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November 13, 2013
The 26th Annual Holiday Cottage
Where Wishes Do Come True....

The Department of Human Services announces the Grand Opening Celebration of the 26th Anniversary Holiday Cottage on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013. The celebration begins promptly at 10:30am at East Hills Mall, 3000 Mall View Road, Suite 1047.
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September 27, 2013
Kern County Stands Ready for Health Care Reform

On Tuesday, October 1, 2013 Californians will be able to begin exploring their health care options under the Federal Affordable Care Act (ACA). For many Kern County residents, this means shopping for Health Care Coverage, many for the first time. Once a plan is selected, the new health coverage will become effective in January 2014. In order to have coverage effective on January 1, 2014, individuals will have to enroll and pay their premiums by December 15, 2013.
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September 26, 2013
FROM FOSTER CARE TO ADOPTION
SIXTH ANNUAL HEART GALLERY GALA CELEBRATION

The Heart Gallery – A Gallery of Hope will host its Sixth Annual Heart Gallery Gala on Thursday, October 3rd from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Junior League of Bakersfield Community Center, 1928 19th street. We are excited to introduce you to the newest Heart Gallery children, while we meet with local foster parents interested in learning more about adoption.
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August 8, 2013
“PURPLE RIBBON MONTH”

PRESS CONFERENCE & SAFETY DEMONSTRATION
TODAY – 11:00 AM
(Bakersfield, CA) – The Kern County Board of Supervisors has proclaimed August as Purple Ribbon Month in Kern County. For Eight years, The Department of Human Services, with support from First 5 Kern, the Kern County Network for Children “Kern Cares” coalition and our local public safety & community partners, have lead these efforts to proclaim “Purple Ribbon Month” in memory of Kaitlyn Marie Russell. We use this as a way to raise public awareness about “Kaitlyn’s Law”, passed in 2001, that makes it a citable offense for parents to leave children under the age of 6 unattended in a motor vehicle without the supervision of someone at least 12 years of age. The Law was named for 6 month old Kaitlyn Marie Russell, who died on August 15th, 2000, after being left behind in a hot van by a caregiver.

August is Purple Ribbon Month in memory of Kaitlyn and all the children who have lost their lives to preventable injuries in and around cars, and in order to educate and increase public awareness about all of the dangers of leaving children unattended in or around motor vehicles. Already this year, at least 24 children have died due to hyperthermia nationwide, including one tragedy in Fresno and another in El Cajon this past month. Even more children have lost their lives due to back-over and roll-over accidents, and tragically more than 70% of the time when this happens the driver is a parent or relative.

All of these important points will be illustrated in a Press Conference and Safety Demonstration taking place today at the Oaks Children’s Center at 11:00 AM, as well as car seat inspections with the CHP and Bakersfield Police Department.

Please join us and help prevent the unintentional death of a child!
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June 27, 2013
Water Safety Coalition Press Conference

  Kern Statistics  Kern Cares
Summer is upon us, and as we approach the Fourth of July, the Water Safety Coalition would like to highlight the importance of water safety. Please join us at the Kern River Campground to hear the latest on the conditions of the Kern River, and as we cover the basic water safety tips, including open water ways, canals, swimming pools, and simple ways to teach water safety to your children. We promise great interviews, visuals, demonstrations, and practical advice for families to remember as we head into summer and the peak water season! The latest drowning and drowning incident statistics and information will also be provided.
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June 21, 2013
NEVER ABANDON YOUR BABY – SAFELY SURRENDER INSTEAD

(Bakersfield, CA) – For most people, the birth of a child is a happy occasion celebrated with family and friends. But for some women, childbirth becomes a crisis - and the decisions made following an infant’s birth can be a matter of life or death for the child.

The Safely Surrendered Baby Law responds to the increasing number of newborn infant deaths due to abandonment in unsafe locations. First signed into law in January 2001, the Safely Surrendered Baby Law became permanent in January 2006. The law’s intent is to save the lives of newborn infants at risk of abandonment by encouraging parents or persons with lawful custody to safely surrender the infant within 72 hours of birth, with no questions asked. The law exists so that these infants will not be harmed because the mother abandons them, or fails to provide them with care, sometimes leaving them to die.

