1060 Cross Keys
Suite 160
Lexington KY 40504
Contact Information
Address 1060 Cross Keys
Suite 160
Lexington, KY 40504
Phone (859) 268-0487
Fax 859 268-0928
Contact Name Emily Charles
At A Glance
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Sunflower Kids is happy to accept in-kind donations.  Right now our number one need is tech support.  We also welcome donations of office supplies (white and color copy paper, pens, paperclips, post-it notes, etc.), child-appropriate movies, Wii games, and crafts.
If you are interested in volunteering, particularly with tech support or Spanish translation services, please contact the Executive Director, Emily Charles, at 859-268-0487.
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement

Sunflower Kids protects Kentucky families from interpersonal violence by providing supervised visitation and exchange services. Sunflower Kids values safety, justice, and respect so that all individuals are empowered to live free of violence.

Background Statement
Sunflower Kids provides safe supervised visitation and exchange services to families experiencing domestic violence, child abuse/neglect, child sexual abuse, threat of kidnapping, substance abuse, and mental illness.  
Sunflower Kids was established in 2001. Until 2011, Sunflower Kids only provide supervised visitation and safe exchange of children by and between parents in situations involving domestic violence, dating violence, child abuse, sexual assault, or stalking.  However, in April 2011 we expanded our service population to include other family members, including grandparents, foster parents, and other non-traditional families.
Since 2008, we have safely served over 750 families.  While the majority of Sunflower Kids' clients are from the Bluegrass Region, Sunflower Kids has served families from 44 counties in Kentucky and 13 states. 
Sunflower Kids is the only visitation center in the region with a focus on families with a history of domestic violence and child abuse. Many victims of domestic violence who are able to successfully extricate themselves from the relationship with a violent partner find that although they have ended the abusive relationship, they are still subjected to ongoing harassment and abuse by the perpetrators through court-ordered visitation and exchanges with children-in-common. In fact, victims are often at greater risk after they have ended the relationship as perpetrators try desperately to re-assert their control over victims.
Sunflower Kids’ number one goal is to enhance safety and justice for child and adult victims, both immediately and in the long-term.  
The number one reason women cite for returning to their abusers is because they want their children to have a relationship with both parents. Sunflower Kids provides services in a way that allows children to establish or maintain a relationship with the non-custodial parent while preventing any contact between the parents. This eliminates the opportunity for perpetrators to further the abuse to their adult victims and eliminates the likelihood that children will have to witness further abuse or become victims of further abuse themselves.
Impact Statement
1.Sunflower Kids now has two locations!  In January 2014 we opened a part-time satellite center in Georgetown, KY.  This new center serves families with a history of domestic violence and provides services free of charge.
2. Between January 2008 and June 2016, Sunflower Kids has served 611 families.  During this same time period, we scheduled 10,757 hours of safe supervised visitation and 1,191 safe exchanges. This is significant considering many of the visiting parents have extensive histories of criminal and abusive behaviors and have been deemed "high-risk" by the courts.
3. Between January 2010 and November 2014, Sunflower Kids has provided services to 1,275 clients.  Of these clients, 425 are children and nearly 425 of them are adult victims of domestic violence.
Needs Statement
Sunflower Kids is also happy to accept monetary and in-kind donations to help offset costs of providing high-quality visitations. Money donated will help purchase art supplies, games, age-appropriate toys, and other necessities. 
CEO/Executive Director Statement

Anyone who comes from an abusive household understands the devastating and deleterious effects on individual quality of life. Even after victims of domestic violence end a relationship with a violent partner or a child moves out of a violent home, the effects of violence can continue and often increase as batterers attempt to reassert control. Often it is through court-ordered visitation when batterers continue to have access and, if unsupervised, abuse continues.

With our security measures and safety rules in place SFK works to protect children from the trauma of witnessing domestic violence or substance abuse or experiencing sexual or physical assault, abduction, injury, or death during visitation or exchanges and to protect victims from experiencing further violence and threats of abuse.

Research conducted by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence has repeatedly found that when programs help victims obtain community resources this serves as a protective factor that will enhance safety and quality of life over time. Knowing this, SFK staff discusses client needs during orientation and on-going check-ins and provides accurate and meaningful referrals regarding community resources.

SFK is uniquely positioned to help each family member safely navigate post-separation. Unlike other agencies, SFK has regular contact with each family member and an opportunity to engage and build relationships that open opportunities to counteract violence and repair the harm it causes. SFK defines engagement as being involved and connected in intentional, thoughtful ways.

Engaging perpetrators is especially important in reducing future violence. While agencies working with only victims are vital, it must be remembered that victims are not responsible for their abuse and therefore working with the person whose behavior must change is equally important.

SFK most effectively fosters safety by building relationships that are fair, respectful, and helpful. By engaging all family members we hope to lessen the harm caused by violence and maximize the possibility that each family member can live without ongoing fear, intimidation, or violence.

