Through this unique partnership between business, government and community, the Kern Partnership for Children and Families is able to identify the specific needs not covered by traditional programs.
Business needs a strong community to succeed. A strong community means a dependable workforce and a growing customer base. Kern County families are your workforce and your customer base.
Kern County Children in Foster Care
Over 2,000 children in Kern County are in foster care. These are children removed from their birth families due to abuse or neglect and placed with other caregivers. However, the financial assistance provided for their care barely covers basic needs.
Each year in Kern County, approximately 200 youth emancipate or “age-out” of the foster care system. Research shows that within two to four years of exiting the foster care system, 50% of these youth will be unemployed and an estimated 25% will experience homelessness. Despite the fact that 70% of these youth express the desire to go to college, less than 15% achieve that goal.