||Virginia Home for Boys and Girls’ mission is to help youth across Virginia with emotional and behavioral health concerns by facilitating the healing process using a relationship-based, cognitive-behavioral approach.
Since 1846, when we were founded as the Richmond Male Orphan Society, VHBG has provided enduring care, stability, and support to generations of Virginia’s children who have experienced neglect, haven’t had their basic needs met, and/or have needed loving, caring adults in their lives. While we began as an orphanage, we are now a comprehensive child and family services organization.
We offer three core program areas: 1) group care services for youth ages 11-17 and an independent living arrangement for youth ages 17-21; 2) specialized K-12 education in our John G. Wood School; and 3) therapeutic resources.
Nestled in a park-like setting, our 30+ acre campus includes a fellowship hall and recreational facilities (a gymnasium, playing fields, outdoor swimming pool, an indoor recreation room with weight equipment and game tables).
Because most of the children we serve have faced some sort of trauma in their young lives, they often have social, emotional, behavioral, and academic barriers to success.
At VHBG, we use an effective, trauma-informed approach. We choose to use highly successful, evident-based practices that are grounded in relationships, teach youth in compassionate, individualized settings and have been proven to have better long-term results.
We believe adolescents belong in nurturing environments and life-long relationships that have a strong commitment to teaching skills that help preserve, maintain, and reunify the “family” unit. We include extra support systems around direct care staff such as extensive training, on-the-job coaching, and eyes-on evaluation. These supports contribute to the longevity and professionalism of those working directly with the youth which leads to a higher quality of care and better outcomes.
We ensure that every youth in our care receives a unique experience that is tailored to meet their needs with the ultimate goal for each youth to be on their way to a successful life.