Buckner Children and Family Services

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Buckner Children and Family Services, Inc. is a subsidiary of Buckner International, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Buckner International is a Christ-centered organization that delivers redemptive ministry to the most vulnerable from the beginning to the ending of life. Buckner's "Family Hope Centers" help strengthen families, and their "Family Pathways" service helps single parents in crisis. Buckner is:

Motivated by faith. We consider our services to children and families a ministry, deeply rooted in the gospel.

Dedicated to finding families for children, rather than finding children for families. As we seek to transform the lives of vulnerable children and to build strong families, we always put the child's needs first and aim to empower them to achieve their goals and flourish in life.

Collaborative. Our team of trained case managers and social workers builds personal relationships and offers emotional support and counseling to every child and family we serve. Whether you are a family seeking to provide foster care or adopt or a mother looking for guidance about your child's future, we commit to walking alongside you through this journey.

Experienced. Throughout our history, we have placed thousands of children in loving, adoptive homes. Buckner staff is trained to serve children and equip families. Several Buckner employees have fostered or adopted children, so we take our mission professionally and to heart.

Leading Domestic Foster Care and Adoption in Texas and Internationally. Buckner provides services for domestic foster care and adoption in specific cities and counties in Texas. Some of our international locations offer domestic adoption opportunities. This is not considered intercountry adoption, rather Buckner believes it is a better option for children to remain in their birth country, so we are focused on family preservation and family reunification as a priority and in some cases adoption in international countries where we operate.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Buckner Children and Family Services
700 N. Pearl St
Suite 1200
Dallas, TX 75201

Website: buckner.org

Phone: 1-800-442-4800

Email: bucknercommunications@buckner.org

Organization details

EIN: 752571395

CEO/President: Albert L. Reyes

Chairman: Rodney Henry

Board size: 9

Founder: Dr. Robert Cooke "Father" Buckner

Ruling year: 1995

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2007


To set the standard of excellence in serving vulnerable children, families and seniors.

Mission statement

To follow the example of Jesus by serving vulnerable children, families and seniors.

Statement of faith

Resolved, That this statement of faith adopted by the leadership of Buckner International is intended solely as a guide and should in no way be interpreted as a creed. Furthermore, this statement of faith should never be used for coercion, but rather, to provide a clear understanding of the biblical guidelines under which Buckner International operates.

1. Scripture: The Bible is the inspired, authoritative word of God and is the record of God's revelation of Himself to humanity. It has God for its author, redemption for its end, and truth without any mixture of error for its matter. Exodus 24:4; Deuteronomy 4:1-2; Matthew 5:17-18; 2 Timothy 3:15-17

2. God: There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Genesis 1:1; Exodus 20:1; Matthew 28:19; John 14:6-13

3. Jesus Christ: Jesus is the perfect Son of God, revealed in the flesh through the virgin birth. His death, bodily resurrection and ascension to the right hand of God provide the means of salvation for humanity. Matthew 1:18-23; 16:21; John 1:1-18; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:13-22

4. The Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God indwelling believers and enabling them to live a godly life. Genesis 1:2; Isaiah 61:1-3; Matthew 28:19-20; John 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:9-11

5. Salvation: Eternal salvation is the redemption of the whole person and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own sacrifice obtained eternal redemption for the believer. John 3:3-21, 36; 5:24; Acts 2:21; 4:12; 15:11; 16:30-31; Ephesians 2:8-22

6. Humanity: Humankind was created by God in His image. By free choice, humanity sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. The sacredness of humanity is evident in that God created humanity in His own image and that Christ died for all humankind, therefore all life is considered sacred. Genesis 1:26-27; 3:1-19; Acts 17:26-31; Romans 3:23-24; 5:12; 6:23; Ephesians 2:1-22

7. The Church: A New Testament church is a body of local baptized believers who are associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel. Matthew 16:15-19; Acts 2:41-42; 44-47; 13:1-3; 15:1-30; 1 Corinthians 1:2

8. Unity: In Jesus Christ, all who follow Him are unified as the Body of Christ, with equality across racial, gender, and social classes. Acts 2:44; Romans 10:12-13; Ephesians 4:3-6; Colossians 3:11

