Meet Dr. Deb Shropshire, the newly named Director of Child Welfare for the Department of Human Services.
Dr. Shropshire is a pediatrician with OU Children’s Physicians in Oklahoma City.
She has held many roles at DHS, including medical director for Child Welfare Services and Deputy Director of Child Welfare Community Partnerships.
She is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. From 2001 to 2015, she was also medical director at the former Pauline E. Mayer Children’s Shelter and helped develop the Fostering Hope Clinic for children in foster care, reviewed individual cases with child welfare caseworkers, helped develop policy and caseworker training, and served on the Special Review Committee on child abuse and neglect deaths.
Shropshire is the recipient of multiple local and national awards, including the 2014 National Ray Helfer Award for Child Abuse Prevention from the National Alliance on Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds and the 2007 Commissioner’s Award for Outstanding Service in the Field of Child Abuse and Neglect from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Children, Youth and Families.