Important Changes Due to the COVID-19 Virus

  • During this time, the Department of Human Services is encouraging customers to utilize online self-service options. We have shortened our hours as a result of Kern County moving to an essential-staffing only model due to the quickly changing situation related to the COVID-19 virus. 
  • While our office will be closed to the public, we will continue to provide restricted in-person homeless services only between the hours of 7:30 AM and 1:00 PM. Our main lobby located at 100 E. California Avenue, Bakersfield, will conduct in-office interviews with our homeless clients by telephone utilizing the recently installed telephones in the lobby interview booths.
  • Due to these shortened hours and social distancing regulations, we are encouraging our clients to make use of our online options. Please go to and download the mobile app to apply for and keep track of your benefits, services, and application and redetermination forms. Applications for CalFresh may be made by phone at (661) 631-6062 and applications for Medi-Cal benefits can be made by calling 1-800-300-1506.
  • If you suspect child abuse or neglect, please call the Child Abuse Hotline at (661) 631-6011 (Countywide) or (760) 375-6049 in Ridgecrest. Reports of child abuse can be made at any time.
  • Also, due to our limited service hours, we are encouraging clients to contact the EBT Customer Service line toll free at 1-877-328-9677 to report a lost, stolen, or damaged card, as well as to request a card replacement by mail.
  • Information regarding services will also be available by phone at (661) 631-6000. We want to reiterate, all critical services will be provided during our shortened hours.

Thank you for understanding.


ILP/After 18

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ILP News

Extended Foster Care (AB12)

California law gives foster youth the option to remain in foster care and receive services and supports until age 20.

The Dream Center, 1801 19th Street, is the AB-12 Extended Foster Care re-entry site for Kern County.

21 Things: Don't Leave Foster Care Without These

EOPS at Bakersfield College - Textbook Rental

California Youth Connection

ILP Newsletters With Events Listed

When You Become 18 - A Survival Guide for Teenagers (Published by the State Bar of California)

ILP Services

What is ILP?

Learn more about ILP and other Transitional Services on our Transitional and Supportive Services page.

ILP Resources

ILP Contact Information

Located at the Dream Center Collaborative Office (1807 19th Street, Bakersfield, CA, 93301):

Robin Chambers
ILP Supervisor
(661) 636-4971

Monique Casas
ILP Social Worker
(661) 636-4946

Andrea Martinez
ILP Social Worker
(661) 636-4972

Maria Escalante
ILP Social Worker
(661) 636-4954

Located at the Dream Center (1801 19th Street, Bakersfield, CA, 93301):

Keith Hollins
Emancipated Youth Services
Transitional Housing Coordinator
(661) 636-4982

Tamara Roberts
ILP Social Worker
(661) 636-4944

Old ILP Trust Fund Money

Former Kern County Foster Youth who participated in various activities provided by the Department and other Community Based Organizations, may have a trust fund balance that was not disbursed when you emancipated. You may be eligible to receive funds for participating in these activities, such as, classes, workshops, THP Plus or ILP events.

Unclaimed trust funds have been transferred to the Kern County Treasurer Tax Collector Office located at 1115 Truxtun Avenue in Bakersfield, CA. The funds will remain with the Treasurer for three years until 2021. To verify if there are funds being held at the Treasurer's Office in your name, you may go on-line, go to the Kern County Treasure Website then select Unclaimed Money, from there you will search the database. If funds are located, please follow their instructions to claim the funds. Thank You.

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