4KIDS of South Florida

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On any given day in South Florida, there are three to four thousand "temporary orphans" in foster care. Imagine how children must feel when they're removed from their homes, often with nothing more than the clothes on their back and a garbage bag filled with whatever they were able to quickly pack. These children are created in the image of God and deserve to be treated with dignity and showered with love. So whether it's a child who is a victim of abuse or neglect, a teenager rejected by his family, or a young girl who is pregnant and alone, from the moment they come into our care, we provide support, encouragement, and direction.

4KIDS offers family-style homes to keep siblings together, offer teens a real family, and give a refuge for girls at risk of human trafficking.

Young women in our community face unplanned pregnancies every day and need guidance, support, and a safe home through 4KIDS His Caring Place.

When kids in foster care turn 18 many don't have a family to turn to. 4KIDS created the Spirit of Success Institute with Independent Living Homes to equip young adults.

Children in foster care often endure trauma and many struggle to thrive. 4KIDS created the EPIC Therapeutic Approach to help every child experience healing with a family equipped to love and support them.

Out of that same heart of service, 4KIDS has expanded our impact to include life-changing prevention for kids in our community. CarePortal enables the community to connect with the needs of families and provide resources.

Contact information

Mailing address:
4KIDS of South Florida
2717 West Cypress Creek Rd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

Website: 4kids.us

Phone: 954-979-7911

Email: info@4kids.us

Organization details

EIN: 611416525

CEO/President: Kevin Enders

Chairman: Mark Kreisel

Board size: 17

Founder: Rick Englert

Year founded: 2003

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2020


4KIDS is propelled by the vision of a home for every child. Whether that is a child removed from their home for the first time, siblings who need to stay together, a young mom in a unplanned pregnancy who needs a refuge, or a young adult who needs a place to belong, 4KIDS is there with hope and homes.

Mission statement

4KIDS brings hope to babies, kids, teens, and young adults by providing safe and secure environments for healing, equipped parents and caregivers who are trained to love kids from hard places, essential resources to meet their physical needs, nurturing counsel to help them thrive, and a renewed sense of value in their hearts.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Adoption/Foster Care

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating790 of 89417 of 22
Fund acquisition rating789 of 89417 of 22
Resource allocation rating671 of 89418 of 22
Asset utilization rating551 of 89412 of 22

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$548,134$687,321$499,772$669,410$742,534
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$4,171,261$2,335,477$2,020,384$2,194,978$1,075,857
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$6,486,247$6,703,324$6,735,686$6,875,009$7,024,020
Other long-term assets$112,209$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$6,598,456$6,703,324$6,735,686$6,875,009$7,024,020
Total assets$10,769,717$9,038,801$8,756,070$9,069,987$8,099,877
Payables and accrued expenses$580,154$418,645$405,310$434,343$452,731
Other current liabilities$269,683$269,683$269,683$269,683$269,683
Total current liabilities$849,837$688,328$674,993$704,026$722,414
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$38,368$12,661$57,664
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$1,955,771$1,955,771$1,994,139$1,968,432$2,013,435
Total liabilities$2,805,608$2,644,099$2,669,132$2,672,458$2,735,849
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Temporarily restricted$695,977$71,013$144,893$223,993$283,325
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$7,964,109$6,394,702$6,086,938$6,397,529$5,364,028
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Total contributions$9,908,178$7,615,333$6,225,817$7,163,772$6,892,160
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$0$0$0$0$0
Other revenue$88,261$108,132$124,677$97,672$85,730
Total other revenue$88,261$108,132$124,677$97,672$85,730
Total revenue$9,996,439$7,723,465$6,350,494$7,261,444$6,977,890
Program services$6,167,067$5,221,168$4,446,717$4,053,233$4,239,743
Management and general$955,534$733,735$944,966$758,558$833,834
Total expenses$8,427,032$7,415,701$6,661,085$6,227,943$6,281,408
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$1,569,407$307,764($310,591)$1,033,501$696,482
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$1,569,407$307,764($310,591)$1,033,501$696,482


Compensation data for this ministry has not been collected.

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 5/25/2021. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


In 1997, a movement began to end the foster care crisis in Broward County. Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale formed a recruitment and support ministry for foster families called Child S.H.A.R.E to recruit Christian foster families from the community. Shortly after, the Stacy Foundation launched Project TeamWork 4KIDS under the leadership of Rick Englert, becoming the first Christian foster care agency with the vision of bringing the South Florida church community together.

In 2000, Project TeamWork 4KIDS opened SafePlace Broward. SafePlace was designed as a 24/7 emergency intake center created to provide a loving and caring environment for children while they await placement in a foster home. As the South Florida community continued to see a need for foster homes that could support large sibling groups and teenagers, family-style homes, Girls Place and Kids Place, were also created.

By 2003, Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale's foster care ministry, Child S.H.A.R.E., His Caring Place, and Project TeamWork 4KIDS merged to create 4KIDS of South Florida. As 4KIDS continued to grow, they saw another opportunity to make an impact on the community by launching 4KIDS Spirit of Success Institute, designed for young adults aging out of foster care. This two-year program gives young adults the opportunity to finish high school, get jobs, start college, and supports their transition out of foster care.

4KIDS Palm Beach opened in 2006, supporting and recruiting foster families in Palm Beach County as the vision began to spread. Shortly after, two more family-style homes were created in Palm Beach County to keep sibling groups together. SafePlace Palm Beach opened in 2015, creating a safe environment for children in Palm Beach when they are removed from their homes because of abuse, neglect or abandonment and waiting for placement.

4KIDS EPIC Therapeutic Approach was launched in 2014, bringing more children and families into hope-filled healing by addressing the Emotional, Physical, Intellectual, and Character (EPIC) based needs of children. Seeing a need for more Christian foster families, 4KIDS once again expanded to create 4KIDS Treasure Coast, serving families in Martin, St. Lucie, Okeechobee, and Indian River Counties.

4KIDS is propelled by the vision of a home for every child. Whether that is a child removed from their home for the first time, siblings who need to stay together, a young mom in an unplanned pregnancy who needs a refuge, or a young adult who needs a place to belong, 4KIDS is there with hope, homes and healing.

Program accomplishments

For the thousands of children who are removed from their homes each year 4KIDS has hundreds of foster families across 6 Florida counties to meet the need.