Children’s Harbor Names New Chief Operating Officer

Rachel Pires has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer of Children’s Harbor, the nonprofit agency that provides a safe harbor and support to at risk children, youth and families, keeping brothers and sisters together while in the foster care system.

In her new position, Pires is responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations and procedures at Children’s Harbor.

Pires has more than a decade of non-profit leadership and direct care experience working with at-risk youth, adults and families. Prior to being promoted, Pires previously served as director for the True North Program at Children’s Harbor, which is a federal grant from the Department of Health & Human Services Administration for children and families, healthy marriage and relationship education grants. She has also provided leadership and supervision to the Residential Group Care Program which provides behavioral health overlay services to siblings, pregnant and teenage mothers.

“Rachel’s passion, leadership and experience established her as the stand-out candidate,” said Tiffani Dhooge, interim CEO and president of Children’s Harbor. “She has always been a strong advocate for Children’s Harbor and our mission to enhance the foster care system in Broward County.”

Pires is a licensed clinical social worker and qualified supervisor for registered clinical social work interns in the state of Florida. She has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from The City University of New York and a master’s degree in social work from New York University. She is a resident of Fort Lauderdale.

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About Children’s Harbor

Established in 1996, Children’s Harbor is a nationally accredited nonprofit agency with a mission to provide a safe harbor and support to at risk children, youth, and families-keeping brothers and sisters together, strengthening families, and rebuilding lives.

Children’s Harbor provides nurturing, family group homes for 24 siblings and seven pregnant/parenting teens in the foster care system on our beautiful 8-acre campus in Pembroke Pines. These loving homes allow   brothers and sisters and teen mothers and their babies to stay together during a turbulent time in their young lives. Children’s Harbor also helps prevent child abuse through our Family Strengthening Program. Each year, 200 families across Broward County receive in-home counseling to improve parenting and communication skills. Visit to learn more.