Helpful resources


To report child abuse in Kern County, contact the Child Abuse Hotline, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at (661) 631-6031

Foster Care and Adoption

Kern County Department of Human Services
100 E. California Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93307
(661) 631-6000

Kern County Community Service Providers Resources Directory

Listing of family resources (counseling, medical, shelters, hotlines, support, and more) in Kern County.

Community Care Licensing Division

The Community Care Licensing Division’s (CCLD) mission is to promote the health, safety, and quality of life of each person in community care through the administration of an effective collaborative regulatory enforcement system.

Foster Parent College

Interactive multimedia training courses for adoptive, kinship and foster parents.

Foster Care an Adoptive Community

Online license renewal training programs for foster parents.

QPI California

The Quality Parenting Initiative, a strategy of the Youth Law Center, is an approach to strengthening foster care, refocusing on excellent parenting for all children in the child welfare system.

Research and Policy Organizations

Children’s Bureau
Program, policy, data, training, and other information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children & Families.

California Child Welfare Council
State advisory body that considers recommendations to improve child and youth outcomes through increased collaboration and coordination among multiple agencies.

Child Welfare League of America
Information and research on national child welfare policies, programs, and practices.