A little bit of history...

HACAN Hispanics Against Child Abuse & Neglect is a nonprofit educational and advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening Hispanic / Latino families in Northern Virginia through parent education and out-of-school activities that serve and support youth. Founded in 1985, HACAN fosters strong family relations and promotes child abuse awareness and prevention in the community. Today, hundreds of families in Fairfax and Arlington counties benefit from HACAN’s diverse, culturally-sensitive programs.

HACAN’s programs operate along the continuum of family need, beginning with young children, where life skills mentoring provides a positive role model; to teens seeking to find their voice in a productive way through advocacy; to their parents who are seeking to support their children as they grow and confront issues that are common or specific to the culture a community in which they live.

 Mission...

Is to strengthen families, empower youth, and prevent child abuse and neglect through culturally competent education, intervention, and community advocacy.

  What are we doing...

  • Helping children become future leaders by emphasizing respect, responsibility, and kindness as our core values.

  • Providing youth with opportunities to achieve success through competent education.

  • Fostering strong family relationships through parenting education.

ABOUT US

Board of Directors...

Marissa Yzita (President)

Welcome Center Counselor, Loudoun County Public School

 

Jenny Penados (Secretary)

Analyst, Department of Homeland Security

 

John Griggs (Treasurer)

Real State Agent, Avery Hess Realtors

 

Mary E. O’Donnell   (Board Member)

Executive Director, MOD Arts

Ivette Monney (Board Member)

Housing & Real State Professional, Solutions Realty Group LLC

Roxana Martinez (Board Member)

Human Services, Department of Family Services

Rosalia Fajardo (Board Member)

Executive Director/CEO, Multicultural Family & Education Center

Yovanna Reiser (Board Member)

Business Consultant / Executive Chef

Seev Wexler (Board Member)

Chief Executive Officer, WEXLER Consulting Group

 

Allida Motta (Advisory Board Member)

Program Manager, FIVE9

Staff...

Carla Paredes, Executive Director

 

Carmen Fernandez, Former Executive Director and Founder

Amy Wollerton, Educator - Founder of Leer+

Manuel Alfaro, Youth Tutor - Art Teacher

Floridalma Chinchilla, Art & Craft Teacher

​​Call us:

1-703-725-8929

Address: 

P.O. Box 1803 Falls Church, VA 22041

The United States of America

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Financial Information

  • Combined Federal Campaign # 48304

  • United Way # 8719

  • HACAN is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization