Whether you are seeking information about how to adopt a baby, hoping to find the perfect family for their baby or facing an unplanned pregnancy, the guide below can help you. Here you will find legal information, home study providers, foster care resources, and hospitals around Bakersfield, California.

Additional information can be found on our California State Page.

Completing the Home Study in Bakersfield

For adoptive parents, a home study is required. This process helps ensure that every baby placed for adoption finds the right home.

To get started, or just to gather more information, visit our home study page or contact a home study provider in your area:

  • Kern Bridges Youth Homes
  • (661) 396-2301
  • 1321 Stine Rd, Bakersfield, CA 93309
  • “Our mission is to provide responsive solutions and trauma-informed care to Kern County’s vulnerable children by providing safe homes, accessible services, and engaging in ongoing quality improvement.”
  • Pathway Family Services
  • (661) 325-2570
  • 5000 California Ave #209, Bakersfield, CA 93309
  • “Since 2006, Pathway Family Services has answered the call to care for the needs of these foster children by training, certifying, and supporting resource families in their brave efforts to re-write the stories of abused and neglected children. Pathway Family Services has transformed the lives of a great number of abused, neglected, and at-risk children and their families by providing safe homes, counseling, resources, and education for both foster children and resource families. Established, proven, and respected, Pathway Family Services provides services to children in Kern, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Tulare, and Riverside Counties and is in the process of initiating services in San Bernardino County. Pathway Family Services is fully committed to seeing the lives of these precious children healed, restored, and set on a steady path for life-long success.”

Bakersfield Adoption Agencies and Adoption Professionals

When you are ready to begin the adoption process, you will likely need to work with an adoption professional to receive the services and support you need to complete the adoption. Some adoptive families and birth parents prefer to work with a local or regional adoption agency. The following adoption agencies have locations in Bakersfield and can ensure that you meet all California requirements as you move through the adoption process:

  • Kern County Human Services Bakersfield
  • (661) 631-6000
  • 100 E California Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93307
  • “The Kern County Adoption Agency is a full service adoption agency, licensed by the State of California Department of Social Services. Adoption Agency Services include, assessment of a child or children, moving children from foster care into a permanent home, various legal services required to facilitate adoption, and post-adoption services- including counseling referrals, birth parent and/or adoptee searches and background information.”
  • Aspiranet Hope Forward
  • (661) 323-1233
  • 1001 Tower Way, Bakersfield, CA 93309
  • “Aspiranet offers a unique breadth and depth of services for children and youth from birth through adulthood. We take a proactive, responsive and forward-thinking approach to the growing needs of the communities we serve.”
  • Koinonia Family Services
  • (661) 833-4483
  • 4600 American Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93309
  • “Koinonia Family Services was founded on February 3, 1982 and is a state-licensed, non-profit public service organization. During its 35-year history, Koinonia’s caring and compassionate staff and families have helped thousands of needy children begin a new life. Its headquarters is located in Loomis, California, a small suburban community located about 25 miles northeast of Sacramento.”

Become a Foster Parent in Bakersfield

If you are interested in becoming a foster parent in Bakersfield, contact any of the following regional agencies.

  • Koinonia Family Services
  • (661) 833-4483
  • 4600 American Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93309
  • “Koinonia Family Services was founded on February 3, 1982 and is a state-licensed, non-profit public service organization. During its 35-year history, Koinonia’s caring and compassionate staff and families have helped thousands of needy children begin a new life. Its headquarters is located in Loomis, California, a small suburban community located about 25 miles northeast of Sacramento.”
  • Foster Children Safe Haven
  • (661) 396-7025
  • 4201 Ardmore Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93309
  • “Foster Children Safe Haven is a not-for-profit, charitable child welfare organization helping kids throughout the San Joaquin Valley recover from abuse and neglect. All kids at Foster Children Safe Haven have some "special need" -- physical, emotional, medical, psychological -- often as a direct result of their abuse. The people who volunteer for, work for and donate to Foster Children Safe Haven connect vulnerable children with what they need and deserve: loving families caring unconditionally so all kids have a chance to lead healthy, productive, independent and happy lives.”
  • Legacy Family Services
  • (661) 493-7000
  • 1800 Westwind Dr #107, Bakersfield, CA 93301
  • “At Legacy Family Services we provide to our resource families the very best in foster care services & support; from the first phone conversation with us, to the placement of your first foster child in your home. We will orient, educate, support, & carry out all necessary steps to certify you as a resource parent. We also provide the premier social work services available in California. We are available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day, all year, including holidays. With over a decade of experience working in the foster and adoption industries in the state, you won’t find a better prepared, more knowledgeable, more committed group of social workers, educators, & administrators.”
  • Homes of Hope Foster Parent Training Center
  • (661) 800-5209
  • 601 Niles St, Bakersfield, CA 93305
  • “Homes of Hope Foster Parent Training Center provides safe, secure and nurturing homes for children who have been separated from the care of their biological families. When families are unable to care for their children, Homes of Hope Foster Parent Training Center works to find suitable homes for them with foster parents who can provide the appropriate care based on the children’s individual needs.”

Hospitals in Bakersfield

If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy and making an adoption plan for your baby, you will have the opportunity to make a hospital plan that outlines all of your preferences regarding labor and delivery. Find contact information of eligible hospitals in Honolulu below.

  • Kern Medical
  • (661) 326-2000
  • 1700 Mt Vernon Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93306

Legal Considerations

Adoption is a legal process. It is recommended that you read up on adoption laws and regulations within both the United States and California. 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.

Below is contact information of the Kern County Court System in Bakersfield, California that you may contact for additional help.

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