In addition to workshops and classes, she is also the primary abuse prevention trainer for the base’s two Child Development Centers. Kristiana also piloted a SAFE Dates program for students last year, and has been instrumental in other programs for children including a psycho-educational group called Stepping Up to the Challenge and a REAL Talk for Girls Group.

“Kristiana always presents as enthusiastic and flexible,” notes her nominator, “with a contagious positive attitude towards her duties.” Those duties have included everything from absorbing cases and on-call duties to organizing a training on human trafficking with Department of Homeland Security.

During Kristiana’s work, Marine Corps Headquarters recognized Quantico FAP as leading the USMC in providing direct services to children.

The Allies in Prevention Awards Luncheon serves as a region-wide kick-off for National Child Abuse Prevention Month, which begins April 1. SCAN’s Kids Need Connections campaign will continue throughout the month, with a focus on educating all adults about the critical importance of a child having multiple, positive connections with adults in their life.

If community members or businesses want to get involved, they can become “Pinwheel Partners,” sharing resources or planting pinwheels to show their support for prevention.

To learn more, follow @scanofnova and #kidsneedconnections on social media or contact SCAN of Northern Virginia at 703-820-9001 or www.scanva.org.

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