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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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October 10, 2017
JobFest Retail Extravaganza Series
Holiday Hiring continues this Wednesday!

(Bakersfield, CA) – The Kern County Department of Human Services 2017 JobFest Series is working with Kern County retailers to help recruit seasonal workers for the Holiday shopping season. This Wednesday, October 11, job seekers can visit the Valley Plaza Mall and apply for positions with more than 25 participating retailers. Participating retailers include: Anthem Stores, Auntie Annes, Claire’s, Don Roberto Jewelers, FastFix Jewelry, Forever 21, Icing, JC Penney, JC Penney Portraits, NY & Company, Pandora, Piercing Pagoda, Que Pasa, Shoe Palace, Sports Fever, Sunglass Hut, and the Vans store. Additional retailers hiring, but requesting applicants to apply on line before coming include: Abercrombie & Fitch, Charlotte Ruse, Francesca’s, Hollister, Justice, Old Navy, Things Remembered and Victoria’s Secret. THERE WILL BE A PRIORITY LINE FOR THOSE THAT HAVE AN ONLINE CONFIRMATION FOR THESE SPECIFIC EMPLOYERS.

Job Seekers must visit each retailer to apply from 10 in the morning until 1:00 PM. On the Spot interviews will be available for all employers listed.

Valley Plaza Mall, Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.
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August 2, 2017
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. In Kern County, any woman in a crisis situation can safely surrender her infant to any Fire Station personnel or Emergency Room personnel, with no questions asked. The baby must be put into the hands of a responsible person at those locations, not left unattended, in order for it to be considered a safe surrender.
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July 21, 2017
JULY IS PURPLE RIBBON MONTH
Keeping Kids Safe in and around Motor Vehicles
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(Bakersfield, CA) – The Department of Human Services, with support from First 5 Kern, Bakersfield Police Department, Kern County Sheriff and the California Highway Patrol, proclaim “Purple Ribbon Month” in memory of Kaitlyn Marie Russell. A series of events have been planned 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 or older. 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.
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July 13, 2017
JULY IS PURPLE RIBBON MONTH
Keeping Kids Safe in and around Motor Vehicles

(Bakersfield, CA) – The Department of Human Services, with support from First 5 Kern, Bakersfield Police Department, Kern County Sheriff and the California Highway Patrol, proclaim “Purple Ribbon Month” in memory of Kaitlyn Marie Russell. A series of events have been planned 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.
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July 10, 2017
JULY IS PURPLE RIBBON MONTH
Keeping Kids Safe in and around Motor Vehicles

(Bakersfield, CA) – The Department of Human Services, with support from First 5 Kern, Bakersfield Police Department, Kern County Sheriff and the California Highway Patrol, are once again launching “Purple Ribbon Month” in memory of Kaitlyn Marie Russell.

These events hope 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.

July 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 19 children have died due to hyperthermia nationwide. Please join us as we kick off our awareness campaign by joining in some of our scheduled events.
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April 26, 2017
Foster Care Awareness Month Events Announced

(Bakersfield, CA) – May is National Foster Care Awareness Month. This month allows the Department of Human Services and our community partners the opportunity to celebrate foster children and the dedicated individuals & professionals who open their hearts and homes to care for the nearly 2000 children placed in out of home care in Kern County.
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March 29, 2017
Child Protective Services – A View From Within

(Bakersfield, CA) - The Kern County Department of Human Services will be holding a community forum on child abuse prevention on Thursday, March 30th at 11:00 am in the Board of Supervisors Chambers, 1115 Truxtun Avenue. The event is titled “Child Protective Services – A View from Within” and will be broadcast live on KGOV. The main purpose of this forum is to provide our community and partners an opportunity to understand the role of Child Protective Services, how the Department of Human Services works to strengthen families through innovative programs, and the role the community plays in assisting us in our mandate to protect the children in our community. The event will be moderated by Tom Corson, Executive Director for the Kern County Network for Children, and will include panel members from the Department of Human Services.
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