In 1958, Ruth Birch, frustrated that her son — who struggled with dyslexia — wasn’t getting an adequate education, began homeschooling him. In a matter of weeks, several other students with special needs, similarly underserved in public school, joined them. Over the next several decades, what Ruth Birch began at her kitchen table grew to become a behavioral health network that filled a critical need in the mid Atlantic region.

“Each student is allowed to progress at his own rate of speed, developing confidence, self-assurance, and initiative as he builds solid foundations, as he is shown what he can do, rather than what he cannot.” – Ruth Birch

It’s been 60 years since Ruth Birch felt compelled to take her son’s education into her own hands and many things have changed. However, children with complex mental health challenges or developmental disabilities still face extraordinary challenges. Grafton is using its own expertise to effectively meet that need.

As it has for the past 60 years, Grafton will look to Ruth Birch as its example of creativity, compassion, and community. Our future is focused on our core mission of serving children, adolescents, and adults with complex mental health challenges – in Virginia and anywhere else our expertise can be of best use.

Join us as we celebrate six decades of partnering with individuals, families, and communities to deliver measurable results for children, adolescents, and adults with autism, intellectual disabilities, and complex mental health challenges.  

To learn more about Grafton’s journey, watch our new video.