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: 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.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Adoption/Foster Care

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating933 of 109227 of 34
Fund acquisition rating662 of 109517 of 34
Resource allocation rating681 of 109523 of 34
Asset utilization rating1033 of 109233 of 34

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$2,291,810$2,333,033$2,482,950$2,802,672$3,298,937
Short-term investments$4,607,961$5,393,196$4,629,407$5,666,806$2,796,417
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$8,845,690$8,492,504$8,064,800$8,524,363$6,139,296
Long-term investments$0$0$14,700$14,700$14,700
Fixed assets$14,793,590$14,633,750$14,521,793$14,588,110$14,812,358
Other long-term assets$14,588,855$17,780,734$15,369,179$14,517,037$17,349,047
Total long-term assets$29,382,445$32,414,484$29,905,672$29,119,847$32,176,105
Total assets$38,228,135$40,906,988$37,970,472$37,644,210$38,315,401
Payables and accrued expenses$1,855,980$1,485,591$1,508,299$1,788,061$1,820,654
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$1,855,980$1,485,591$1,508,299$1,788,061$1,820,654
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$327,207$351,366$3,342,019$370,076$383,741
Total long-term liabilities$3,014,383$3,238,671$5,876,982$5,171,566$4,768,026
Total liabilities$4,870,363$4,724,262$7,385,281$6,959,627$6,588,680
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$16,997,649$16,491,222$13,810,658$14,428,599$10,971,342
With donor restrictions$16,360,123$19,691,504$16,774,533$16,255,984$20,755,379
Net assets$33,357,772$36,182,726$30,585,191$30,684,583$31,726,721
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$4,971,330$8,309,964$8,792,026$3,801,634$3,918,254
Program service revenue$16,781,495$14,697,746$18,407,745$20,923,623$19,702,353
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$345,446$481,274$750,047$1,352,605$819,984
Other revenue$28,679$97,179$15,277$84,521$57,354
Total other revenue$17,155,620$15,276,199$19,173,069$22,360,749$20,579,691
Total revenue$22,126,950$23,586,163$27,965,095$26,162,383$24,497,945
Program services$17,551,760$17,572,777$20,681,684$23,045,260$22,825,234
Management and general$3,281,713$2,303,016$2,759,787$2,970,019$3,422,231
Total expenses$21,367,464$20,410,067$24,010,880$26,615,517$26,966,346
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)$759,486$3,176,096$3,954,215($453,134)($2,468,401)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$759,486$3,176,096$3,954,215($453,134)($2,468,401)


Larry Dale SuttlesPresident/CEO$176,058
Guy K GoodnerCFO$144,580

Compensation data as of: 8/31/2022

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 1/14/2023. 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.