Lifeline Children's Services

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Lifeline Children's Services exists to provide a hope and a future through the Gospel for children around the world by discipling, engaging, and equipping people towards adoption, foster care, and orphan care.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Lifeline Children's Services
100 Missionary Ridge
Birmingham, AL 35242


Phone: 205-967-0811

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 630896878

CEO/President: Herbie Newell

Chairman: Doug Acton

Board size: 14


Ruling year: 1986

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2007


The vision of Lifeline Children's Services is vulnerable children and their communities are transformed by the gospel and are making disciples.

Mission statement

The mission of Lifeline Children's Services is to equip the Body of Christ to manifest the gospel to vulnerable children.

Statement of faith

God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit)

We believe in God, eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Matthew 3:16-17; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1-51; John 10:30)

We believe that Jesus Christ is the one and only begotten Son of God, conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary and is fully God and fully man. (Mark 14:61; Luke 3:22; John 8:58; Colossians 2:8-9; Philippians 2:5-11)

We believe in the physical resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into Heaven, and His present life there for us as our High Priest and Advocate providing a sufficiency for body, soul, and spirit for the believers. (Acts 3:15; 1 Corinthians 15:12-32; Hebrews 4:14-16)

Salvation & The Work of Christ

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a representative, substitutionary, and complete sacrifice; and that all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood. (Isaiah 53:46; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Ephesians 5:1-2; 1 Peter 2:24, 3:18)

We believe that all who receive by grace, through faith, the Lord Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit and become children of God, and there is no other way of salvation but through Jesus. (John 1:12-14, 3:3, 5:24, 14:6; Galatians 4:4-7; Ephesians 2:8-10)

We believe in the personal, visible, and second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, at a time unknown to us but for which we are eagerly anticipating. (Matthew 24:42-44; John 14:1-3; I Thessalonians 4:16-17; Hebrews 9:28; 2 Peter 3:10)

We believe that the redeemed will have eternal life with Christ Jesus while the lost will be separated from God in everlasting punishment. (Matthew 25:31-46; Acts 17:30-32; 1 Corinthians 15:52; 1 Thessalonians 4:16) We believe that every believer is sanctified through the work of the Holy Spirit to pursue personal holiness. (1 Thessalonians 4:3-9; 1 Peter 15-16; 1 Corinthians 6:9-13; Ephesians 5:4-5)


We believe that man was created in the image of God; that he sinned and incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death which is separation from God; and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature, and become sinners in thought, word, and deed. (Genesis 1:26-27, 8:21; Psalm 51:5; Ecclesiastes 7:20; Colossians 3:6-10; Ephesians 2:2-3)

We believe that marriage is a sacred covenant before God and man between one man and one woman instituted by God from the beginning of Creation. (Genesis 2:18-24; Matthew 19:4-6; 1 Corinthians 7:1-16; Hebrews 13:4-7)

We believe that God is the creator of all life, and that every person is created in His image, and at the moment of conception, a new human life is created with a sovereignly-ordained sex of either male or female. (Genesis 1:27; Psalm 139:13-16; Jeremiah 1:5; Acts 17:25)

The Word of God

We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the Word of God, written by men under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. The Word is inerrant, infallible, and sufficient in all manners of conduct. (Deuteronomy 6:4-6; Proverbs 30:5-6; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Peter 1:23-25)

The Work of Church

We believe that the Great Commission was given by the Lord to His Church to disciple the world, and that sharing the gospel is the great mission of the Church. (Matthew 28:16-20; Mark 16:15; John 20:21; Acts 1:8)

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Adoption/Foster Care

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating504 of 107719 of 34
Fund acquisition rating884 of 107827 of 34
Resource allocation rating617 of 107824 of 34
Asset utilization rating62 of 10773 of 34

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$315,752$229,604$154,815$117,400$147,014
Short-term investments$1,161,455$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$2,655,409$1,240,099$828,902$953,627$514,567
Long-term investments$0$644,993$0$0$0
Fixed assets$380,914$338,951$336,451$147,849$41,368
Other long-term assets$3,862$3,862$3,862$2,422$2,200
Total long-term assets$384,776$987,806$340,313$150,271$43,568
Total assets$3,040,185$2,227,905$1,169,215$1,103,898$558,135
Payables and accrued expenses$213,536$249,231$149,763$199,625$178,537
Other current liabilities$267,742$247,825$196,797$145,062$124,742
Total current liabilities$481,278$497,056$346,560$344,687$303,279
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$208,394$687,096$364,990$485,466$843,395
Total long-term liabilities$774,935$1,136,695$364,990$486,266$844,195
Total liabilities$1,256,213$1,633,751$711,550$830,953$1,147,474
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$1,459,091$505,511$457,665$272,945($589,339)
With donor restrictions$324,881$0$0$0$0
Net assets$1,783,972$594,154$457,665$272,945($589,339)
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$5,061,461$4,240,704$2,930,027$2,637,616$2,618,923
Program service revenue$3,560,097$3,808,130$3,356,604$3,421,980$3,913,787
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$124,982$34,397$3,277$0$1,500
Other revenue$1,252,064$965,698$881,436$984,508$711,515
Total other revenue$4,937,143$4,808,225$4,241,317$4,406,488$4,626,802
Total revenue$9,998,604$9,048,929$7,171,344$7,044,104$7,245,725
Program services$7,396,725$7,108,912$5,538,513$4,939,332$5,532,646
Management and general$1,089,282$1,007,755$767,442$658,906$683,003
Total expenses$9,225,881$8,929,083$6,986,624$6,183,210$6,814,059
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$772,723$119,846$184,720$860,894$431,666
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$772,723$119,846$184,720$860,894$431,666


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Program accomplishments

10,000+ Families Served
4,305+ Children Placed
2,000+ Children Impacted
1,450+ Families Trained
$1M+ in Family Training