Upcoming Event: Policy & Practice lecture addresses child welfare reform on December 10

deborahsmith_sm7212010On December 10, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) will host Deborah G. Smith of OKDHS’s Child Welfare Services for her lecture “Child Welfare Services: Pinnacle Plan Implementation” as part of its Policy & Practice lecture series. The Pinnacle Plan is Oklahoma’s court-mandated effort to fix its child welfare system; we’ve written about the plan and the preliminary report on its implementation. Ms. Smith’s lecture will address key performance areas in improving child safety, as well as the Pinnacle Plan’s challenges and successes. 

Deborah G. Smith M.S.W. has worked in child welfare services since 1998 and has served as the Director of OKDHS Child Welfare Services for three years.  Smith’s experience includes direct practice in both rural and urban Oklahoma. She has expertise in a wide range of areas, and also helped develop and lead the implementation of Oklahoma’s Child Welfare Practice Model.  

The free public lecture will be from noon to 1pm at the Oklahoma History Center’s Chesapeake Room (800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr., Oklahoma City, OK 73105). For more information, contact the OKDHS Office of Planning, Research and Statistics at 405-521-3552. View the complete lecture series lineup here


Carly Putnam joined OK Policy in 2013. As Policy Director, she supervises policy research and strategy. She previously worked as an OK Policy intern, and she was OK Policy's health care policy analyst through July 2020. She graduated from the University of Tulsa in 2013. As a student, she was a participant in the National Education for Women (N.E.W.) Leadership Institute and interned with Planned Parenthood. Carly is a graduate of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits Nonprofit Management Certification; the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council’s Partners in Policymaking; The Mine, a social entrepreneurship fellowship in Tulsa; and Leadership Tulsa Class 62. She currently serves on the boards of Restore Hope Ministries and The Arc of Oklahoma. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and doing battle with her hundred year-old house.

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