675 County Road 21
PO Box 269
Millbrook, ON, L0A 1G0
Phone: (905) 723-4677
Contact: Marlene Niskala, Director of Residential Programs
Oakwood House is operated by Murray McKinnon Foundation, a non-profit organization, licensed and funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services. This residential custodial program provides service to youths from Peterborough and surrounding four counties, Durham Region, Lennox and Addington, Hastings and Prince Edward Counties.
The facility is a nine bed open detention/custody residence which provides short term placement for young women in conflict with the law, 12 to 17 years of age, who are awaiting a court appearance or serving their open custody disposition as ordered by the Youth Court.
Our goal is to empower young women to reach their full human potential and to enable them to successfully reintegrate and become productive members of their community. To this end, Oakwood House offers gender responsive, evidence informed programming designed to meet the unique needs of female adolescents.
Over the years the agency has forged partnerships and fostered relationships with Probation Services, local police and court systems, community partners including, the Four Counties Community Support Team, Kawartha Family Court Assessment Services and Durham Family Court Clinic.
Oakwood House uses a relationship based strengths approach in programming and interventions with youth. Youths' strengths are fostered and individuals are supported in developing their own skills, abilities, knowledge and strategies in order to enhance resiliency.
A Clinical Social Worker provides counselling and clinical support to youth and their families. The Clinician works closely with a Primary Team and a Transitional Worker to develop individual case management plans and reintegration planning for clients.
Youths residing in Oakwood House will attend school year round within an on site classroom. The Kawartha-Pine Ridge District School Board provides a qualified teacher and Murray McKinnon Foundation provides a specialized Youth Worker for the classroom.
Oakwood House employs well trained, competent, professional Youth Workers who provide consistent supervision 24 hours a day to support and protect the young person as well as the community. The Foundation fosters a climate of continuous learning to ensure staff retain a high level of professionalism and have access to current information and research in order to facilitate their work with youth.
The program will teach skills and strategies to support girls in making effective positive and enduring lifestyle choices.
We affirm, acknowledge and value the worth of all young women.