Board Chair Statement
Sunflower Kids provides a vital service to Lexington and surrounding counties. Yet, supervised visitation and exchanges are an often misunderstood social need and without community support, our work can be challenging. The Sunflower Kids' board works tirelessly to better educate key constituents, potential donors, and the general public of the importance of safe and secure visitation and exchanges. We have developed strong relationships with LFUCG, the county court system, and the domestic violence services community. We will continue to develop and strength our partnerships and relationships in Lexington and the surrounding areas. In particular, we are proud to have a space in the Georgetown Police Department and to work closely with Chief Bosse to provide visitation and exchange services to Scott County.
    As the Board Chair, I am quite proud of the work Sunflower Kids does for Lexington and Central Kentucky. I joined the board in 2010, in an effort to give back to Lexington and to feel connected to the community. I believe in the work we do, because I see the positive impact it has on the children and families we serve and I know that it makes us all safer. Having a supervised visitation and exchange center means that families have a safe place to see their children. It empowers survivors to feel that their children are in an environment that has their best interest in mind and reminds perpetrators that they have a social responsibility to their children. Moreover, supervised visitation and exchange services means families that have experienced domestic violence, drug abuse, or other interpersonal issues are not visiting or exchanging children at local libraries, fast food restaurants, or in strip mall parking lots. Though I have not experienced domestic violence first hand, I know that my family is safer in Lexington because of the vital work Sunflower Kids provides to the community. 
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Human Services / Family Services
Tertiary Organization Category Public & Societal Benefit / Alliances & Advocacy
Geographic Areas Served
Sunflower Kids now has two locations -- a full-time center in Lexington and a part-time center in Georgetown.  The new Georgetown location will help us better serve clients from surrounding rural communities. 
While the majority of Sunflower Kids' clients are from the Bluegrass Region, Sunflower Kids has served families from 44 counties in Kentucky and 13 states.
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact.

Our number one goal is to enhance safety and justice for child and adult victims, both immediately and in the long-term.

StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals? To promote immediate safety, all services provided by Sunflower Kids occur at our secure facility. Sunflower Kids has security measures (including on-site, off-duty police officers, metal detectors, and secured access entrances) and safety rules in place that keep victims safe during court-ordered visitation. Through supervised visitation and monitored exchange services, children are protected from the trauma of witnessing domestic violence or substance abuse or experiencing sexual or physical assault, abduction, injury, or death during visitation or exchanges. Victims are protected from experiencing further violence, abuse, and threats during visitation.

To enhance ongoing, long-term safety, Sunflower Kids helps families connect with needed community resources (e.g. affordable housing, substance abuse treatment, access to mental health services, child care, legal advocacy, etc.), which minimizes isolation and reduces the risk of further abuse.

CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals? Because of our collaborative partnerships Sunflower Kids is better equipped to serve clients through meaningful referrals to Legal Aid, the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, and the County Attorney’s Office for assistance with the legal process, Greenhouse 17 for advocacy, shelter, and support groups, counselors serving children and adults for mental health issues, and other services as needed by families. As our service population continues to expand, so does our list of partners.

This collaborative spirit has been a part of Sunflower Kids since its inception. Our Consulting Committee, comprised of representatives from Bluegrass Rape Crisis, Legal Aid, Fayette Family Court, Domestic Violence Prevention Board, Greenhouse 17, and family law attorneys, constantly informs our policy decisions so we may best serve our clients.

Our long-standing partnership with the Lexington Police Department continues to be crucial to keeping victims safe during visitation.

Through our continuous collaboration with Fayette County Family Court, Sunflower Kids receives referrals, the Court receives support in the form of safe, quality services, and clients receive the benefit of better communication between the two agencies.
Board Chair
Board Chair Steven Stadler
Company Affiliation Fayette County Attorney
Term Dec 2017 to Dec 2019
Board Members
Ms. Rebecca Amsler Centre CollegeVoting
Ms. Margaret Campe University of KentuckyVoting
Dr. Amanda L. Higgins Kentucky Historical SocietyVoting
Dr. Emily Bonistall Postell University of KentuckyVoting
Mr. Steve Stadler Fayette County Attorney's OfficeVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 64%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 8
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
CEO Comments Sunflower Kids is openly recruiting new board members to better diversify our representation, both in social categories and in regards to skills and careers represented on the board. 
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Emily Charles
Term Start Aug 2016

Emily Charles was named Executive Director of Sunflower Kids in August 2016. 

Full Time Staff 2
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 0
Contractors 21
Retention Rate 50%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 12
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs
Mr. Andrew Oliver - Oct 2010
Stephanie Hoffman Theakston Jan 2011 - Nov 2015
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Semi-Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Semi-Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A

Sunflower Kids provides safe supervised visitation and exchange services to families experiencing domestic violence, child abuse/neglect, child sexual abuse, threat of child abduction, substance abuse, and mental illness.

Most families are referred to us through the court system because there is a documented history of domestic violence or child abuse.  We use a variety of safety mechanisms to ensure that victims of domestic violence and their children are protected from future harm when receiving services. 
Budget 180000
Category Human Services, General/Other Family-Based Services
Population Served Victims, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Adults
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $195,000.00
Projected Expenses $195,000.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$151,050$184,538$165,300
Individual Contributions$36,801$38,815$37,214
Investment Income, Net of Losses--$10,663--
Membership Dues------
Special Events$1,647$2,404$6,391
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$136,050$134,238$143,676
Administration Expense$74,814$79,401$93,217
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.981.110.94
Program Expense/Total Expenses65%63%61%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$53,141$52,565$32,099
Current Assets$41,362$37,845$13,660
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$5,867$537$2,859
Total Net Assets$47,274$52,028$29,240
Form 990s
2016 990
2015 Form 990
2015 990
2014 990
2013 990 2013
2012 990EZ Part 1
2012 990EZ part 2
2011 990EZ 2011 Part 1
2011 990EZ 2011 Part 2
2010 990EZ Part 1
2010 990EZ part 2
2009 990
2008 990
2007 990
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
Address 1060 Cross Keys
Suite 160
Lexington, KY 40504
Primary Phone 859 268-0487
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Emily Charles
Board Chair Steven Stadler
Board Chair Company Affiliation Fayette County Attorney