About Us

The Barry Robinson Center (BRC) was established over 80 years ago as The James Barry Robinson Home For Boys, an orphanage and school built under the terms of a charitable trust left by Norfolk businessman Frederick J. Robinson. Changes in the needs of the community led to the evolution of a residential treatment center serving emotionally disturbed boys.

More recently, the Center has expanded its residential services to include treatment for girls, as well as offering community-based services for children of all ages.

The Barry Robinson Center combines modern residential facilities with several of the original colonial-style buildings dating from 1933. This combination makes it one of the most beautiful and unique residential treatment centers in the region. The sprawling 32-acre wooded campus, conveniently located on the border of Norfolk and Virginia Beach, provides a serene setting for programs designed to help at-risk youth and their families overcome emotional and behavioral difficulties.