Hispanics Against Child Abuse and Neglect – HACAN is a non-profit organization formed in 1985 to assist local agencies with the prevention of child abuse and neglect.
HACAN strengthens families, empowers youth, and prevents child abuse and neglect through culturally competent education, intervention, and community advocacy with a focus on the Hispanic/Latino Community.
Between 1982-1985, a group of hispanic/non-hispanic professionals working with the hispanic community worked together to advocate for the needs of immigrants and other minorities. A Coalition of Hispanic organizations/workers was formed to advocate for the hiring of bilingual, bicultural counselors/social workers in Social Services, the Courts, Mental Health, schools and other agencies in the Northern Virginia jurisdictions, especially Fairfax, Arlington, and Alexandria. Local officials became a aware of the need for bilingual workers the coalitions’ support in public hearings to advocate for the needs of the Hispanic families, especially in the area of child protective services.
HACAN became a 501(c) organization in 1989. We developed trainings for parenting classes and were active in conferences and workshops on positive disciplining among the Hispanic community, radio presentations. HACAN has served over 900 families through our parenting classes.