Terry Smith

Terry Smith received his undergraduate degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in sociology and his masters’s degree in public administration from the University of Oklahoma. His entire career has been dedicated to helping Oklahoma youth and their families have a positive and productive future. His primary focus has been in the area of juvenile justice working for the Department of Human Services and the Office of Juvenile Affairs. Smith has served as a social worker, supervisor, division administrator, and deputy director. He is married to Lisa Smith who has also spent her entire career as a child advocate. Together, they have three children.

Hall of Fame Inductee

Terry Smith
was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in

Recent Publications


Throwaway Kids: Reforming Oklahoma's Juvenile Justice System

Steven A. Novick filed a class action lawsuit in 1978 against Lloyd Rader, the head of Oklahoma's welfare agency. The lawsuit alleged horrific and unspeakable treatment of juveniles at six state institutions, including coerced sex acts and rape. The inhumane treatment of children had been ignored by Oklahoma's leaders for years.