Cynthia Chavers & Camille Hancock
Cynthia Chavers has been a Social Worker with the State of New Mexico Protective Services Division for over 20 years. She worked in the field offering direct services to families and children for 17 of those years. She currently serves as the Federal Reporting Bureau Chief and Tribal Liaison. Ms. Chavers is considered an expert in child welfare and has specialized in family drug court, the Indian Child Welfare Act, immigration issues that impact families and children, and youth transitioning from foster care into adulthood. Additional professional activities include participation in the Child Abuse and Neglect Fatality Review; participation in local Multi-Disciplinary Teams; and establishment of the Child Advocacy Center in Valencia County, NM. She has extensive experience working as a private clinician, conducting home studies as well as group, individual, and couples counseling. Ms. Chavers is an advocate for LGBTQ youth, and is a founding board member of Casa Q, which provides safe living options and services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth and allies who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness.
Camille Hancock has worked in the field of child welfare for 22 years with a Master’s in Social Work from New Mexico State University. Her varied work experiences in the field for the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department include: direct line worker in child abuse and neglect investigations, supervisor in the areas of Investigations, Permanency Planning, In-Home Services, Placement and Adoptions and as a Manager of Placement and Adoptions for the largest county in New Mexico (Bernalillo). In her current role as the CYFD Protective Services Training Director, she is responsible for all training aspects of Protective Services staff.