The James Barry-Robinson Institute (JBRI) has a mission to help children and their families in Norfolk and the Hampton Roads region.

Since 1933, we have fulfilled that mission, adapting along the way to the changing needs of our community.

Today, we provide services for children, teens, young adults and their families through four program areas:

Residential Treatment, Outpatient Services, Treatment Foster Care and Next Step To Success.

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Outpatient Services

JBRI Outpatient Services provides Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) for teens and young adults ages 13-24 who are dealing with substance use disorder and co-occurring mental health challenges.

We meet every individual with personalized treatment, focusing on the current “here and now situations” to provide solution focused outcomes.

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Treatment Foster Care Services

JBRI is a nonprofit foster care agency, serving Hampton Roads, Virginia.

We recruit, train and support foster parents who provide positive homes for youth with behavioral and emotional challenges.

Our foster parents have compassion and patience, and have a desire to make a positive difference in a child’s life. They are an integral part of our professional team, who provide care and stability to these vulnerable children and teens.

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The Barry Robinson Center

The Barry Robinson Center is a premier non-profit behavioral health system with a residential treatment program for youth from military-connected families.

Our staff are experts on the impact of military life on the mental health of youth and their families. The Center provides a holistic environment that sets youth and their families on the path to healing.

Our strong reputation draws military families from across the country to access care at The Barry Robinson Center.

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Next Step To Success

Next Step To Success, a separate 501(c)(3), offers a program for Norfolk, Virginia, youth ages 13-16, providing academic enrichment, character education curriculum, field trips and special events. Its mission is to help youth build the independent, resilient character they will need to earn success and enjoy happy, fulfilling lives as adults.

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Our values & heritage


We believe compassionate, high-quality behavioral health care and foster care services can best be provided by being faithful to our Core Values of Respect, Justice, Compassion, Integrity, Quality and Confidentiality.

Our founder, Norfolk businessman Frederick J. Robinson, donated most of his estate to establish a school to help improve the lives of children. As a devout Catholic, he was motivated by his Christian ideals to help children flourish. His benevolence remains at our core, and over the years, our services have adapted to meet our community’s changing needs.

Our services transcend denominational distinctions, and we welcome all youth and young adults in need of services, regardless of religion.

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