Canopy Children’s Solutions (Canopy) is pleased to announce Daniel Wilson, LCSW, has been selected as the new program director to lead the Warren County Children’s Shelter (WCCS) in Vicksburg.
“Throughout my time here, I have seen first-hand the positive difference Canopy Children’s Solutions is making in the lives of children and families across our state,” said Wilson. “To be given the opportunity to lead and serve at the Warren County Children’s Shelter is an incredible blessing and a role I am both honored and humbled to take on.”
For the past several years, Wilson has served as an Organizational Development Trainer and a Care Coordinator within Canopy, roles that have helped him view the challenges children and families face from a more holistic and trauma-informed lens. As Program Director at WCCS, Wilson is responsible for ensuring the shelter maintains compliance standards as both a diagnostic and evaluation shelter for the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services (MDCPS) and an emergency assistance shelter for runaway and homeless youth. He will work extensively with the local youth courts, who refer children in unsafe situations to WCCS for refuge and assistance. Wilson will also serve as a community liaison educating the community about WCCS and working with local individuals, community leaders and organizations.
“Though I’ve only just started at WCCS, I have already caught a glimpse of the very supportive and close-knit community that exists within and surrounding the shelter,” said Wilson. “The willingness everyone has to come together to love, support and provide for children in the midst of crisis is a large part of what makes the shelter such an effective place for children to come and begin to heal.”
Wilson is a Licensed Certified Social Work (LCSW), licensed and certified foster resource parent and an ordained minister. He holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Alabama, a bachelor’s degree from Mississippi College and an associate’s degree from Holmes Community College. He is also a certified trainer in trauma-informed care, Managing Aggressive Behavior (MAB), adoption competency, and CPR/first aid.
Wilson and his wife Meagan are proud parents of four children (through adoption, birth, and foster care). In his downtime, he enjoys reading and playing various games with friends and family. When sharing his love for games, he references a quote from Dr. Bruce Perry, “Play is an incredibly powerful way to learn, grow, and heal.”
ABOUT WARREN COUNTY CHILDREN’S SHELTER: WCCS delivers around the clock emergency sheltering and diagnostic/evaluation services for abused, neglected, runaway, and homeless children and youth. WCCS is one of only two registered National Safe Place shelters in the state and provides a safe, home-like refuge for children and youth in need. Children ages birth to 17 years old receive services including medical, dental vision and psychological care; crisis intervention; individual counseling; group counseling; case management; behavior management; educational support; aftercare counseling; and non-residential counseling for runaway youth.
ABOUT CANOPY CHILDREN’S SOLUTIONS: Canopy Children’s Solutions is Mississippi’s largest and most comprehensive nonprofit provider of children’s behavioral health, educational and social service solutions. Founded in 1912, Canopy offers a full array of integrated, community-based solutions in all 82 counties as well as intensive campus-based and educational programming. For more information, please contact 800-388-6247 or visit us on the web at mycanopy.org.