Nightlight Christian Adoptions
767 Lane Allen Road
Lexington KY 40504
Contact Information
Nonprofit Nightlight Christian Adoptions
Address 767 Lane Allen Road
Lexington, KY 40504
Phone (859) 263-9964
Fax 859 263-9957
Contact Name Daniel Nehrbass
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 1964
Former Names
A Helping Hand Adoption Agency
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Nightlight Christian Adoptions
767 Lane Allen Road
Lexington, KY  40504 
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement

Our mission is to share God’s love by:

  • Helping children, both domestic and international, to find loving families
  • Assisting birthparents and genetic parents in making a wise and loving plan for their child’s future
  • Preparing families to be committed and effective parents to adoptive children
  • Recognizing and advocating the personhood of pre-born children

We are committed to carrying out our mission in a way that will bring glory and honor to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Background Statement

Nightlight Christian Adoptions is a full-service, Hague accredited child placement agency. In 1997 we pioneered the first embryo adoption program, Snowflakes Embryo Adoption offering this unique adoption choice to families. Couples with remaining embryos now have the option to choose the family who receives their embryo donation gift. The embryo adopting family gives birth to their adopted child…Amazing! Nightlight programs also include comprehensive International, Foster care, Domestic and Homestudy services. We assist families in all 50 states with licensed offices in California, Colorado, Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas.

More than 2,000 domestic adoptions, 1,700 international adoptions and 550 embryo adoptions have been completed by Nightlight.

Nightlight is currently offering International adoption assistance in Albania, Bulgaria, China, Colombia, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Latvia, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Panama, Taiwan, Ukaine, Ghana, Kyrgyzstan, Uganda, Romania, United Kingdom and kinship adoptions through various other countries. 

Our Domestic adoption program offers adoption counseling services to women and men facing an unplanned pregnancy. Nightlight provides home study, pre-adoption education and post-adoption services for families residing in states where we are licensed. We recently began offering Foster Adoption in Colorado and California.


Impact Statement Nightlight Christian Adoptions assists expectant parents in Kentucky who have an unplanned pregnancy and who wish to make an adoption plan.  We also assist families in Kentucky and throughout the United States who wish to adopt a child either through our domestic program, Snowflake embryo program, foster care, or one of the 16 international countries we work with for placement of children.  We assist orphanages in China, Uganda and Guatemala and send mission teams to help the children and work on special projects in the orphanages.  Nightlight brings older orphans from Eastern Europe, Latin America and Asia to the US to raise awareness of the need to support them.
Needs Statement $25,000 for adoption scholarships per year; $50,000 sponsorship for 10 children from Eastern Europe, Latin America or Asia each year to come for a month long orphan host/tour program; $50,000 per year to assist in expenses for women in crisis pregnancy considering adoption.  We also want to open a Post Adoption Counseling Center serving adoptive families nationwide in 2018.  Additionally, we hope to open a foster program in our Kentucky office and would like to hire a social worker to oversee recruitment of foster families and case management of children's files.   
CEO/Executive Director Statement Our battle cry is simple: "to get more kids adopted."
Board Chair Statement --
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Human Services / Foster Care
Tertiary Organization Category Religion- Related / Christianity
Geographic Areas Served

Throughout the United States; Nightlight's corporate office is in California; with branch offices in Kentucky, GA, CO, MO, OK, SC and TX. Nightlight provides domestic, international, and embryo adoption services to families in all 50 states.  In addition, we provide free counseling and support to women who are facing an unplanned pregnancy in Central Kentucky and surrounding areas as well as home study services for prospective adoptive families in Kentucky. 

Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Jeff Light
Company Affiliation C.J. Light Associates
Board Members
Mr. Frank Block RetiredVoting
Ms. Betty Burnett South Coast Water DistrictVoting
Mr. Dan Gomez SynerMed HealthcareVoting
Torrey Harmon --Voting
Mr. Kevin O'Neill REMAX RealtyVoting
Mr. Michael Powers Michael E. Powers & AssociatesVoting
Mr. Jeff Slack Small Business OwnerVoting
Ms. Sarah Sowell PsychologistVoting
Mr. Ron Stoddart Retired AttorneyVoting
Jere Vandewalle GESVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 50%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 10%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Dr. Daniel Nehrbass
Term Start Apr 2012
Experience Daniel is the Executive Director and CEO of Nightlight Christian Adoptions. He has worked as a pastor, professional counselor, and adjunct professor of biblical studies at Biola University. He is also a published author of three books and articles in Adoption Today, Preaching Magazine, Clergy Journal, and REV! Magazine. Dan is a board member of The Urban Ministry Institute in Los Angeles. Daniel earned a PhD in Practical Theology (emphasis in pastoral counseling) at Fuller Seminary. He completed his ThM from Talbot School of Theology, MDiv at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and his MA at Indiana Wesleyan University in Ministerial Education. He received his B.A. in Classical Civilization from UC Irvine.
Co-CEO Mrs. Dana R. Poynter
Term Start Sept 2016
Experience Dana was named Executive Director of the Kentucky office in September, 2016.  She served as China Program Manager prior to being named Executive Director.  She began working at Nightlight Christian Adoptions (formerly A Helping Hand Adoption Agency) in May, 2007 and has served in various roles during her time with the agency. 
Full Time Staff 50
Part Time Staff 10
Volunteers 40
Contractors 20
Retention Rate 95%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 77
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 1
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 78
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs
Ron Stoddart Jan 1994 - Mar 2013
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Description Full adoption placement services and related counseling services, including adoption counseling and post adoption counseling interviews.
Budget 1,041,017.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Adoption
Population Served Adults, Females, Families
Program Short Term Success --
Program Long term Success To give all couples who are facing an unplanned pregnancy the option of adoption.  To give families facing infertility, or those who desire to adopt, more choices in ways to grow their family. 
Program Success Monitored By --
Examples of Program Success --
Description Snowflakes® exists to give every embryo an opportunity for life by connecting donor families with adoptive couples while employing best practices of adoption.
Budget $400,000.00
Category None of the above
Population Served , ,
Program Short Term Success --
Program Long term Success --
Program Success Monitored By --
Examples of Program Success --
Description We assist birthmothers or expectant parents in making an adoption plan for their babies voluntarily relinquished at birth. We counsel women facing unplanned or crisis pregnancy.
Budget $500,000.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Adoption
Population Served Females, ,
Program Short Term Success We expect to counsel 200 women per year. 
Program Long term Success We hope to reduce the number of abortions and the number of children removed involuntarily (entering the foster care system).
Program Success Monitored By We keep track of each woman who contacts our agency, and the number who choose to make an adoption plan
Examples of Program Success --
Description We provide international adoption services in 16 countries. 
Budget $1,000,000.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Adoption
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), ,
Program Short Term Success We expect to have over 100 children adopted from foreign countries each year
Program Long term Success We hope to reduce the number of children living as orphans abroad.
Program Success Monitored By We keep track of the number of children adopted each year through our agency and the country from which they are adopted. 
Examples of Program Success --
Description We recruit, train, certify, and support foster and fost-adopt parents.
Budget $200,000.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Adoption
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), ,
Program Short Term Success We expect to recruit 40 foster families each year.
Program Long term Success We expect to reduce the number of children in foster care by providing them permanent homes.
Program Success Monitored By We keep track of each family who visits our site, inquires about adoption, applies to become a foster/adoptive family, and completes an adoption.
Examples of Program Success --
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan? Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
External Assessments and Accreditations
Council on Accreditation (COA) [for Children and Family Services] - Accreditation2012
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? Yes
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 $5,182,080.00
Projected Expenses $5,000,000.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Detailed Financials
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Revenue$5,182,080$3,983,225$2,681,265
Total Expenses$5,180,102$3,459,145$2,357,653
Revenue Less Expenses$1,978$524,080$323,612
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$617,823$284,880$262,868
Individual Contributions$1,243,613$736,703$538,939
Investment Income, Net of Losses$5,034$3,070$0
Membership Dues--$0$0
Special Events--$0$0
Revenue In-Kind--$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$4,151,646$3,133,515$2,142,783
Administration Expense$769,667$271,548$176,334
Fundraising Expense$258,789$54,082$38,536
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.001.151.14
Program Expense/Total Expenses80%91%91%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue14%5%5%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$2,403,239$1,911,682$1,020,801
Current Assets$482,577$261,310$533,701
Long-Term Liabilities$1,332,842$899,513$379,938
Current Liabilities$164,536$44,831$16,817
Total Net Assets$905,861$967,338$624,046
Form 990s
2016 990 2016
2015 990 2015
2014 990 2014
2013 990 2013
Audit Documents
2016 2016 Audit
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
Foundation Staff Comments This organization is under the umbrella of a national organization. Financial information applies to the entire organization.
Address 767 Lane Allen Road
Lexington, KY 40504
Primary Phone 859 263-9964
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Daniel Nehrbass
Board Chair Mr. Jeff Light
Board Chair Company Affiliation C.J. Light Associates