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The Barry Robinson Center


Mission Statement

The mission of The Barry Robinson Center (BRC) is to improve the lives of children. We believe that the creation and maintenance of a consistent, supportive, nurturing environment is essential to the healthy growth of children. Our programs are designed to help children in need build self-confidence, enhance their self-image, strengthen their skills, and restore their capacity for rewarding human relationships. At each level of care, multidisciplinary treatment modalities are offered which share the collective responsibility for conveying social values, academic knowledge and age appropriate behavioral expectations to our clients.


BRC was founded in 1933 as The James Barry Robinson Home for Boys, an orphanage built under the terms of a charitable trust left by Norfolk businessman Frederick J. Robinson. The decline in the number of orphans coupled with the development of the foster care system led to the evolution of a residential treatment center serving emotionally disturbed boys. In 1986, BRC entered into a joint venture with Children's Hospital of The Kings Daughters and became a licensed residential treatment center serving emotionally disturbed boys and girls, ages 6-17.


  • Residential Treatment Program for Emotionally Disturbed Children & Adolescents
  • Residential Program for Developmentally Delayed Adolescents
  • Day Treatment
  • Therapeutic Foster Care
  • Respite Care
  • Independent Living
  • In-Home Services
  • Outpatient Counseling/Psychological Testing
  • Prevention


The Barry Robinson Center
443 Kempsville Road, Norfolk, VA 23502
Admissions: 1-800-221-1995/ 1-757-455-6100 - Admission Fax: 1-757-455-8508

The Barry Robinson Center agrees that no child shall be discriminated against because of race, color, sex, age, handicap or national origin.
Any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against in any USDA related activity should write to:
The Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, DC 20250.
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from
discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write:
USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410
or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

John O. Koonce Class of 1968