Braley and Thompson Provides Programs to Support Foster Children and Foster Families

Braley & Thompson

Lynchburg, VA - Foster Care

Also serving Virginia Statewide

Foster Care, Support for Foster Families – 115 Hexham Drive

Braley & Thompson

115 Hexham Drive

Lynchburg, VA 24502

(434) 338-6820

(434) 338-6820

What We Do

Braley and Thompson has helped the children of Virginia for over 33 years by offering supportive homes through treatment foster care. Over the years we have added more services to meet the array of emotional and physical needs of individuals of all ages. Our comprehensive community services offer support through outpatient therapy, mental health services, therapeutic mentoring and many other means.

Braley and Thompson is an element of ResCare Youth and Children Services. ResCare is a human services company devoted to helping people in every walk of life attain their greatest level of independence.  Call Braley & Thompson at (434) 338-6820 today for more information!

Treatment foster care provides a safe and stable environment for young people in foster care to manage the social, emotional and educational challenges resulting from the complex trauma of abuse, neglect and dysfunctional home lives. Treatment foster care creates the structured setting necessary for growth and development and helps to overcome developmental delays. Foster families collaborate with a team of professionals to develop unique approaches to the individualized needs of each child and to build healthy family relationships. Braley and Thompson can help foster parents in their effort to give care and support to children with emotional and behavioral issues as they grow into mature, well-functioning adults. To learn more, call us at (434) 338-6820 now. Braley & Thompson: Excellence in community-based services!

Service Area

Virginia Statewide

Our Commitment

We are dedicated and caring people who form a company providing excellent human services that enhance the lives of individuals.


  • Foster Care Agency
  • Becoming a Foster Parent
  • Medical Coverage for the Child
  • Upfront Visitation to Find a Good Match
  • Financial Reimbursement

What Type of Support Would I Receive?

Braley & Thompson offers a treatment team approach with the child, the foster family and, in many instances, the child’s biological family participating as members of a team. Braley & Thompson will give the treatment foster parents intensive education and significant emotional support to help you enhance the emotional growth of the child. There is a Braley & Thompson case manager available to help with emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The foster parents will be trained in effective strategies for managing difficult behaviors the child may display. In addition to the pre-service training, foster parents are given ongoing training. An individually assigned case manager will make regular home visits and provide both the child and foster family with guidance and support. Our outpatient office provides individual and family counseling as well as mentoring and mental health services.

How Do I Know If a Child Is Right For Me?

We share with the prospective foster parents all the information we have regarding a child. It is our goal that the foster family will make a well-informed decision whether to place a child in their home. In addition, our expert staff match the child’s needs with the foster parents' strengths. Oftentimes prospective foster parents have trial visits with the child. These visits give both the child and foster family a chance to see if the placement is a good fit.

Are Foster Parents Reimbursed?

Foster parents receive financial reimbursement. This compensation is based on the age of the child and the expected level of supervision that will be needed to meet the needs of that particular child. Payments received by the foster parents are a reimbursement for giving the child room, board, clothing, school supplies, transportation and recreation. Reimbursement funds are tax exempt. All medical, dental, and vision care costs are covered by state insurance.

What is Braley and Thompson?

We have been providing treatment foster care services to children for 33 years. In the past three decades we have developed a highly effective program that is very responsive to the needs of both the children in our care and the foster families that open their homes to these children. We are licensed by the Virginia Department of Social Services as a child placing agency and have nine offices throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Braley and Thompson offers the guidance and support that the children in our care so desperately need. Through one or all of our programs, Braley & Thompson treats children, adolescents and adults for behavior and esteem problems that have resulted from traumatic experiences earlier in their lives.

What is Treatment Foster Care?

Treatment foster care is the provision of a safe and stable environment as well as treatment for youth through the use of family homes that are supervised by our expert staff. We help the youth in managing social, emotional and educational challenges associated with the complex trauma  of abuse, neglect and a dysfunctional home life. Our foster families collaborate with our team of professionals to develop unique responses to the individualized needs of each child and to help them in building healthy and rewarding family relationships. Braley & Thompson, through the skills of our treatment team, assists the family as they provide care and support to the child while he or she grows into a mature, well-functioning and productive adult.

What Type of Children Would I Be Helping and Where Do They Come From?

You will assist children of all ages who experience emotional, social and behavioral issues. The challenges vary by child, depending upon his or her age, history and the structure of your home. The children you bring into your home will need the love, guidance, support and assurance of a stable and nurturing home. Due to their early trauma, these children will test the limits and may even attempt to be rejected by you and others. This is because they see the world through the lens of past sexual, emotional and physical abuse. The treatment team, working with the foster family, will create a treatment plan that will address the manner in which the child’s problems will be addressed. Most of the children in our program have been referred to us by the Virginia Department of Social Services.

What Are the Qualifications Needed to Become a Foster Parent?

Foster parents must be no younger than 21 years of age. They must have sufficient space in their home to give appropriate sleeping arrangements for the child. Foster homes must already have sufficient household income before incorporating the child into their home. Prospective foster parents must have a motor vehicle available and must hold a valid Virginia driver’s license. Foster parents also must have a desire to aid a child in need in their home.

What if I Only Have Time on Weekends or Certain Days of the Week?

We always look for respite homes for children to go to, to give their foster parents a break for the weekend. Respite homes offer children stable and ongoing relationships with adults other than the foster parents and also give a prospective foster parent a great way to “ease into” becoming the role.

What Is the Process of Becoming a Foster Parent?

All foster parents must pass background checks including ones by the state police and child protective services. Their driving records credit histories also will be checked. All foster parents must submit our application form, with three references, and help our staff to complete an extensive home study report. Prospective foster families also must complete a pre-service training program. The program addresses many of the areas required to become an effective foster parent. All of this may seem a bit overwhelming, but we believe that it is necessary for us to select the very best families to be foster homes for the children in our care.

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Services of Interest

Professional Associations, Awards and Certifications

  • State-Licensed Child Placing Agency


  • Statewide Foster Care Agency
  • Treatment Team Approach to Foster Care
  • 24-Hour Professional Staff On Call
  • More than 33 Years of Foster Care Experience
  • Ongoing Training

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Hours of Operation
Monday 8:00AM - 5:00PM EST
Tuesday 8:00AM - 5:00PM EST
Wednesday 8:00AM - 5:00PM EST
Thursday 8:00AM - 5:00PM EST
Friday 8:00AM - 5:00PM EST
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed


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Effective May 1, 2012