Photo Courtesy: Kids-TALK Children’s Advocacy Center

Nancy Keller MacKinnon, an adjunct who teaches social work classes for Rochester College, recently was honored as the 2017 Child Advocate of the Year by Kids TALK and the Guidance Center.

Keller MacKinnon, section manager at the Western Wayne District of Wayne County Children’s Services, has devoted her life to the safety and protection of children in Michigan.

When honoring her, the presenters said, “During her decades of public service, she has protected children from further child abuse and neglect. These are the children who, because of Nancy’s tireless work, don’t make the headlines and instead are safely tucked in their beds with their teddy bears at night.”

Keller MacKinnon served as a Children’s Protective Services’ worker
for many years, and now serves as a section manager overseeing and training other CPS staff for the Department of Health and Human Services.

“I know that this work is very tough, but completely recognize no one does this work alone,” Keller MacKinnon said. “I am part of an amazing team and the whole team deserves this award!”

Keller MacKinnon’s tireless work on behalf of children in the areas of child protection and safety, human trafficking, and initiatives to prevent child abuse were recognized at the organization’s Annual Dinner on Sept. 28.