9. The Family: The family is established and ordained by God as the primary institution in which children should be cared for and nurtured by a mother and father who are united in marriage. Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. Genesis 1:26-28; 2:18-25; Matthew 19:4-6; Mark 10:6-9; Ephesians 5:21-33

10. Religious Liberty: God alone is the Lord of human conscience, therefore, church and state should be separate and all humankind is accountable solely to God in matters of faith. Matthew 22:15-21; Acts 4:19-20; Galatians 5:1; Philippians 3:20; 1 Peter 2:12-17

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Adoption/Foster Care

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating796 of 102229 of 34
Fund acquisition rating791 of 102424 of 34
Resource allocation rating353 of 102415 of 34
Asset utilization rating886 of 102230 of 34

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$2,851,258$6,183,040$1,802,934$3,567,608$4,318,600
Short-term investments$1,126,255$967,208$1,102,736$974,592$939,852
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$12,391,142$12,994,865$8,469,479$10,884,566$9,360,174
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$31,042,268$33,024,836$33,609,105$33,773,352$29,358,758
Other long-term assets$8,198,483$7,702,200$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$39,240,751$40,727,036$33,609,105$33,773,352$29,358,758
Total assets$51,631,893$53,721,901$42,078,584$44,657,918$38,718,932
Payables and accrued expenses$1,365,722$1,505,334$1,111,092$1,453,014$1,654,291
Other current liabilities$15,750$12,082$0$9,900$12,500
Total current liabilities$1,381,472$1,517,416$1,111,092$1,462,914$1,666,791
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$6,118,392$12,053,656$7,460,241$9,344,111$9,901,054
Total long-term liabilities$6,118,392$12,053,656$7,460,241$9,344,111$9,901,054
Total liabilities$7,499,864$13,571,072$8,571,333$10,807,025$11,567,845
Net assets20192018201720162015
Without donor restrictions$40,337,830$33,291,745$30,273,827$30,877,534$22,474,527
With donor restrictions$3,794,199$6,859,084$3,233,424$2,973,359$4,676,560
Net assets$44,132,029$40,150,829$33,507,251$33,850,893$27,151,087
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$29,817,906$37,431,555$23,320,406$31,910,529$29,981,872
Program service revenue$11,949,235$12,425,314$15,648,626$14,136,651$14,226,999
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$110,070$104,093$85,069$56,539$87,886
Other revenue($84,445)($177,788)($159,399)($95,381)($127,448)
Total other revenue$11,974,860$12,351,619$15,574,296$14,097,809$14,187,437
Total revenue$41,792,766$49,783,174$38,894,702$46,008,338$44,169,309
Program services$37,934,632$37,785,724$38,457,652$40,303,322$40,177,289
Management and general$4,433,000$2,621,073$2,131,941$3,194,060$2,535,437
Total expenses$44,804,789$42,715,524$42,697,691$45,504,510$44,113,222
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)($3,012,023)$7,067,650($3,802,989)$503,828$56,087
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($3,012,023)$7,067,650($3,802,989)$503,828$56,087


Tony LintelmanFormer VP For Corporate Admin$739,881
Albert L ReyesPresident/CEO$509,054
Priscilla R ReimerVP, General Counsel & Secretary$292,759
Jeffrey K GentrySenior VP & CFO$279,583
Henry JacksonSenior Vice President$256,517
Joann ColeVice President$224,288
Randall L DanielsVP Program Dev & Strategic Relations$208,888
Richard M MunozAssistant Secretary$191,998
Philip T BrinkmeyerSr. Dir. of Int'l Operations$129,945
Christina S AllertAssistant Secretary$129,134
Dexton D ShoresSenior Executive Director, Int'l$128,830
Kathryne A McGeeSenior Executive Director$123,585
Deborah L WynneSr. Dir. Global Permanency$120,914

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2019

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 2/16/2022. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


Dr. Robert Cooke "Father" Buckner founded Buckner Orphans Home in Dallas after seeing the needs of hurting and orphaned children in post-Civil War Texas. In the first years, Buckner Orphans Home was filled with children left parentless due to disease and hardship.

It was Father Buckner's deep compassion for the hopeless and helpless that served as the driving force behind his ministry. He constantly looked for innovative ways to deliver social ministries, including those to elders, combining his theological beliefs with a progressive social conscience.

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