Celebrating Foster Youth:

kerncaresThe Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Kern County Network for Children work daily to provide opportunities and options that will empower Kern County’s foster youth. One place where this is accomplished is at The Dream Center. Established in 2008, the Dream Center is Kern County’s only one-stop resource center for current and former foster youth. Our team of on-site community agency partners from DHS, Kern County Mental Health, Kern High School District and Kern County Probation, provide youth with independent living case management, linkages to social services and post-secondary education, and one-on-one mentoring. Youth also receive immediate assistance with housing, emergency food, personal hygiene items and clothing, as well as access to computers, phone and transportation services.

Over the past year, the Dream Center has been building its capacity to provide high quality, personalized services to the more than 200 youth we serve each week. To celebrate these youth and help them build positive memories and traditions, we are happy to announce our 1st Annual Holidays at the Dream Center, which will begin on December 8th, 2014, with 12 days of planned holiday activities.

Celebrate the holidays with us at the Dream Center from December 8th – 23rd!
1st Annual 12 Days of Christmas
12pm—4pm


    Dec. 8 — Decorating Tree Day
    Dec. 9 — Stocking Decorating Day
    Dec. 10 — Holiday Cookie Day
    Dec. 11 — Make-A-Gift Day
    Dec. 12 — Holiday Card Day
    Dec. 15 — Hair Cut & Youth Portrait Day
    Dec. 16 — Make-A-Ornament Day
    Dec. 17 — Decorating Cake Pops Day
    Dec. 18 — Holiday Movie Marathon Day
    Dec. 19 — Gingerbread Houses Day
    Dec. 22 — Holiday Karaoke Day
    Dec. 23 — Dream Center Holiday Party

Activities will also involve:

  • Holiday Cottage gifts for AB12 youth
  • Holiday decorating of the Dream Center
  • Festive holiday party in December for youth
  • …much, much more!

    When foster youth emancipate, many times they have no support system. The difficulties they face on day-to-day basis can be amplified by the simplest of needs. Through donations, some of these needs can be met, and this support is very meaningful as it shows our Dream Center youth that this community cares for them and they are not forgotten.

    We would like to invite you to be part of this celebration in December and participate at any level of involvement that your schedule will allow. For more information or reserve a donation/volunteer opportunity, please contact Kim Silva at kisilva@kern.org

    Learn More About Local Efforts To Build Strong Families & Protect Children

    Contact Kern County Network for Children for more information!
    Mail: 1300 17th St.
    Physical: 1212 18th St.
    Bakersfield, CA 93301

    Phone: 661-636-4488
    Fax: 661-636-4501