Twin Oaks Juvenile Development Inc. has been providing quality services to
Florida’s youth and their families since 1998. Although it has been just four
years, the owners have put together a corporate leadership team of experts with
a combined experience of over 150 years working with troubled youth. The members
of this unique leadership team have proven to be some of the most successful
leaders in the following Juvenile Justice areas: Day Treatment Programming, Low,
Moderate and High Risk Residential Programming for male and female offenders,
Independent Living (which received a national award in 2002), Aftercare
Services, Forensics, Vocational Certifications for youth, Competency
Restoration, Multi-Systemic Therapy, and Case Management. The Twin Oaks
leadership team works, meets and plans together to provide the highest quality
of service possible to those we serve. In a world filled with mediocrity, we
strive for excellence on a daily basis. Currently we operate four separate and
very unique programs for youth and their families.
Twin Oaks Juvenile Development Inc.
Our first program, Liberty Wilderness Crossroads Camp opened in September
1998. Liberty Wilderness Crossroads Camp is a moderate risk residential
commitment program. In partnership with the Department of Juvenile Justice, we
provide a continuum of habilitative services, in a wilderness setting to 40 male
juvenile offenders between the ages of 13 and 19 that have been assessed as a
moderate risk to public safety. LWCC is located in the center of the
560,000-acre Apalachicola National Forest. The camp is without fences, is staff
secure and provides the youth with counseling, therapy, computer assisted
educational classes geared toward achieving Carnegie credits or High School
Diploma’s. Vocational training, work projects, and spiritual health are also key
components. Ultimately, youth can earn their High School Diploma, learn a
vocational trade, complete all of their community service hours and pay off
court ordered restitution. Youth also receive counseling in a variety of
subjects such as mental health, substance abuse and life skills. This program
also operates an intensive 10 slot Continuous Care program to help youth
re-integrate successfully into their home communities. In 2002, the State of
Florida’s Program Accountability Measures report evaluated Liberty Wilderness
Crossroads Camp as Florida’s most effective and successful Moderate Risk
Juvenile Residential Program for male youth.
Apalachicola Forest Youth Camp was opened in January 2002. AFYC is located near our moderate risk residential program in the middle of the Apalachicola Forest. We have partnered with the Department of Children and Families to provide a Competency Restoration Residential Commitment Program for youth who have been charged with delinquent acts or violations of the law, and have been assessed as “incompetent to proceed with trial” due to a mental illness or mental retardation. The program is a secured facility and provides an intensive array of courses, counseling, and therapies to increase competencies and enable the clients to become knowledgeable about the judicial process and be able to use this information in a meaningful way to make decisions concerning their cases. This program serves both male and female youth from 8 to 18 years of age. The goal is to determine which youth may be restored to competency and assist them into reaching this goal as soon as possible. AFYC is the only residential competency restoration program in the State of Florida.
The Wilderness Quest program is an intensive short-term therapeutic wilderness experience for at risk youth between the ages of 10 and 14. The mission is to partner with local school districts to reduce behavior problems and student dropouts, while increasing and improving student performance by providing an intensive short-term wilderness challenge for identified youth who are struggling in school. This program was also designed as an alternative to school suspensions and for parents who are having serious concerns about their child’s behavior in or out of school. Typically these youth have not had contact with the court system, however have been identified as a high risk of becoming delinquent. Improving behavior, attitudes and academic performance is accomplished by providing an intensive therapeutic environment in a wilderness setting by trained and qualified professionals for a period of one or two week wilderness quests. After a referral has been made and prior to the quest, our staff will meet with identified school officials and or parents to assess and identify each candidate’s individual issues and deficiencies. With intensive counseling and wilderness challenges specifically targeted to help each youth identify their strengths and weaknesses, each youth will complete the quest with a signed and dated performance contract including short and long term goals. The Wilderness Quest Program settings include a remote 10-acre island, a dude ranch with horses, a wilderness camp with a 5-bedroom lodge including an 88-acre private lake, and a wilderness camp with a 55’ Alpine Tower. Each quest can be modified to meet the needs of each group, which is generally 8 to 10 youth. The staff are carefully selected and screened as positive role models. Each staff are professionally trained and certified in areas such as: First Aid and CPR, Life Guarding, Counseling, Ropes Courses and Wilderness Survival. In addition, for special needs groups, licensed therapist, mental health and substance abuse professionals are available to provide specialized counseling.