Mary Watkins of Child Protective Services Stationed at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo

Updated: 3/25/2014

Mary Watkins, senior child protection worker, is the Child Protective Services (CPS) employee stationed at Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo following an agreement with Erie County to better investigate allegations of abuse and neglect that originate at the hospital and improve access for staff to CPS expertise. Watkins will also help streamline and expedite the investigation process.

Watkins began her career with the Erie County Department of Social Services in 2001 as a children services preventive caseworker and later as a child protection investigator. She has investigated cases involving serious injuries, sex abuse and child fatalities for the past seven years. She has worked helping the families get through crisis situations, working with various service agencies including Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo to get the assistance needed for her families while navigating the families through the court systems. Watkins also works for Child & Family Service after-hours for cases that come into the agency outside of the normal business hours.

Watkins earned a master’s degree in school counseling and is currently working towards a master’s degree in social work at the University at Buffalo. 

Under the agreement between Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz, Erie County Commissioner of Social Services, Carol Dankert-Maurer, and Kaleida Health, Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo will provide space and equipment for Watkins as the CPS employee. She is on site Monday through Friday during normal business hours providing real-time access to CPS expertise for staff after a report has been made to the State Child Abuse Hotline and a case number has been issued.

Additional information available: http://www.kaleidahealth.org/kyi/news/?i=4576