To date, 33 babies have been safely surrendered in Kern County since we began tracking those babies in 2006. Three infants have already been safely surrendered this year 2013.
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June 13, 2013
“Recovery Is Possible” event planned in Kernville

Saturday, July 6th, 2013
(Bakersfield, CA) – Kern County Supervisor Mick Gleason is partnering with KernStopMethNow and TV 17 to sponsor a community dinner and guest speaker on Saturday, July 6, 2013 at Riverside Park in Kernville from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm. “Recovery Is Possible” will be a two hour event featuring guest speaker Nic Sheff, author and recovering addict. The first 500 participants will also be treated to a free picnic style dinner provided by local community and business leaders from the Kern River Valley, the Indian Wells Valley, and throughout Kern County.
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May 8, 2013
Final JobFest Events Offer Employment Opportunities

(Bakersfield, CA) – The Kern County Department of Human Services 2013 JobFest Series will wrap up this month with two final events in Bakersfield and Lake Isabella. Over 1000 available positions will be represented at these final two JobFest events!

Bakersfield JobFest takes place Tuesday May 14th at the Marriott Hotel, 801 Truxtun Avenue, in Bakersfield from 9:00 A.M. – Noon. Bakersfield’s unemployment rate is currently at 9.5%. Over 1000 available positions will be represented by 85 employers participating in this year’s Bakersfield JobFest!

Lake Isabella JobFest takes place Wednesday, May 15th from 9:00 A.M. - Noon at the Lake Isabella Senior Center, 6405 Lake Isabella Blvd. Lake Isabella unemployment rate is currently at 16.0%.
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April 24, 2013
May is Foster Care Awareness Month

(Bakersfield, CA) – The Kern County Department of Human Services, along with all of our community and professional partners serving the needs of Kern County’s foster children, is celebrating May as National Foster Care Month. Foster Care month gives us the opportunity to celebrate both foster children and the dedicated individuals & professionals who open their hearts and homes to care for the 2,300 children in foster care here in Kern County.

There are many exciting events planned highlighting Foster Care in May. First, the Kern County Board of Supervisors will proclaim May as Foster Care Awareness Month on Tuesday, April 30th, 2013, at 9:00AM. We invite all of our community partners to join us at the Board of Supervisors Chambers for this important event.
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April 15, 2013
Flag Ceremony Honors The Memory Of Children Lost To Child Abuse

(Bakersfield, CA) - The Kern County Department of Human Services (DHS) will join Kern County Supervisor Mick Gleason, the Child Welfare League of America and Social Service Agencies across our Nation in calling for the immediate cessation of violence against children in America. On Friday, April 26th, a memorial flag will be raised in Kern County to remember the thousands of children lost nationwide, and in the last year, to violence.

The flag will be raised at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, April 26, 2013 in front of the Ridgecrest Field Office for Supervisor Mick Gleason, located at the County Building in Ridgecrest, 400 N. China Lake Blvd., Ridgecrest, CA 93555. The community is welcome to join us in this Memorial Ceremony.
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April 10, 2013
JobFest Series Offers Employment Opportunities

(Bakersfield, CA) - The Kern County Department of Human Services is pleased to announce it’s 2013 JobFest Series, bringing employment opportunities to every region of Kern County. With Kern County’s overall unemployment rate as of February at 13.6%, the JobFest series is just one way DHS works to improve the lives of children and families throughout Kern County.

The Lamont Tri-Area JobFest takes place Wednesday, April 17th from 9:00 A.M. - Noon at the David Head Center,10300 San Diego St. Lamont’s unemployment rate remains at 24%.

Ridgecrest JobFest takes place Friday, April 26th at SpringHill Suites Marriott, 113 East Sydnor Avenue in Ridgecrest from 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Ridgecrest’s unemployment rate is 7.8%

Bakersfield JobFest takes place Tuesday May 14th at the Marriott Hotel, 801 Truxtun Avenue, in Bakersfield from 9:00 A.M. – Noon. Bakersfield’s unemployment rate is currently at 9.5%

Lake Isabella JobFest takes place Wednesday, May 15th from 9:00 A.M. - Noon at the Lake Isabella Senior Center, 6405 Lake Isabella Blvd. Lake Isabella unemployment rate is currently at 16.0%
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March 29, 2013
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

(Bakersfield, CA) - The Kern County Department of Human Services (DHS) will join the Child Welfare League of America and Social Service Agencies across our Nation in calling for the immediate cessation of violence against children in America. On Friday, April 5th, a memorial flag will be raised in Kern County to remember the thousands of children lost nationwide, and in the last year, to violence.

