Since 1846, Virginia Home for Boys and Girls (VHBG) has been dedicated to responding to the unique and ever-changing needs of children and families in crisis. VHBG has continued to grow and evolve over the years as the needs of our community changed. When the practice of placing children in orphanages declined and the foster care and adoption systems grew, many children who had experienced trauma, abuse, neglect, or some other sort of crisis were left needing more options. VHBG filled this need by providing group homes for youth who needed time to transition to their next best level of care. In 2018, VHBG opened existing townhouses on campus to youth who were aging out of the foster care system and wanted to learn how to live independently. This Independent Living Arrangement is a transitional housing option which leads to the creation of Pride Place at VHBG. This new program similarly serves young adults who identify as LGBTQ who are finding themselves facing homelessness or housing instability and need help while they transition to a new home. Even in our specialized education program (John G. Wood School) students are working toward transitioning back to public school if possible. The concept of ‘transition’ in our environment implies a temporary, gradual, and deliberate teaching process of moving forward towards permanency.
For more information, contact Christopher Campbell, Program Development and Admissions Manager, at 804-270-6566 ext. 1350.