Lydia Smith
Director of Operations

Lydia’s interest in foster care began when she was 15 years old and her parents became foster parents.  She was able to see her family providing a safe and loving home for children, which influenced her decision to foster/adopt someday.

Lydia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Christian Heritage College and completed graduate studies in Counseling Psychology from California Baptist University. As a result, she worked as a Counselor and Social Worker, which furthered her desire toward helping children. After working for 10 years in direct service, she returned to school and earned a Master’s degree in Business Management from the University of Redlands.

In September 2008, Lydia joined Child S.H.A.R.E. as Director of Operations, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the agency. Lydia is happily married and enjoys various activities with her husband such as trying new restaurants in the LA area.





Lauren McKinley
Director of Recruitment
Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside Counties

Lauren has had a passion for working with children for as long as she can remember. After graduating from Wheaton College, her desire to learn about how to most effectively meet the needs of children around the world led her to Fuller Seminary where she is currently finishing a Master’s Degree in Cross Cultural Studies with a specialization in Children at Risk. Lauren joined the Child S.H.A.R.E. team in September 2009 with extensive experience in partnering with church leadership and lay leaders to coordinate outreach events in their communities. This experience in working with a broad spectrum of churches stirs her to believe that the Church is a community of people that can make a great impact on the lives of the children in the foster care system. She treasures the privilege of walking alongside churches as they build flourishing foster/adoptive ministries. Lauren is married to a wonderful husband, Khalid, and together they plan to adopt in the future.


Bob Levy
Los Angeles County Recruiter

Working for Child S.H.A.R.E. has been the ongoing work that God started when Bob was a boy. At an early age, Bob found himself in the foster care system. It was painful to be without his family, but through the experience he learned a lot about when it means to be a family. While in foster care, Bob moved to 4 different homes in 2 years. Switching schools and friends was hard on him, but eventually Bob was reunited with his father. Bob didn’t really think about foster care or adoption until he himself was already the father of three, and watched a short Child S.H.A.R.E. video.

Bob says, “That’s when the light went on!” He and his wife Carlotta have been foster parents to 4 children and have adopted their daughter through the help of Child S.H.A.R.E. “We can’t imagine trying to do this without the support and community of Child S.H.A.R.E. And now there is no greater privilege and honor that I could have than being able to devote my days to finding healthy, loving homes for children who are just like me.”


Madeline Anich
Orange County Recruiter

Madeline’s passion to fight for the needs of orphans and children in foster care was sparked through her relationship with the children previously in foster care that are now in the home of her own family.  They served as a foster family for 3 years and went on to adopt two amazing children internationally with the help and support of Child S.H.A.R.E. Madeline pursued a degree in psychology with the heart to use her skills to help restore and redeem the wounded lives of adopted and children in foster care and graduated in May 2011 from California State University Long Beach with her BA. Madeline’s personal experience as well as volunteer experience with a variety of non-profit organizations and foster family agencies led her to join the Child S.H.A.R.E. team as a recruiter in the O.C. and Riverside counties in October 2011.  During her free time, Madeline loves to go hiking with friends, practice yoga,  cook, and spend time with her family.




Megan Harris
Los Angeles County Recruiter

After experiencing the foster care system through the eyes of foster girls awaiting permanent placement within the confines of a group home, Megan knew that she would never stop fighting for the well-being of children. Joining Child S.H.A.R.E. in March of 2014 provided Megan with the perfect opportunity to pour into an organization she truly believes in, and help advocate for the rights of vulnerable children. In her free time Megan enjoys being outside, reading, and spending time with friends and family!



Family Support

Amanda Turek Bell
Director of Family Support

Amanda joined the Child S.H.A.R.E. team in May 2008 after working for non-profit organizations for 5 years in the field of domestic violence prevention and intervention. She is a state certified domestic violence advocate and is regularly called on to speak on related issues. Viewing the epidemic of domestic violence and child abuse as closely linked social services, Amanda naturally transitioned into foster care advocacy when she joined Child S.H.A.R.E.

Initially as the Special Events Manager, and now the Director of Family Support, Amanda channels her exuberant energy into connecting with families in-person and over the phone, hosting monthly Resource Groups and planning annual family support events. Utilizing her Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of California at Santa Barbara, Amanda regularly contributes to the print and viral media publications at Child S.H.A.R.E.  Amanda is currently working toward her Master’s Degree in Leadership from Azusa Pacific University.

Proudly boasting of her status as a shining example of a foster child success story, Amanda states that she “won the adoption lottery” when welcomed into the Turek family. Amanda and her identical twin sister Christy were adopted as infants through Holy Family Services in Pasadena, California. Amanda is a newlywed, she and her husband Duncan, a botanist, enjoy hiking in the desert, reading and eating their favorite food, french fries.



Embér Ngur
Family Support Outreach Assistant

With a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, Embèr has always had a passion and a love for children, especially the defenseless and vulnerable children of the world. Part of what has molded Ember’s desire to champion the most vulnerable among us is growing up in a family that was a Therapeutic Foster home for over 14 years. 



Allyse Mattson
Program Assistant

Allyse attended Azusa Pacific University, where she received a Bachelors Degree in Psychology, Specializing in Family and Child. 

Having always had a heart for helping others, Allyse has been apart of many different organizations. From volunteering with preteens at her church, to working in Special Education, Allyse has always had a desire to make an impact in the lives of children. Coming to Child S.H.A.R.E. was a natural outlet for her passion to help children and their families.  
In her free time, she enjoys crafting, cooking, planning weddings, and spending time with her wonderful husband, Daniel. Together, they enjoy watching movies and spending time with family and friends.