Sunrise Children's Services

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Sunrise Children's Services provides care and hope to hurting families and children through Christ-centered ministries. Sunrise Children's Services, Inc. is a historic 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Since 1869, this nonprofit ministry has continuously affiliated with Kentucky Baptists. Today, Sunrise provides therapeutic foster care, residential therapeutic treatment, and community-based services statewide; and its family services program is licensed by the Commonwealth of Kentucky as a Behavioral Health Services Organization (BHSO).

Sunrise Children's Services operates three therapeutic residential centers, one psychiatric residential treatment center, five foster care regions with 11 foster care offices, family services and an independent living program that helps aging-out kids. Sunrise Children's Services provides care for close to 1,000 kids and family members throughout the state of Kentucky.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Sunrise Children's Services
300 Hope Street
P.O. Box 1429
Mt. Washington, KY 40047


Phone: 502-538-1000

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 610597273

CEO/President: Dale Suttles

Chairman: Wesley Fowler

Board size: 20


Ruling year: 1980

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 08/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


We are a Christian ministry that, through God's direction and leadership, reaches out to children and families with Christ's love and compassion. We are committed to presenting a clear message of Christian values.

Mission statement

Sunrise Children's Services provides care and hope for hurting families and children through Christ-centered ministries.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Adoption/Foster Care

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating996 of 111228 of 32
Fund acquisition rating764 of 111320 of 32
Resource allocation rating738 of 111322 of 32
Asset utilization rating1047 of 111231 of 32

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$2,704,974$2,291,810$2,333,033$2,482,950$2,802,672
Short-term investments$4,870,181$4,607,961$5,393,196$4,629,407$5,666,806
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$11,176,171$8,845,690$8,492,504$8,064,800$8,524,363
Long-term investments$0$0$0$14,700$14,700
Fixed assets$14,503,196$14,793,590$14,633,750$14,521,793$14,588,110
Other long-term assets$15,146,616$14,588,855$17,780,734$15,369,179$14,517,037
Total long-term assets$29,649,812$29,382,445$32,414,484$29,905,672$29,119,847
Total assets$40,825,983$38,228,135$40,906,988$37,970,472$37,644,210
Payables and accrued expenses$2,146,576$1,855,980$1,485,591$1,508,299$1,788,061
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$2,146,576$1,855,980$1,485,591$1,508,299$1,788,061
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$696,628$327,207$351,366$3,342,019$370,076
Total long-term liabilities$3,310,326$3,014,383$3,238,671$5,876,982$5,171,566
Total liabilities$5,456,902$4,870,363$4,724,262$7,385,281$6,959,627
Net assets20232022202120202019
Without donor restrictions$18,649,353$16,997,649$16,491,222$13,810,658$14,428,599
With donor restrictions$16,719,728$16,360,123$19,691,504$16,774,533$16,255,984
Net assets$35,369,081$33,357,772$36,182,726$30,585,191$30,684,583
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$5,005,350$4,971,330$8,309,964$8,792,026$3,801,634
Program service revenue$19,939,423$16,781,495$14,697,746$18,407,745$20,923,623
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$82,268$345,446$481,274$750,047$1,352,605
Other revenue$82,754$28,679$97,179$15,277$84,521
Total other revenue$20,104,445$17,155,620$15,276,199$19,173,069$22,360,749
Total revenue$25,109,795$22,126,950$23,586,163$27,965,095$26,162,383
Program services$19,776,671$17,551,760$17,572,777$20,681,684$23,045,260
Management and general$3,755,616$3,281,713$2,303,016$2,759,787$2,970,019
Total expenses$24,350,752$21,367,464$20,410,067$24,010,880$26,615,517
Change in net assets20232022202120202019
Surplus (deficit)$759,043$759,486$3,176,096$3,954,215($453,134)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$759,043$759,486$3,176,096$3,954,215($453,134)


Larry Dale SuttlesPresident/CEO$185,627
Guy K GoodnerCFO, Retired$112,812
David BourneCFO$72,415

Compensation data as of: 8/31/2023

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 2/29/2024. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


At the close of the Civil War, families in Kentucky were left devastated. As a border state with torn loyalties, Kentucky saw families split and broken by the conflict. Death, sickness, and the poverty that followed left many children orphaned with no one to care for them. Since our beginnings as a ministry, Sunrise continues to be fueled by a faithful dedication to God's call for His people to be the hands and feet of Jesus in caring for innocent children. We have helped to transform thousands of lives over the years, and your continued support enables us to make a difference in lives today and for years to come. Thank you for being part of our proud history.

Program accomplishments

The Joint Commission has given Gold Seal accreditation to Sunrise, and the respected BHSO maintains other professional licenses and accreditation needed for comprehensive therapeutic child care.