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Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families

Division of Youth Rehabilitative Services

YRS Deputy Director Biography

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Cassandra Davis became Deputy Director of the Division of Youth Rehabilitative Services on March 14, 2022, but she first began her tenure with the Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families as a volunteer in 1998.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Delaware State University in 1997 and a master’s degree in Management with a concentration in Human Resource Management from Wilmington University in 2001.

Cassandra first joined the division as a Family Service Assistant and then became a Family Service Specialist (Juvenile Probation Officer). In this role, she functioned in varied levels of the criminal justice system working with first-time offenders, level III probationers (the most intensive level of clients in the community) and at the Stevenson House Detention Center as the Kent County community probation officer. Cassandra was promoted to Family Service Supervisor for Sussex County, where she oversaw staff that managed all juvenile probationers throughout Sussex.

While with the Division of Youth Rehabilitative Services, Cassandra was influential in several committees to include Maintaining Professional Boundaries and the Cultural Diversity Committee, which she chaired. During that time, Cassandra did research that was developed into a curriculum for the Sexual Harassment training for all DSCYF staff.

She transitioned to the department’s Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health as a Family Crisis Therapist Supervisor with the Early Intervention program and supervised Family Crisis Therapists located in elementary schools throughout Kent and Sussex counties and for a duration in New Castle County.

Prior to rejoining the children’s department, she was Chief of the Bureau of Health Equity with the Delaware Division of Public Health where she oversaw Women’s Health and Minority Health.

Cassandra’s career with the public health division launched in 2018 when she was hired as the Director of Adolescent Health. In that position, she worked closely with medical vendors, school-based health centers, community partners and cohorts within Family Health Systems to serve adolescents statewide. Cassandra was an integral part in the strategic planning team to implement new School Based Health Centers where there was the greatest need. In addition, she certified new elementary School Based Health Centers and provided technical support to districts inquiring to implement centers and hubs aligned with the strategic plan. Cassandra also was instrumental in the application process for epidemiologist internships fostered through the CDC via the Harvard program with School Based Health Centers.