The flag will be raised at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, April 5, 2013 in front of the Human Services Building at 100 East California Avenue. The community is invited to join us in this Memorial Ceremony. The flag will be flown throughout the entire month of April.
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March 22, 2013
JobFest Series Offers Employment Opportunities

(Bakersfield, CA) - The Kern County Department of Human Services is pleased to announce it’s 2013 JobFest Series, bringing employment opportunities to every region of Kern County. With Kern County’s overall unemployment rate at 14.1%, the JobFest series is just one way DHS is working to improve the lives of children and families in our communities.

Shafter JobFest will take place next Thursday, March 28th, from 9:00 am – Noon at the Shafter Veterans Hall, 309 California Avenue. Shafter’s unemployment rate is 24.7%. Taft JobFest takes place on Wednesday, April 3rd at the Taft Veterans Memorial Building, 218 Taylor Street in Taft from 9:00 am until Noon. Taft’s unemployment rate is 13.9%. Lamont JobFest takes place on Wednesday, April 17th from 9:00am - Noon at the David Head Center, 10300 San Diego St. Lamont’s unemployment rate is 24.8%. Ridgecrest JobFest will take place on Friday, April 26th at SpringHill Suites Marriott, 113 East Sydor Avenue in Ridgecrest from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Ridgecrest’s unemployment rate is 8.1%.
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February 27, 2013
“Hope Through Mentoring” Conference Planned at CSUB

Saturday, April 6th, 2013
(Bakersfield, CA) - The Kern County Methamphetamine Reduction Task Force is partnering with Kern County Mental Health and California State University, Bakersfield to sponsor a conference on adult-to-youth mentoring on Saturday, April 6, 2013 on the campus of CSUB from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. “Hope Through Mentoring – Change Starts with Me” will be a day-long conference... (Click here for more details)

February 21, 2013
Listen to Child Protective Services Assistant Director, Antanette Reed, discussing the Safely Surrendered Baby Law with local KERN talk radio personality, Jeff Lemucchi.

February 4, 2013
February is Safely Surrendered Baby Awareness Month

(Bakersfield, CA) - For most people, the birth of a child is a happy occasion celebrated with family and friends. But for some women, childbirth becomes a crisis - and the decisions made following an infant's birth can be a matter of life or death for the child.

The Safely Surrendered Baby Law responds to the increasing number of newborn infant deaths due to abandonment in unsafe locations. First signed into law in January 2001, the Safely Surrendered Baby Law became permanent in January 2006. The law’s intent is to save the lives of newborn infants at risk of abandonment by encouraging parents or persons with lawful custody to safely surrender the infant within 72 hours of birth, with no questions asked....more

November 2, 2012
The 25th Anniversary Holiday Cottage

Where Wishes Do Come True...
The Department of Human Services announces the Grand Opening Celebration of the 25th Anniversary Holiday Cottage on Tuesday, November 20, 2012. The celebration begins promptly at 10:30am at East Hills Mall, 3000 Mall View Road, Suite 1047...more

October 30, 2012
November is National Adoption Awareness Month!

Please join us in celebrating November as National Adoption Awareness Month here in Kern County! Today, October 30th, the Kern County Board of Supervisors will proclaim November as Adoption Awareness Month, as we kick off our month long effort to raise awareness about adoption, and the steps needed for adopting children that are waiting for loving families right now in Kern County.

Kern County’s 10th Annual National Adoption Day celebration will be held Friday, November 16th, 2012, beginning with a press conference at 12:30 PM...more

October 24, 2012
Ribbon Cutting Celebrates Innovation & Improved Customer Service

The Department of Human Services invites you to attend the Open House and Ribbon Cutting for our expanded Customer Assistance Telecenter (CAT). The Ribbon Cutting and community tours will take place on Monday, October 29th at 9:30 in the morning at 3041 Wilson Road, in partnership with the Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce...more

August 6, 2012
Back To School Haircuts For Newest Heart Gallery Kids

In a unique community partnership, The Heart Gallery, Curl Talk Salon and Misty Dameron Photography will work together for a brother and sister about to enter the Heart Gallery. On Tuesday, August 7th beginning at 9:30 am, 9-year-old Haley and 6-year old Gaspar will be treated to haircuts and a personal photo shoot, getting them ready for back to school and their first photo shoot to enter the Heart Gallery...more

