Adoption & Foster Care - Speaker INFo

During this workshop, we will hear from Mia Hernandez, Niki Ashiru, Heather Locy, and Laura Galt on how to be involved in caring for children who need homes.

Mia Hernandez has worked with Bethany Christian Services for the past four years, serving in various roles. She now serve as an Expectant Parent Counselor and child Social Worker for children who are in the foster care system and are placed in their adoptive homes. Adoption is near and dear to my heart because I grew up in the foster care system until I was adopted at the age of nine. It is an honor to work with expectant parents, adoptive families, and adoptees to assist them in their journeys. I'm continually amazed by the bittersweet, yet courageous and loving choice that adoption provides for all parties involved."

Nicole 'Niki' Ashiru is a special education teacher with the New York City Department of Education and a passionate follower of Christ. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Biology from Franklin & Marshall College and an Master of Science in Special Education (MSED) from Nyack College. She met Christ in college through InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.  Her life passion is calling, equipping, and empowering women to be freed and healed as the beloved of God. Niki is married and lives with her husband in New York City where they are members of Trinity Grace Church. They have two children, one biologically and the other through adoption.  

When Heather Locy was young, God placed a calling on her heart to help children in need of families. This has continued to evolve over time, taking on new shapes and forms, but one thing remains constant: her deep desire to show the love of God through family. In addition to adopting twice, Heather and her husband participated as a host Safe Family while living in Atlanta. For two years they were able to provide temporary care to children and families in crisis. She is also part of a team that is working to bring Safe Families to NYC. She has been involved in starting adoption/fostering ministries and enjoys supporting and caring for families as they enter into adoption and fostering.  Heather, her husband, and four children now live in Park Slope, Brooklyn. When she isn’t busy with her family or helping her husband run their design firm, you will likely find her reading or enjoying the quiet of Prospect Park.

Laura Galt is from a small town in Mississippi and always dreamed of moving to NYC. She met her husband Jamison after college in Austin, TX, where she was working as a campus ministry intern with Reformed University Fellowship. The newlyweds moved to St. Louis a year later to begin seminary degrees at Covenant Theological Seminary. Laura graduated with a M.A. in Theological Studies. Laura has lived in Brooklyn for 9 years and is the busy mom of four kids. Her twins are 11 years old and her 8 and 6 year old children are siblings adopted from Ethiopia. She is co-leading a launch team to bring Safe Families for Children to New York. Laura is passionate about serving the vulnerable and needy in our city. She is currently the Director of Children's Ministry at Resurrection Clinton Hill.