Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services, a non-profit organization, provides residential and community based services for adolescent males and females ages 11 to 17. We specialize in the treatment of trauma for children who have experienced severe neglect and abuse in their lives. Evidence based treatment is provided for boys and girls experiencing mental health issues, behavioral issues or need extra support to complete their education.

Serving children and their families since 1855, Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services has evolved into an Adolescent Psychiatric Residential Program specializing in the treatment of trauma. The intensive therapeutic treatment of challenging diagnoses is our expertise. Jackson-Feild wanted to offer our services to all children. 2012 brought a historic change to our organization when we began accepting boys into our residential program.

Board of Trustees


Mr. T. Darnley Adamson, III                          

Marketing & Development

Real Estate Broker


Vice Chair          

CDR William H. Poarch                                                         

Facilities & New Ventures

Retired commercial airline pilot 



Ms. Anne Gordon Greever                                                    

Personnel & Audit Committee

Retired, Hunton & Williams



Mr. Robert B. Wynne                                                            

Finance & Personnel Committee

Attorney, McGuire Woods 


Mrs. Cherie R. Blazer                                                             

Marketing &Development Chair 

Principal, Company B Communications


Rev. James W. Browder, III

Vicar, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

Mr. James R. Chisman

Facilities Committee

Owner, Chisman Development Corp.

Ms. Beverley Coleman                                                          

Development Committee

Retired – Commonwealth of Virginia


Ms. Patricia H. Delano                                                          

President & CEO


Dr.  Carole E. Farnham                                                          

Program Committee Chair 

Clinical Psychologist


Dr. Muriel A. Hawkins                                                           

Program Committee

Administrator Virginia State University

Ms. Anne W. Hill                                                                   

Finance Committee


The Hon. Robert G. O’Hara                                                   

Facilities Committee

Retired Judge    


Ms. Laura Y. Peery                                                                 

Program Committee

Sales Associate Steele Group



Col. Steven Riethmiller                                                         

Facilities Committee Chair

Retired Professor – VMI 


Dr. Leslie W. Rose, III                                                            

Program Committee



R. Dean Squires Development Committee

Property Manager Highwoods Properties


The Rev. Rhonda E. Wheeler

Rector, Emmanuel Episcopal Church


Donor Privacy Policy

Jackson-Feild Homes is committed to respecting the privacy of our donors. We created this Donor Privacy Policy (“Policy”) to maintain the trust and confidence of donors and prospective donors. We want to ensure our donors that their information will be respected and protected. This policy governs data collection and usage.

“Personal information” is information that identifies you personally, such as your name and contact information. We collect and store this personal information that you have provided us through one or more of your contacts with us.

Jackson-Feild does not use or disclose sensitive personal information, such as race, religion, or political affiliations, etc.

Consent:This Policy applies to collection, use and protection of information, including information collected on our website. By submitting your information to us or any of our staff, you consent to the terms and conditions of the Policy and to our processing personal information for the purposes stated below.

How your information is used:Jackson-Feild uses your data to complete and acknowledge donations and to communicate and update you on happenings on our campus. We maintain records of donations, gift acknowledgements, send newsletters, notices and solicitations and for internal fund raising purposes including responding to your inquires.

Use and Disclosure of Personal Information:

  • We will not sell, trade, or share your personal information, collected on the website or through any other activities with anyone else.
  • We will not send you mailings on behalf of other organizations.
  • We will only share your personal information if you give us specific permission to do so.
  • We will collect payment information, billing addresses and/or other information necessary to process a donation or event registration.
  • We will use your personal information to comply with the law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to conform to the requirements of law or comply with legal process served on us, protect and defend our rights or act in urgent circumstances to protect the personal safety of others.
  • We will use the personal information to protect against potential fraud. We may verify with third parties the information collected in the course of processing a gift, event registration or other donation. If you use a credit or debit card on the website, we may use card authorization and fraud screening services to verify that your card information and address matches the information that you supplied to us and that the card being used has not been reported lost or stolen. Except as described in this Policy or at the time we request the information, we do not otherwise disclose your personal information to any third parties. Further, Jackson-Feild will not sell or trade your personal information to any third parties.

Donor Recognition: We do not list individual names in any of our publications. Corporate and foundation donors may be listed in our newsletter or annual report with their permission.

No sharing of Personal Information: Jackson-Feild does not sell, rent, trade or share your personal information to any outside organization. We require third-party mailing services to treat our list as confidential information and are prohibited from transferring or utilizing this information for their own benefit. Donor information is used to further the mission and help the children served by Jackson-Feild. Best effort security measures may not prevent all intrusions and JFH is not responsible for any damages or liabilities relating to security failures.

