Danielle Hawkins-Lazo Pauta joined Project Guardianship in 2019. She received her Bachelor of Arts from SUNY Binghamton with a degree in sociology.
Danielle’s career started in the field of foster care in 2006, where she worked as a case planner at Little Flower Children and Family Services of New York, and then from 2008 to 2019, she worked as a case planner at Graham Windham Services. At both agencies, she provided casework services to children, adolescents, and their biological families to achieve the goal of permanency or other alternative permanency options through adoption or through the Kinship Guardianship Assistance Program. In her work, Danielle employed evidence-based models to assist parents in demonstrating behavior change regarding the circumstances that brought their children into foster care, and she also provided direct support, advocacy, and referrals to assist and expedite family reunification. Danielle brings her passion and experience to Project Guardianship so that its elderly and disabled clients will receive the best level of care and services to meet their needs.