Human Services


aka Bethany

Grand Rapids, MI


Bethany Christian Services demonstrates the love and compassion of Jesus Christ by protecting children, empowering youth, and strengthening families through quality social services.

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President & CEO

Mr. Chris Palusky

Main Address

901 Eastern Ave NE PO Box 294

Grand Rapids, MI 49503 USA


adoption, domestic adoption, international adoption, birthparent assistance, pregnancy counseling, foster care, adoptable children, waiting children, refugee services, family services





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Family Services (P40)

Adoption (P31)

Foster Care (P32)

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Bethany's vision is a world where every child has a loving family. Our strategic goals over the next few years include serving tens of thousands of children and impacting hundreds of thousands of individuals by providing quality social services. Our goals also include improving the quality of customer service given to our children and families, and continuing Bethany's overall financial sustainability. We also hope to expand into more locations nationwide.

Bethany's strategies to achieve our goals come through our management of the balanced scorecard approach to align our activities with our vision and to assure our performance meets our strategic goals. Our priorities include empowering our workforce, increasing staff diversity, and improving the quality of our hiring process. We also plan to embrace technology and inspire more church partnerships around the country. These strategies will enable Bethany to pursue quality and excellence in our services as we expand our mission impact to find more families to care for children in need in the US and around the world.

Bethany Christian Services has been blessed with outstanding capabilities to serve children and families through our nearly 1,300 staff in more than 35 states and in 15 countries on four continents. Our staff include highly qualified and licensed social workers who demonstrate the love and compassion of Jesus Christ by providing quality social services to meet the best interest of each child in need of a loving family. Our relationships with thousands of churches nationwide allow us to recruit resource families for children in need of adoption, foster care, Safe Families for Children, or other social service programs.

Bethany Christian Services uses the Balanced Scorecard strategy management system that includes specific measurements for each strategic objective. These measurements give us the indicators if we are achieving our goals as we serve children and families in need. Some of these indicators include the number of domestic adoptions, international adoptions, and foster care adoptions. Others include the number of children served in adoption, foster care, international social services, and other programs. We also use financial measures and customer service measures to continuously improve the quality of our programs and ensure sustainability for the future.

Over the last several years, Bethany Christian Services has made excellent progress in many areas as we strive to serve more children in the US and around the world. Our total revenue, total number of employees, total number of locations, and most importantly, the total number of children served continues to increase every year.

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Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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