A. Miriam Jamison Children's Center
In 1981, the A. Miriam Jamison Children's Center was established in response to the growing number of reported child abuse cases in Kern County.
The Jamison Children's Center is a 24-hour emergency shelter and protective custody facility, operated by the Human Services Department of Kern County. As the only emergency shelter in Kern County for abused, neglected and exploited children, Jamison Children's Center temporarily houses children who are taken into protective custody by law enforcement agencies or social workers. Children come to Jamison Children's Center from all backgrounds and walks of life.
1010 Shalimar Drive
Bakersfield, CA 93306
"To provide children who need emergency shelter and protection a safe, warm and nurturing environment."
"Provide the abused, neglected, and abandoned children of Kern County a temporary, safe haven where their needs can be met."
- Assist the children with their personal care, education and recreational needs
- Assure that each child receives medical, dental, or mental health care when necessary
- Identify each child's unique needs and locate appropriate resources to meet them
- Assist the child's social worker in developing the best placement option for each child, whether it be reunification with the family or an alternative placement
- Provide child welfare staff appropriate information that is descriptive of the child's current physical, emotional and health status
- Promote the child's growth and well being by providing programs that promote self-esteem, self-reliance and a sense of accomplishment
Every month, more than 180 children are cared for at Jamison Children's Center. The children are provided the basic living essentials: food, clothing, shelter, education and health care. The center also provides a dedicated, hard working staff of teachers, mental health counselors, group counselors, medical professionals and other staff, including volunteers, to replace the children's fear with hope, and a sense of security.
The majority of children taken in by the Jamison Children's Center are under age 12. The average length of stay at the center is five days. Some children remain for longer periods of time. Children from infancy to 5 years old stay at the center no longer than six hours, requiring Human Services to constantly promote recruitment efforts for foster care homes.
Every day foster care homes are needed for:
- Long-term Foster Care (all ages)
- Emergency Foster Care (newborn - 6 years)
- Sibling Groups
- Medically Fragile Children
- Substance-exposed Infants
- Teenage Mothers and their Infants
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Partnerships & Collaborations
Partners collaborate to provide seamless service to meet the needs of children. Human Services partners with various agencies and community-based organizations to coordinate an immediate response in providing a protective environment for every child.
Kern County Superintendent of Schools
- Two Full-time Teachers
- One Substitute Teacher
- Two Instructional Aides
Kern County Mental Health Care
- Crisis Intervention
- Mental Health Evaluations
- Mental Health Counseling
- Follow-up Services with foster parents and/or parents to ensure the continuation of a child's care.
Kern Medical Center
- The Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP) Program provides physical and dental exams.
Jess Diamond Child Assessment Center
An on-site multi-disciplinary center, designed to decrease the trauma experienced by a victimized child.
- Human Services - Child Protective Services
- County Counsel of Kern
- Forensic Interviewers
- District Attorney's Office
- Kern County Sheriff's Office
- Bakersfield Police Department
- Kern Medical Center
- Kern County Mental Health Department
- Victim Witness/Kern County Probation Department
Volunteers & Community Support
Although Jamison Children's Center is funded through a county tax supported budget, government revenue is decreasing at a time when reported cases of child abuse continue to rise. Generous contributions of items and time by the people of Kern County assure the needs of children at Jamison Children's Center are met.
Opportunities to make a difference in a child's life exist for individuals who wish to volunteer on a regular basis, and for business and civic groups willing to donate their time and effort to take on a special project to benefit the Jamison Children's Center.
The Jamison Children's Center receives support from the community throughout the year. Donations of "gently used" children's clothing, shoes, toys and games are always welcome.
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