We keep kids safe. We help families heal.
We do everything that we can to shine light back into the lives of children who have been impacted by the trauma of child abuse.
How does Children’s Harbor make a difference?
Established in 1996, Children’s Harbor is a nationally accredited child welfare organization that is dedicated to three very specific areas within the foster care system:
- Keeping siblings together while they are in foster care
- Strengthening families who are in crisis within our community and
- Guiding teens who have "aged out" of the foster care system alone
Everything we do and every decision that we make is filtered through the lens of whether we can have a meaningful impact in one of these three areas.
We keep children safe while their families are given the opportunity to heal. If it is no longer possible for a child to return home, WE become their family. We come alongside them – we support them – we resource them – until they can reach a place of independence and self sufficiency.
sibling groups of brothers and sisters were able to remain together
Teen moms were given the coaching and parenting skills that they need to become the best mom that they can be for their baby
Teens in foster care were provided with housing, life skills and wrap around support to guide them towards self-sufficiency and independence
"The community who built us believed that children should feel safe and family is worth fighting for..."
Sometimes it doesn't just take a village, it takes an entire community...and Children's Harbor is the embodiment of a community who rose up to create a solution for children who were hurting in their own backyards.
In 1996, local businessman, Bill Mahoney, learned that there was a foster care crisis in our community. Children who had already suffered unspeakable abuse and neglect were being separated from their siblings and placed in different foster homes due to a shortage of placement options. Unable to ignore this reality, He reached out to other community-minded individuals and together, they decided to create a solution.
Fast forward 25 years and thousands of lives have changed course because of the determination of a few.
We believe that children should feel safe.
We believe that family is worth fighting for.
We believe that cycles can be broken.
Our Success Stories
We shine a light towards hope.
Over the past 25 years, we've cared for over 1500 kids, 250 teen moms and 3800 families
A Beacon of Safety
How does Children’s Harbor make a difference? Children’s Harbor keeps together foster brothers and sisters, as well as pregnant or parenting foster teens and their babies, in a safe and loving home. Our Family Strengthening Program sends counselors into homes throughout Broward County to help prevent the removal of children from the home.