Lifeline Children's Services Inc.

The information in this column was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 10/28/2021. To update the information in this column, please email:


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 Inc.
100 Missionary Ridge
Birmingham, AL 35242


Phone: 205-967-0811


Organization details

EIN: 630896878

CEO/President: Herbie Newell

Chairman: Doug Acton

Board size: 13


Ruling year: 1986

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2007


We know that as Christians, we have all been adopted by our Heavenly Father. Adoption is a beautiful picture of the gospel on earth that points us back toward Christ. In Psalm 68, David tells us that God sets the lonely in families. We want the children we serve to have forever families, but more than that, we want them to know the truth of the gospel.

Our focus lies in an eternity with Christ for the child and the parent, and we believe a gospel-centered family is an amazing ministry opportunity for their salvation. Our desire is to come alongside mission-minded families with resources necessary to find and nurture their children to become disciples who make 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)

Donor confidence score

Show donor confidence score details

Transparency grade


To understand our transparency grade, click here.

Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Adoption/Foster Care

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating584 of 102221 of 34
Fund acquisition rating978 of 102431 of 34
Resource allocation rating637 of 102428 of 34
Asset utilization rating47 of 10221 of 34

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
Operating ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
Investing ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
Liquidity ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
Solvency ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses


Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$229,604$154,815$117,400$147,014$127,250
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,240,099$828,902$953,627$514,567$293,250
Long-term investments$644,993$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$338,951$336,451$147,849$41,368$32,996
Other long-term assets$3,862$3,862$2,422$2,200$2,200
Total long-term assets$987,806$340,313$150,271$43,568$35,196
Total assets$2,227,905$1,169,215$1,103,898$558,135$328,446
Payables and accrued expenses$249,231$149,763$199,625$178,537$308,700
Other current liabilities$247,825$196,797$145,062$124,742$45,134
Total current liabilities$497,056$346,560$344,687$303,279$353,834
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$687,096$364,990$485,466$843,395$924,817
Total long-term liabilities$1,136,695$364,990$486,266$844,195$995,617
Total liabilities$1,633,751$711,550$830,953$1,147,474$1,349,451
Net assets20192018201720162015
Without donor restrictions$505,511$457,665$272,945($589,339)($1,021,005)
With donor restrictions$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$594,154$457,665$272,945($589,339)($1,021,005)
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$4,240,704$2,930,027$2,637,616$2,618,923$2,288,348
Program service revenue$3,808,130$3,356,604$3,421,980$3,913,787$3,716,463
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$34,397$3,277$0$1,500$0
Other revenue$965,698$881,436$984,508$711,515$605,370
Total other revenue$4,808,225$4,241,317$4,406,488$4,626,802$4,321,833
Total revenue$9,048,929$7,171,344$7,044,104$7,245,725$6,610,181
Program services$7,108,912$5,538,513$4,939,332$5,532,646$6,440,062
Management and general$1,007,755$767,442$658,906$683,003$742,478
Total expenses$8,929,083$6,986,624$6,183,210$6,814,059$7,795,778
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$119,846$184,720$860,894$431,666($1,185,597)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$119,846$184,720$860,894$431,666($1,185,597)


Compensation data for this ministry has not been collected.

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 10/28/2021. To update the information below, please email:


Program accomplishments

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