The Dream Center
1212 18th Street (Map)
Bakersfield, CA 93301
Phone: 661-636-4488
Fax: 661-636-4501

The Foster Youth Dream Center is a collaboration between the Kern County Network for Children, Foster Youth Services, local buisnesses, public agencies, non-profits and community members.

Dream Center Hours
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(excluding public holidays)

Building a Community for Foster Youth Since 2008

The Kern County Network for Children (KCNC) working together with our community partners has created an innovative resource center for foster youth that serves as an easily accessible, inviting hub for comprehensive, integrated services and unique job training.

The Dream Center assists current and former foster youth transition to independence and self-sufficiency. Services utilize a formal case management system, with co-located staff from Kern County Probation, Kern County Mental Health, Bakersfield College, Kern High School District and our Department of Human Services Independent Living Program on-site and available to reduce the duplication of services and increase service accessibility for youth.

Dream Center Goals

  • Timely & appropriate school placement for foster youth.
  • Assist foster youth with advocating for their own needs.
  • Assist foster youth with completing their educational and/or vocational programs.
  • Assist foster youth with successfully transitioning to independent living and higher education, vocational job training programs, etc.
  • Weave together resources available through Kern Mental Health System of Care, Health System, Child Welfare Services, Probation, Schools, Employment Services, etc.
  • Provide an integrated and comprehensive linking and referral system.
  • Facilitate the integration of case management and supportive services among agencies and community-based organizations that cross systems.
  • Provide foster youth with opportunities to participate in and build informal support networks.
  • Provide foster youth with hands-on job training and experience operating a small business.
  • Invite foster youth to provide input in service delivery design, evaluation, and County policy development.

Donate Your Items & Help A Foster Youth!

When a foster youth emancipates, they often have very little when they move into their first home. The Dream Center helps ease the transition by providing youth with school supplies, personal hygiene items,and baby items donated by the community. If you are interested in please check out this list of items we are now accepting at the Dream Center!

Bus Pass Policy

If you are unable to get a bus pass at the Dream Center, you may go to the main DHS building at 100 E. California Ave (corner of Union and California). You go into the Social Services Lobby (The smaller lobby to the right of the main lobby as you are facing the building) from 2-4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Just tell the ladies at the desk you are an ILP youth thereto get a bus pass and they will call an ILP worker.


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