Sunrise optimizing program structures, announces closures in two locations

Sunrise Children’s Services announced today the closure of two programs, both of which will be effective in early March. The programs being closed are Morehead Center, a 12-bed residential treatment facility for females ages 12-18, and an office in Florence that supported community-based programs. The closures affect nearly 20 Sunrise jobs across both programs. 

 “We are seeing shifts in funding and priorities at both the federal and state levels for out-of-home care for children. Sunrise’s focus continues to be on helping Kentucky’s children and families heal and find wholeness, but the way we accomplish this will require us to reposition ourselves going forward – this means downsizing and altering some programs while making investments in other programs such as ‘wrap around,’ preventive services,” said Sunrise President Dale Suttles. “While we are deeply saddened by the impact to jobs and people’s lives that are part of these programs, these closures are necessary in keeping with an ever-changing child welfare landscape and to ensure the long-term financial health of Sunrise.”

Sunrise’s utmost priority during these closures is twofold: 1) ensure seamless next steps and transitions for its clients in these locations and 2) either absorb affected team members into other Sunrise programs in positions where it makes sense or assist them in finding other employment. Sunrise leadership is working to refer employees to nearby residential treatment facilities for potential employment.  

After these closures are complete, Sunrise will operate five residential treatment centers, eleven foster care offices, four family services offices, and multiple independent living locations throughout the Commonwealth. Sunrise is headquartered at its Ministry Support Center in Mt. Washington, Ky. Sunrise serves nearly 1,300 individuals through its programs and services and has celebrated 440 adoptions through its foster-to-adopt ministry. 

About Sunrise Children’s Services

With offices throughout the Commonwealth, Sunrise Children’s Services is a historic statewide nonprofit that provides therapeutic residential treatment to boys and girls, professional care to families in crisis, therapeutic foster care, foster-to-adopt, and a proven transition program for those who have aged out of foster care. Since 1869, our mission has remained clear: We provide care and hope for hurting families and children through Christ-centered ministries. For more information or to learn how you can help a child or family in crisis, call 1.800.456.1386, email or visit

Written by Melissa Bailey, Sunrise Children’s Services Marketing Director

Jake Pelfrey