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January 30, 2019
February is Safely Surrendered Baby Awareness Month in Kern County

(Bakersfield, CA) – On Tuesday, February 5th, the Kern County Board of Supervisors will proclaim the month of February as “Safely Surrendered Baby Awareness Month” during their 9:00 AM meeting. The Safely Surrendered Baby Coalition is planning a series of events throughout Kern County to bring attention to this important law.
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January 14, 2019
CALFRESH/SNAP BENEFITS NOTIFICATION
FEBRUARY 2019 BENEFITS WILL BE ISSUED EARLY

Due to the current federal government shutdown, the state of California plans to issue February 2019 CalFresh benefits early to most of the 3.8 million currently eligible California families. At the request of the United States Department of Agriculture, most people currently receiving CalFresh benefits will have benefits available on their EBT cards as early as Wednesday, January 16 for their February benefits. Typically, benefits post to EBT cards between the 1st to the 10th of each month. This does not affect new CalFresh applications from being accepted or processed.

It is important for families receiving these early benefits to be aware that if they receive these early benefits that NO ADDITIONAL BENEFITS will be issued in February. Families receiving their benefits from January 16-20th are encouraged to be aware and prepare to save these February benefits until they would normally spend them for their February food and nutrition needs.
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January 8, 2019
Job Fest Series Dates announced for 2019

(Bakersfield, CA) – The Kern County Department of Human Services is pleased to announce the 2019 Job Fest Series, bringing employment opportunities to every region of Kern County. The Job Fest series is just one way DHS is working to improve the lives of children and families in our communities.
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October 17, 2018
First Ever Wasco JobFest Planned

(Bakersfield, CA) – The Kern County Department of Human Services is pleased to announce a new addition to the 2018 JobFest Series, bringing employment opportunities to every region of Kern County.

Wasco JobFest will take place on Thursday, October 25th, 2018 at the Wasco Recreation Hall (Veteran’s Hall), 1202 Poplar Avenue in Wasco from 9:00 a.m. – Noon. More than 20 employers are expected at this FIRST EVER location for the JobFest series. This event is being held in partnership with the City of Wasco and the Wasco Recreation and Parks District. (Click here for dates and locations)

May 7, 2018
EBT CARDHOLDER OUTAGE NOTIFICATION

The state of California is transitioning to a new Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Vendor on June 30, 2018. Because of this transition, a statewide 24-hour EBT outage and black-out period is scheduled from Saturday, June 23, 2018 beginning at 11 p.m. until Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 11:00 p.m. During this outage, cardholders will not be able to access their EBT food or cash benefits.
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March 14, 2018
Bakersfield JobFest Assists 2,900 People!

(Bakersfield, CA) – The Kern County Department of Human Services is pleased to announce the 2018 Bakersfield JobFest was a success, bringing employment opportunities to 2,900 people who came out today to meet with 150 employers!
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March 12, 2018
Bakersfield JobFest – 150 Employers Confirmed!

(Bakersfield, CA) – The Kern County Department of Human Services is pleased to announce the 2018 JobFest Series, bringing employment opportunities to every region of Kern County. With Kern County’s overall unemployment rate at 9.2% the JobFest series is just one way DHS is working to improve the lives of children and families in our communities.
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March 5, 2018
JobFest Series Continues in Mojave

(Bakersfield, CA) – The Kern County Department of Human Services is pleased to announce the 2018 JobFest Series, bringing employment opportunities to every region of Kern County. With Kern County’s overall unemployment rate at 8.6 the JobFest series is just one way DHS is working to improve the lives of children and families in our communities.
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February 9, 2018
JobFest Series Resumes for 2018

(Bakersfield, CA) – The Kern County Department of Human Services is pleased to announce the 2018 JobFest Series, bringing employment opportunities to every region of Kern County. With Kern County’s overall unemployment rate at 8.6 the JobFest series is just one way DHS is working to improve the lives of children and families in our communities.
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January 26, 2018
February is Safely Surrendered Baby Awareness Month in Kern County

(Bakersfield, CA) – On Tuesday, January 30th, the Kern County Board of Supervisors will proclaim the month of February as “Safely Surrendered Baby Awareness Month” during their 9:00 AM meeting. The Safely Surrendered Baby Coalition is planning a series of events throughout Kern County to bring attention to this important law.

63 babies have been safely surrendered in Kern County since we began tracking those babies in 2006, including 6 in 2017.
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December 21, 2017
The 30th Anniversary Holiday Cottage
Filling the Wishes of Foster Children for 30 Years

(Bakersfield, CA) - The Department of Human Services is proud to report that over 1000 wishes of children in foster care were filled this year as part of our 30th Anniversary Holiday Cottage! We wanted to take the time to thank the community for their generosity in helping fill the wishes of Foster Children again this year! Many members of the community chose to fill BOTH wishes listed from the children in Kern County Foster Care, making the holidays just that much more special for these kids.
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November 9, 2017
The 30th Anniversary Holiday Cottage
Filling the Wishes of Foster Children for 30 Years

(Bakersfield, CA) - The Department of Human Services announces the Grand Opening Celebration of the 30th Annual Holiday Cottage on Monday, November 27th. The celebration begins promptly at 11:00 AM at our new location 2765 Calloway Drive, Suite 104.
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October 31, 2017
National Adoption Awareness Month Proclaimed

15th Annual National Adoption Day Planned
((Bakersfield, CA) – You are invited to join us in celebrating November as National Adoption Awareness Month here in Kern County.

The month will be kicked off with a proclamation from the Kern County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, November 7th at 9:00AM during the Board of Supervisors morning session held at 1115 Truxtun Avenue. Joining us for the proclamation will be one of our latest families growing their family through adoption, adopting the fourth child from a sibling set of four children.

Kern County’s 15th Annual National Adoption Day celebration will be held, Friday, November 17th, 2017, beginning with a press conference at 1:00 PM. We expect 40 adoptions on this day at Juvenile courts, as well as nearly a dozen private adoptions in the Family Courts Division.
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