Since our inception in 1846, Virginia Home for Boys and Girls (VHBG) has helped thousands of children with emotional and behavioral health needs from across Virginia. 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 succeeding. We offer three beneficial services that incorporate the teaching of coping skills: 1) residential group home care, 2) a K-12 alternative school called the John G. Wood School, and 3) an outpatient counseling clinic. Our approach involves a family atmosphere which is important to helping children heal and restores hope to them and their families who then find the courage to thrive. VHBG is the only certified Teaching-Family Model site in the Commonwealth of Virginia and has successfully implemented this model since 1998. Nestled in a park-like setting, our 30+ acre campus includes a chapel, fellowship hall, and recreational facilities (a gymnasium, playing fields, outdoor swimming pool, an indoor recreation room with weight equipment and game tables). Whether a child lives on our campus or just spends the day time with us, VHBG looks and feels like the neighborhood you’d want to live in.
VHBG has achieved success in helping children over its 170 year history by providing a safe, supportive place for children to live, learn and heal from the trauma they may have experienced. VHBG's three programs have similar purposes and impact measurement in focusing on helping children achieve the goals they help set for the time they are at VHBG. Each child has a plan: an Individual Service Plan if they are in group care services, an Individual Education Plan if they attend JGW School and a treatment plan if they access Therapeutic Resources.Our success as an organization is measured by how well VHBG helps each child achieve the goals in his/her plan. The impact measures listed here relate to helping more children achieve the goals outlined in their plans. Layered over this is the need to raise funds to maintain these services so the last goal relates to VHBG's financial sustainability:
Group Care Services
Achievement: VHBG opened two more homes between August 2015 and February 2016, adding capacity for 16 more children.
Goal: Increase the number of children discharged according to plan to 75%.
Achievement: provided services to 142 children in FY 2015, including children residing in VHBG group homes, home-based therapy, mentoring for youth in other facilities, and therapeutic support for families from the community.
Goal: Increase mentoring services offered to the larger community, expanding VHBG’s capacity to serve more youth through this program.
John G. Wood Schools
Achievement: VHBG has conducted a successful fundraising feasibility analysis, showing the potential for additional support amongst its supporters and the Central Virginia community.
Goal: Grow VHBG’s fundraising capacity and launch a capital campaign
Founded as an orphanage in downtown Richmond in 1846, Virginia Home for Boys and Girls (VHBG) has been a longstanding provider of children and family services in Virginia. VHBG has served children who were orphaned, abused, abandoned, or neglected on its present location, a 30+ acre campus in Henrico County’s west end, since the 1950s.
VHBG is the only organization in Virginia certified in the evidence-based Teaching Family Model of Care (TFM), one of the very few models endorsed by the American Psychological Association. This teaching model is incorporated into all services we offer at VHBG, from the elementary school to our Teaching-Family Homes. We believe that, given the opportunity to live in a caring, supportive, and stable home, the children we serve will achieve their goals of transitioning to a foster family, being reunited with family members, obtaining skills they need to complete their education, or achieving long-term employment – all with the goal to become successful adults.
As the landscape of services to children and families has changed over time, VHBG has expanded its programs to meet the diverse needs of children in our community. VHBG provides a spectrum of services to children with social, emotional, and behavioral health concerns. VHBG now offers programs for children through: 1) our Group Homes that provide group care using the Family Teaching Model, 2) our Alternative School (John G. Wood) provides alternative education by offering elementary, middle, and high school courses, self-contained classrooms, and extended school year during the summer, and 3) our Outpatient Clinic provides therapeutic resources such as outpatient counseling, intensive in-home counseling, home-based counseling, mentoring, and psychiatric care.
But too often, children endure tragic and traumatic circumstances within their home and families that can impact their ability to develop and thrive. In Virginia, a child is abused or neglected every 75 minutes. The immediate impact of abuse or neglect on a child is tragic, but so, too, are the long-term consequences that affect not only the child, but also their family and their community. At Virginia Home for Boys and Girls, these children are embraced by a healing community where they can experience life in a nurturing family environment, learn in a supportive classroom, make important connections with supportive role models, and develop life skills that will give them confidence to believe in their future.
More stories about the children and families we serve are available on our website: www.vhbg.org.
The Teaching Family Association (TFA) states “What is learned in one agency can be shared with other agencies within the Association and incorporated into the standards of quality assurance processes,” with transparency, developing and sharing community knowledge, and collaborating towards a common goal clearly prioritized. We collaborate with the TFA and other TFA-accredited providers to determine best practices, share insights, and continually improve services.
We also have established relationships with CarMax, Costco, Banana Republic, Southern States, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Sun Trust, Goodwill, Altria, Richmond BMW, Chubb and others for volunteer and educational opportunities as well as in-kind donations.
When it is necessary to remove a child from their home, studies show children need a strong family environment and lasting adult relationships in order to succeed. In 2012, 6,116 children in Virginia were found to be victims of abuse and/or neglect (VA DSS, 2012 Child Protective Services Report). When a child is found in this situation, there is a great need to provide a place where the child can heal and grow. Studies show that adverse childhood experiences like abuse, neglect, family substance abuse, and family violence during childhood lead to emotional challenges for children and young adults, including depression, anxiety disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder (Gratz, 2003 via VA Comm. on Youth, Evidence Based Practices for Children with Mental Health Treatment Needs, 2013). VHBG has a long-standing proven impact with youth who need a longer-term home in our Group Care Services Program.
the 1970’s, VHBG’s leaders recognized that for some children, a specialized
school would be very beneficial, and John G. Wood School (JGW) opened. Today,
JGW serves as an alternative school, helping children with complex emotional,
behavioral, and academic challenges. JGW is a fully accredited private day
school for students in grades K-12 and is licensed to serve up to 61 students each
year. The school’s programs align with the Teaching-Family
Model, Trauma-Informed Care, Aggression Replacement Training, and Cognitive
Behavioral Therapy. JGW’s small classrooms provide a 5:1 or 8:1
student-to-staff ratio – depending on the age and level of need – with
additional support from behavioral specialists and a full-time therapist.
Students participate in a full academic curriculum to meet Virginia Standards of Learning and graduation requirements. In addition, a school-wide behavioral program incorporates group counseling, leadership training, and an incentive system to monitor student’s progress and support their social and emotional growth. At JGW, we have many ways to teach our kids these essential skills:
1) Mandatory life skills class, which focuses on character development and improving interpersonal skills
2) Elective Career Technical Education Course (CTE) with Vocational Educational Program Preparation (VEPP)
3) Weekly support from a licensed therapist
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