Considering adoption in or near Bakersfield or the Kern County area? Below you will find local agency resources and information about qualifying and getting started.
If you are pregnant, in the Bakersfield area, and considering adoption for your baby, included are resources and information about Pregnancy Resource Centers, Pregnancy Clinics/Family Planning providers, and hospitals in Bakersfield and the Kern County area.
Additional resources for expectant mothers and prospective adoptive parents throughout the state of California may be found on our California State page.
Completing the Home Study in Bakersfield and the Bakersfield Area
Most wishing to adopt a baby undergo a home study which is completed by a licensed child-placing agency. The purpose of a home study is to assess the suitability and capability of prospective Adoptive Parents to receive a child into their home. There are certain Adoption Home Study Requirements for each state. The process generally includes collection of information with questions about family history, health & financial information, and personal background. Check out the List of Expected Adoption Home Study Questions on our page. Two legally qualified home study providers licensed to conduct home studies for those who live in Bakersfield or the surrounding Kern County area are:
415-934-0300Adopt International is a non-profit adoption agency licensed throughout California and Hawaii. We are committed to building forever families through Domestic and International Adoption. Our staff is here to guide and support you throughout the entire adoption process.
The Family Network, Inc.
916-480-1101The Family Network, Inc., is licensed throughout Southern California.The Family Network, Inc. is currently licensed in the State of California for domestic, international and embryo adoption services. These services include: adoption home studies, relinquishment of parental rights, interstate compact agreements and administration, post placement reports, agency court work, coordination with placing agencies, and coordination with immigration. The Family Network is committed to serving all races and creeds with a special humanitarian focus on orphaned and impoverished children.
Become A Foster Parent In The Bakersfield, Kern County Area
Those who wish to make a difference in the life of a child that is a dependent of the foster care system in Kern County or the surrounding region may do so by contacting the Kern County Department of Human Services, or one of the licensed child-placing foster-care agencies listed below:
- Kern County Department of Human Services
- Children’s Bureau
- Kern Bridges Adoption Agency
- Pathway Family Services
Pregnancy Resource Centers
Pregnancy Resource Centers, sometimes also called “Crisis Pregnancy Centers” are usually not-for-profit clinics where expectant parents may seek assistance to confirm a pregnancy and review and discuss available options. Most Pregnancy Resource Centers are not staffed by medical personnel, and do not distribute contraceptives. Most are affiliated with pro-life organizations, so encourage parenting or adoption, however not all have religious affiliation. The Pregnancy Resource Centers (or Crisis Pregnancy Centers) serving Bakersfield, and all of Kern County, California are:
- Bakersfield Pregnancy Center
- Pregnancy Resource Center of the Kern River Valley (760-379-8893)
Hospitals In Bakersfield And The Surrounding Kern County Area
Prospective adoptive parents and expectant mothers may wish to communicate with medical professionals about hospital plans or have other inquiries. Contact information for hospitals in Bakersfield that serve the surrounding Kern County area is listed below:
Adventist Health Bakersfield
2615 Chester Ave.Bakersfield, 93301(661) 869-6430
Bakersfield Memorial Hospital
(661) 578-5081420 34th StreetBakersfield, CA 93301
Kern Medical Center
(661) 326-20001700 Mount Vernon Ave.Bakersfield, CA 93306
Mercy Hospital Downtown
(661) 282-18012215 Truxton Ave.Bakersfield, CA
If you would like to read up on adoption laws and regulations within both the United States and California, please visit the Adoption Network Resource Center to learn more and connect with legal professionals. You may also visit California Child Adoption Laws for more information.
The final step in the legal adoption process is finalization through court action. If your adoption is to finalize in California, the courthouse in Kern County where the matter will be filed and heard is:
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