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Sunrise Children’s Services announces closure of two facilities in effort to optimize program structures


Sunrise Children’s Services announced this week 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. the first ensure seamless next steps and transitions for its clients in these locations and, second, 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.

From Sunrise Children’s Services


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