Deenen Dryden
Associate Commissioner, Child Protective Services

Deneen Dryden was appointed Associate Commissioner for CPS in May 2020. Dryden previously served as the director of Prevention and Protective Services for the Kansas Department for Children and Families, where she oversaw the state’s child and adult welfare system.

Dryden has always had a passion for foster care and adoption. Throughout many years as a foster and adoptive parent, she and her family have embraced open adoptions. Dryden and her family continue to advocate and network for involvement in the foster care system by sharing their personal experiences at speaking engagements and seminars.

Dryden received her bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University and her master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Friends University in Wichita. She is a licensed clinical marriage and family therapist and a certified national peer specialist. She has 20 years of experience leading a residential facility and helping individuals cope with and overcoming crises, trauma, and difficult life situations.