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).

Contact information

Mailing address:
Sunrise Children's Services
300 Hope Street
PO Box 1429
Mt. Washington, KY 40047


Phone: 502-538-1000


Organization details

EIN: 610597273

CEO/President: Dale Suttles

Chairman: Andrew Weeks and Rev. Rodney Cude

Board size: 20


Year founded: 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 rating450 of 89414 of 22
Fund acquisition rating530 of 89412 of 22
Resource allocation rating120 of 8947 of 22
Asset utilization rating699 of 89417 of 22

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$2,802,672$3,298,937$2,726,044$2,687,579$2,923,554
Short-term investments$5,666,806$2,796,417$4,278,318$6,208,532$7,958,017
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$8,524,363$6,139,296$7,494,438$9,273,170$10,995,306
Long-term investments$14,700$14,700$14,700$14,700$132,630
Fixed assets$14,588,110$14,812,358$15,487,529$15,868,074$16,113,233
Other long-term assets$14,517,037$17,349,047$16,520,600$15,681,449$15,514,772
Total long-term assets$29,119,847$32,176,105$32,022,829$31,564,223$31,760,635
Total assets$37,644,210$38,315,401$39,517,267$40,837,393$42,755,941
Payables and accrued expenses$1,788,061$1,820,654$2,290,058$2,144,895$2,008,272
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$1,788,061$1,820,654$2,290,058$2,144,895$2,008,272
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$370,076$383,741$396,755$274,174$299,872
Total long-term liabilities$5,171,566$4,768,026$4,029,970$5,720,693$5,442,949
Total liabilities$6,959,627$6,588,680$6,320,028$7,865,588$7,451,221
Net assets20192018201720162015
Temporarily restricted$2,679,316$2,181,012$2,406,985$2,179,942$2,029,091
Permanently restricted$13,576,668$18,574,367$17,853,032$17,087,869$16,840,826
Net assets$30,684,583$31,726,721$33,197,239$32,971,805$35,304,720
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Total contributions$3,801,634$3,918,254$3,392,980$3,550,342$3,213,986
Program service revenue$20,923,623$19,702,353$19,622,928$19,124,184$19,462,018
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$1,352,605$819,984$3,099,150$1,190,887$1,084,370
Other revenue$84,521$57,354$58,332$86,944$159,505
Total other revenue$22,360,749$20,579,691$22,780,410$20,402,015$20,705,893
Total revenue$26,162,383$24,497,945$26,173,390$23,952,357$23,919,879
Program services$23,045,260$22,825,234$21,690,405$21,743,581$21,458,590
Management and general$2,970,019$3,422,231$4,237,631$3,803,381$3,381,366
Total expenses$26,615,517$26,966,346$26,692,391$26,351,634$25,636,354
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Surplus (deficit)($453,134)($2,468,401)($519,001)($2,399,277)($1,716,475)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($453,134)($2,468,401)($519,001)($2,399,277)($1,716,475)


Larry Dale SuttlesPresident/CEO$156,332
Guy K GoodnerCFO$146,685

Compensation data as of: 8/31/2019

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 6/2/2021. To update the information below, please email:


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.