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Helpful Resources When Considering Adoption in Bakersfield, California
This page provides adoption information to those who live in Bakersfield, California or in the Kern County region. If you are considering giving your baby up for adoption, we have gathered information about Pregnancy Resource Centers/Crisis Pregnancy Centers to assist you to confirm your pregnancy, clinics where you may get prenatal care, and a list of hospitals with birthing centers.
For those in Kern County who wish to adopt a baby, further below on this page you will find home study agency resources and helpful information to assist you with the adoption process.
Additional resources for expectant mothers and prospective adoptive parents in other areas throughout the state of California may be found on our California State Page.
Pregnancy Resource Centers in Bakersfield and Kern County, California
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. Many 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. Two Pregnancy Resource Centers offering assistance in Kern County are:
Pregnancy Clinics in Bakersfield and Kern County, California
Pregnancy Clinics are staffed by medical personnel and can address most aspects of prenatal care and family planning. They are able to perform STD and cancer screenings (pap smears, and sometimes mammograms), and can prescribe and distribute contraceptives. There are several providers of affordable prenatal care in Bakersfield and throughout Kern County:
Information about health coverage for pregnancy care is available for women in Bakersfield with limited financial resources is provided at Covered California.
Hospitals Serving Bakersfield, California
Prospective adoptive parents and expectant mothers may wish to communicate with medical professionals about hospital plans or have other inquiries. The hospitals in Bakersfield and the surrounding region that offer birthing centers are:
- Adventist Health Bakersfield
- Bakersfield Memorial Hospital
- Kern Medical Center
- Mercy Hospital Downtown
Completing the Home Study in Bakersfield and Kern County, California
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 and financial information, and personal background. Check out the List of Expected Adoption Home Study Questions on our page. Here are some home study providers licensed to conduct home studies for those who live in Bakersfield, California or the Kern County area:
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 Bakersfield, California
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 agencies listed below:
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 the Metropolitan Justice Building.
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