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January 13, 2020
Human Trafficking Awareness Month

(Bakersfield, CA) – We invite you to join us in recognizing January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month here in Kern County, which will be proclaimed by the Kern County Board of Supervisors during their January 14th meeting.
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August 22, 2019
New Lobby Hours

(Kern County, CA) – Beginning September 30, 2019, the Kern County Department of Human Services’ offices throughout Kern County will open at 7:30 a.m. and close at 4:00 p.m. These offices include: Bakersfield, Delano, Columbus Center, Lake Isabella, Lamont, Mojave, Ridgecrest, Shafter & Taft. Additionally, our Call Centers’ (on Wilson Road in Bakersfield) hours for receiving calls will be 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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July 15, 2019

(Bakersfield, CA) – The Kern County Department of Human Services, with support from First 5 Kern, Canyon Hills Preschool, Kern County Fire Department, Kern County Sheriff, Bakersfield Police Department and the California Highway Patrol, are once again launching “Purple Ribbon Month” in memory of Kaitlyn Marie Russell.
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March 25, 2019

(Bakersfield, CA)- On Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019 the Kern County Board of Supervisors will proclaim April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Kern County. During this brief presentation at the Board's 9:00AM session, the Department of Human Services (DHS), with support from our partners, will highlight the importance of child abuse prevention and ask the community to help us in our efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect. Child Abuse Prevention Month is an opportunity to promote community awareness of the serious problem of child abuse in Kern County and to encourage positive actions needed to stop preventable harm to children. The Department of Human Services will partner with the Kern County Network for Children, Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, and numerous committed agencies, parents, relatives, community volunteers, public policymakers and professionals working together to eliminate child abuse in the county and give our children hope, security and safety.
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January 30, 2019
February is Safely Surrendered Baby Awareness Month in Kern County

(Bakersfield, CA) – On Tuesday, February 5th, 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.
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January 14, 2019

Due to the current federal government shutdown, the state of California plans to issue February 2019 CalFresh benefits early to most of the 3.8 million currently eligible California families. At the request of the United States Department of Agriculture, most people currently receiving CalFresh benefits will have benefits available on their EBT cards as early as Wednesday, January 16 for their February benefits. Typically, benefits post to EBT cards between the 1st to the 10th of each month. This does not affect new CalFresh applications from being accepted or processed.

It is important for families receiving these early benefits to be aware that if they receive these early benefits that NO ADDITIONAL BENEFITS will be issued in February. Families receiving their benefits from January 16-20th are encouraged to be aware and prepare to save these February benefits until they would normally spend them for their February food and nutrition needs.
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January 8, 2019
Job Fest Series Dates announced for 2019

(Bakersfield, CA) – The Kern County Department of Human Services is pleased to announce the 2019 Job Fest Series, bringing employment opportunities to every region of Kern County. The Job Fest series is just one way DHS is working to improve the lives of children and families in our communities.
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