July 31, 2012
August is Purple Ribbon Month

Never Leave A Child In A Car...
The Department of Human Services, with support from First Five Kern, the Kern County Network for Children and our local public safety & community partners, are launching "Purple Ribbon Month" in memory of Kaitlyn Marie Russell. Following is a list of opportunities and events where parents and caregivers can learn more about "Purple Ribbon Month", pick up materials, and make a personal pledge to never leave a child alone in a motor vehicle...more

June 29, 2012
Water Safety Coalition Press Conference

  Media Kit  Kern Statistics  Kern Cares
Summer is upon us, and as we approach the Fourth of July, the Water Safety Coalition would like to highlight the importance of water safety. Please join us at the Kern River Campground to hear the latest on the conditions of the Kern River, and as we cover the basic water safety tips, including lakes, canals, swimming pools, and simple ways to teach water safety to your children. We promise great visuals, a demonstration from Search and Rescue, and practical advice for families to remember as we head into summer and the peak water season! Rescue and emergency vehicles will be on site, and experts available for one on one media interviews. Local drowning and drowning incident information will also be provided...more

June 28, 2012
Teen Parents Beat The Odds

(Bakersfield, CA) - On Thursday, June 28, 2012, the Department of Human Services (DHS) will celebrate the success of Kern County teen parents who have beaten the odds by graduating from High School or earning their GED. We are pleased to celebrate more than 100 youth who have accomplished this important milestone, in spite of the challenges they faced.

The CalGrad Graduation Celebration will bring students and their children from all over Kern County to celebrate their accomplishment together. The Graduation program, which begins with sign in at 10:00AM at the Kern County Museum, 3801 Chester Avenue, Bakersfield, will honor these teenage parents who have chosen to remain focused and motivated in order to complete their high school education... more

January 30, 2012
February is Safely Surrendered Baby Awareness Month

(Bakersfield, CA) - For most people, the birth of a child is a happy occasion celebrated with family and friends. But for some women, childbirth becomes a crisis - and the decisions made following an infant's birth can be a matter of life or death for the child.

The Safely Surrendered Baby Law responds to the increasing number of newborn infant deaths due to abandonment in unsafe locations. First created in January 2001, the Safely Surrendered Baby Law was signed permanently into state law in January 2006. The law's intent is to save lives of newborn infants at risk of abandonment by encouraging parents or persons with lawful custody to safely surrender the infant within 72 hours of birth, with no questions asked...more

November 22, 2011
24th Annual DHS Holiday Cottage Grand Opening Celebration

The Department of Human Services announces the Grand Opening Celebration of the 24th Anniversary Holiday Cottage on Tuesday, November 22, 2011. The celebration begins promptly at 10:30am at The Ice House, 3401 Chester Avenue, Suite E... more

November 4, 2011
Fifth Annual Heart Gallery Gala Celebration

The Heart Gallery - A Gallery of Hope hosts the Fifth Annual Heart Gallery Gala tonight, Friday, November 4th , 2011 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Junior League of Bakersfield Community Center, 1928 19th street. We are excited to introduce you to the newest Heart Gallery children and several local Kern County families who have been completed through adoption. The public is encouraged to attend this free event coordinated by the Department of Human Services with support from our community partners in Adoption...more

October 28, 2011
November is National Adoption Awareness Month!

Please join us in celebrating November as National Adoption Awareness Month here in Kern County! We invite the community to join us for the 5th Annual Heart Gallery Gala, returning this year to the Junior League of Bakersfield's Community Center, 1928 19th street. The event will be held on First Friday Downtown, Friday, November 4th, from 4 - 7 PM. The event will include a resource fair, where community members can talk with a variety of agencies that support the adoption process in Kern County. The Junior League of Bakersfield will also be offering tours of their new "Girls Achievement Program Training Room," a room dedicated to meeting the needs of foster girls nearing emancipation...more

October 12, 2011
Foster Youth Learn Life Skills - 9th Annual "Independent City"

Imagine turning 18 and being out on your own without a family to fall back on. How would you feel? For many teens in foster care, that is the reality they face. But with the help of the Independent Living Program at the Department of Human Services, "Independent City" is just one effort being made to help equip these youth with the tools they will need to succeed...more

September 28, 2011
CalFresh Grant Offers Opportunity to Tackle Obesity Crisis in Kern County

Kern County Department of Human Services Director Pat Cheadle and Public Health Services Director Matt Constantine are pleased to announce that Kern County has been identified to receive a one-time grant that will be used to help both agencies work towards improving the wellbeing of county residents, with a focus on CalFresh recipients...more