Our Admissions Process

Children are referred by such sources as hospital discharge planners, physicians, Community Service Boards and families of current residents. Families also can refer themselves to St. Mary’s. Parents or guardians must live in Virginia while their child resides at St. Mary’s.

Our admissions process requires a completed admission application and transmittal of the child’s medical and educational records. We understand it is difficult to place a child in a residential care facility, and we strongly encourage families to contact our social workers to take a pre-admission visit to tour St. Mary’s and meet our staff.

An admissions committee screens each application to ensure the appropriateness of placement. Our staff will assist parents or guardians with the application requirements, and we may be able to expedite the process in emergency situations.

Sometimes, a family emergency, vacation or other event creates a temporary need for residential care. St. Mary’s offers a respite program for children who need short-term placement for as few as 30 days.

For More Information

For more information or to schedule a tour, contact:

Christine Parker, MSW
Director of Social Work
(757) 622-2208 ext. 321
cparker@smhdc.org