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
PO Box 1429
Mt. Washington, KY 40047


Phone: 502-538-1000

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 610597273

CEO/President: Dale Suttles

Chairman: Andrew Weeks and Rev. Rodney Cude

Board size: 20


Ruling year: 1980

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 08/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Sunrise Children's Services has been at the forefront in the fight to protect Kentucky's children since 1869. Today, Sunrise is a home for children who have been abused and neglected - children whose lives have been scarred by unspeakable physical, sexual, and emotional abuse - and who have been removed from their homes. From the president of our organization down to our direct care staff, our goal every day is to provide a place of refuge, of hope, of love, and of healing to these children whose lives have been devastated. For these children, Sunrise is a place where they can begin to feel safe, a place where they encounter adults who give unconditional love, and a place where they can begin to learn that the world can be a good place.

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.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Adoption/Foster Care

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating672 of 103325 of 35
Fund acquisition rating560 of 103516 of 35
Resource allocation rating296 of 103514 of 35
Asset utilization rating953 of 103334 of 35

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$2,482,950$2,802,672$3,298,937$2,726,044$2,687,579
Short-term investments$4,629,407$5,666,806$2,796,417$4,278,318$6,208,532
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$8,064,800$8,524,363$6,139,296$7,494,438$9,273,170
Long-term investments$14,700$14,700$14,700$14,700$14,700
Fixed assets$14,521,793$14,588,110$14,812,358$15,487,529$15,868,074
Other long-term assets$15,369,179$14,517,037$17,349,047$16,520,600$15,681,449
Total long-term assets$29,905,672$29,119,847$32,176,105$32,022,829$31,564,223
Total assets$37,970,472$37,644,210$38,315,401$39,517,267$40,837,393
Payables and accrued expenses$1,508,299$1,788,061$1,820,654$2,290,058$2,144,895
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$1,508,299$1,788,061$1,820,654$2,290,058$2,144,895
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$3,342,019$370,076$383,741$396,755$274,174
Total long-term liabilities$5,876,982$5,171,566$4,768,026$4,029,970$5,720,693
Total liabilities$7,385,281$6,959,627$6,588,680$6,320,028$7,865,588
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$13,810,658$14,428,599$10,971,342$12,937,222$13,703,994
With donor restrictions$16,774,533$16,255,984$20,755,379$20,260,017$19,267,811
Net assets$30,585,191$30,684,583$31,726,721$33,197,239$32,971,805
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$8,792,026$3,801,634$3,918,254$3,392,980$3,550,342
Program service revenue$18,407,745$20,923,623$19,702,353$19,622,928$19,124,184
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$750,047$1,352,605$819,984$3,099,150$1,190,887
Other revenue$15,277$84,521$57,354$58,332$86,944
Total other revenue$19,173,069$22,360,749$20,579,691$22,780,410$20,402,015
Total revenue$27,965,095$26,162,383$24,497,945$26,173,390$23,952,357
Program services$20,681,684$23,045,260$22,825,234$21,690,405$21,743,581
Management and general$2,759,787$2,970,019$3,422,231$4,237,631$3,803,381
Total expenses$24,010,880$26,615,517$26,966,346$26,692,391$26,351,634
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$3,954,215($453,134)($2,468,401)($519,001)($2,399,277)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$3,954,215($453,134)($2,468,401)($519,001)($2,399,277)


Larry Dale SuttlesPresident/CEO$156,852
Guy K GoodnerCFO$146,037

Compensation data as of: 8/31/2020

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 3/14/2022. 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.