Removing Your Name From Our Mailing List: If you would like your name to be removed from our mailing list please contact us at 804-354-6929 or email tbalsbaugh@jacksonfeild.org.

Access to Records:You have the right to review personal information that we have collected about you. To review that information please contact us in writing at 4905 Dickens Road, Suite 202, Richmond, VA 23230.

Use of Technologies:Jackson-Feild uses cookies and other technologies to keep our site reliable and secure, tailor your experience, measure site performance and present information, as described in our Privacy Policy updated March 19, 2020.

Changes in the Privacy Policy: We reserve the right to change this Policy from time to time. When we do we note the latest update on our website.

Opt-Out/Deletion Contact: If you wish to have your data deleted, opt-out of receiving future communications or any other privacy right you may by law, please contact Jackson-Feild Homes at the below contact person and their contact information.

Jackson-Feild Homes

Attention:  Tod Balsbaugh, VP or Advancement

546 Walnut Grove Drive

Jarratt, Virginia 23867



All deletion and opt-out requests will be honored and will be processed as soon as possible upon receipt. Should you have any questions about this issue please contact Tod Balsbaugh whose contact information is listed above.


The mission of Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services is to provide high quality evidence-based psychiatric, residential, educational and recovery treatment services for children who suffer from severe emotional trauma, mental illness and/or addiction.  Our goal is to restore wellness and provide support for successful reintegration into homes, families and communities.

Our History

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Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services roots started in 1855 with the mission of Reverend William Jackson, Rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Norfolk, Virginia. The mission was to help, house and nurture orphans who had lost their parents to the epidemic of yellow fever. Over the decades the needs of children have changed and Jackson-Feild has evolved from an orphanage to work with the current needs of boys and girls who need to heal from severe trauma and abuse in their young lives.

In July 1920 the Rev. Norman F. Marshall started a movement in Purdy, Virginia to found a home for children.  This was an outgrowth of the nationwide Campaign of the Protestant Episcopal Church of America.  Mr. Marshall was the rector of Meherrin Parish and a grandson of Supreme Court Justice John Marshall.

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The Episcopal Home for Girls was established in July 1920 in the rectory of Grace Church in Emporia.  Walnut Grove, the present location of Jackson-Feild Homes, was a portion of the vast holdings accumulated by the Harrisons of Berkeley which included 20,000 acres including 2,200 south of the Nottoway River which included Walnut Grove.  The original plat of land was acquired in 1705 by Benjamin Harrison.  Eventually this land passed on to Benjamin Harrison, V, Governor of Virginia who signed the Declaration of Independence.  After several land transfers through the years, the land became the property of George W. Feild who, after the renovation of the building by Reverend Marshall in 1923,  donated Walnut Grove to Jackson-Feild Homes in 1925.  

The Orphanage Era

In 1925 the Episcopal Home for Girls merged with the Jackson Orphan Asylum to become Jackson-Feild Episcopal Home for Girls. There was only one building, historic Walnut Grove, built in 1825. The home grew over the years but served mainly orphaned girls and girls who needed a home and would remain in care for years. 

Changing Times and Changing Needs

The need to serve orphaned children declined in the 1960’s due to social programs being put in place to have children live with families versus orphanages. Therefore, the mission of Jackson-Feild changed in 1970 to serve children with more challenging issues. The children had one or both parents but suffered from abuse and/or neglect. The programs and services have evolved to meet these changing needs. The children now needed a place of refuge but also required mental health services, treatment for destructive behaviors and academic support. 

Our legacy lies in our deep-rooted mission and our willingness to embrace the special needs of each ensuing generation. Services expanded in 1988 with the addition of Eleventh House, and again in 1994 with our private accredited school, Gwaltney School. Gwaltney School educates children who previously have not been successful in traditional classroom settings. In 2012, to meet the growing needs of children in need of care, Jackson-Feild began accepting boys in our Adolescent Psychiatric Program.  The programs and services continue to evolve, however, Jackson-Feild has remained steadfast in providing a home and supportive services for boys and girls.

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Licensing & Accreditations

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services programs
are licensed by:

  • The Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
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Jackson-Feild’s Gwaltney School:

  • Licensed by The Virginia Department of Education
  • Accredited by The Virginia Association of Independent Specialized Education Facilities
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Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services:

  • Accredited by The Council on Accreditation
  • An Accredited Charity of the Better Business Bureau
  • Member of The National Association for Children’s Behavioral Health
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We are now a Tricare Certified Facility!

Jackson-Feild has been working with children & families since 1855. Our evolution from the original orphanage, to assisting youth needing services today, has changed dramatically.