Board of Directors
SILVIA SMITH-TORRES Executive Director
BERNARD PROBST, Esq.
J. BRIAN TUFFIN
REV. LINDA FREEMAN
NANCY ROBERTS, RN Secretary
OMAR ARCIA, Esq.
DR. RAMON A. PEREZ-ROSICH
Silvia Smith-Torres, Executive Director
Silvia Smith-Torres became Executive Director of His House Children’s Home on March 17, 2014. Prior to the appointment, she had been a long-time friend of the agency.
Silvia came to His House with more than 25 years of experience in the child-welfare system, recently as Executive Director of CHILDNET, INC., located in nearby Broward County. She has been recognized for the work she has done to improve the lives of children locally, state-wide and nationally.
She is a kind-hearted, compassionate ambassador for children in foster care. In her own words, “My mission is to restore the life of every child that has been placed in my life. At His House, the Lord has given me this special assignment.”
With a proven ability to lead agencies through program improvement and organizational quality, Silvia’s proactive, visionary leadership has helped her build crucial relationships with both the stakeholders and communities of the organizations where she has served.
Silvia is the mother of 6, has fostered 15 children, adopted 4 and is a proud grandmother of 6 little ones.
About Our Founder
Jean Caceres-Gonzalez, Founder of His House Children’s Home
His House Children’s Home founder, Jean Caceres-Gonzalez graduated from Oral Roberts University and began a successful career at a foreign language publishing company.
With experience in short-term missions in Mexico and the Amazon in Brazil, Jean soon felt called to open a home for needy children in the Miami area. In June of 1989, she took a leap of faith and left her position to establish His House Children’s Home, a Christian non-profit residential program and child placement agency for abused, neglected and drug-exposed children.
During Jean’s 25 years of leadership, His House provided hope, love and a safe place to call home to more than 10,000 children in South Florida. The agency grew to 14 residential cottages with a staff of over 200 employees.
Always the proponent of following best practices in service delivery, Jean led the organization’s rigorous process to gain accreditation from the Council on Accreditation (COA) and received that important recognition in 2007.
In 2008, in partnership with the Federal Office of Refugee Resettlement, His House International was established to care for Unaccompanied Alien Children under the age of 18 who left their native countries in hopes of starting a new life in the U.S. This program includes residential care, education and culturally-appropriate activities.
After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the agency played a significant role in providing temporary care and expedited adoptions for over 500 orphans and their pre-adoptive families.
As founder and leader of His House, Jean made frequent appearances in churches, civic groups and on local and national media, serving as a voice for children who desperately need someone to speak for them.
“Mami Jean,” as she was known to the children she cared for, reflected on her 25 years at His House in these words:
“As I studied marketing in college or went on a mission trip to the rainforest in Brazil or even as I cared for that first child in my parents’ home, I never could have foreseen what God was planning to do in my life
“Along the way, He led and prepared me step by step – revealing His plan as I was able to understand it. He brought just the right people into my life at just the right time … some just for a season, some for the long haul.
“He called me to begin His House Children’s Home and permitted me to serve as its leader for 25 years. The ministry reflected His vision for His kids – and I was so blessed and thrilled to be a part of it every day.”
In 2015, Jean transitioned to a new role with her alma mater, Oral Roberts University. Serving as Regional Development Director for the East Coast and the Caribbean, she is “helping raise up a new generation of leaders.”
Jean is the wife of Mario, and mother of Jordan, Julianne and James.