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Daniel McKinnis, MSW

Daniel McKinnis graduated from California State University, Fullerton in 2010 with a Bachelors Degree majoring in Psychology/Human Services and in 2012 with a Masters Degree in Social Work.

In 2012, he joined the Orange County Social Services Agency, Department of Children and Family Services and has experience working in Dependency Intake, Dependency Investigations, and Dependency Drug Court. Daniel was a member of the original cohort to participate in Safety Organized Practice (SOP) training and one of Orange County’s first and most ardent adopters of SOP. Designated as an “SOP Champion” by Orange County Social Services, Daniel spends time mentoring other workers in SOP methods, speaks to programs within Children and Family Services about the benefits of SOP, and has been designated as the Lead SOP representative for Specialized Family Services. In addition, Daniel was chosen as the lead trainer in integrating Orange County Children and Family Services’ Dependency Intake and Investigations and trained his fellow social workers on the “vertical process.”

In 2008, Mr. McKinnis began volunteering at The Los Angeles Center for Drug and Alcohol Abuse (LA CADA), serving on Community Action Boards providing insight into the development of HIV/AIDS prevention programs and regularly facilitating drug and alcohol education, HIV/AIDS support groups, and process group for LA CADA’s inpatient drug treatment facility. In 2015, Daniel participated in the creation of LA CADA’s most recent residential program, Custody to Community Transitional Reentry Program (CCTRP), a rehabilitative program aimed at providing violent female offenders therapeutic services as they transition from prison to community. As a member of the CCTRP staff responsible for the programs creation, Mr. McKinnis was focused on providing residents with Family Reunification services aimed at reunifying mothers with their children and collaborating with community based organizations and child welfare agencies.

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