About Aspiranet REACH

In January 2018 Kern County and Aspiranet, a nonprofit whose programs include foster care and adoption, collaborated to develop an adoption support program. Our mutual goal was to strengthen and empower adoptive families. The result of the collaboration is REACH, a program designed to provide Resources, Education, Advocacy, Crisis Counseling and Hope to adoptive families in our community.

REACH services are available at no cost to adoptive families  in Kern County who have adopted, or are adopting through foster care. We also provide services for adults considering adoption through the foster care system.

While all families experience triumphs and challenges as they grow and change, adoptive families tend to encounter unique challenges. REACH offers the following services to support adoptive parents, adolescents and children.

  • Education, referral and advocacy services to help parents locate and access services in Kern County
  • Crisis counseling, support counseling, and case management services
  • Parent support groups for adoptive parents (child care provided)
  • Community education, presentations and workshops on adoption issues
  • An extensive adoption lending library
  • Referrals to local adoption professionals and child serving agencies
  • Quarterly newsletters
  • The REACH Kern County website

REACH services are available Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM. Feel free to visit our office or contact our staff for more information about assisting your family.

Aspiranet
1001 Tower Way, Ste. 250
Bakersfield, CA 93309
Phone: (661) 323-1233
Fax: (661) 323-8090

1001 Tower Way, Ste. 250 Bakersfield, CA 93309
661-323-1233
Contact Us

Shamra Tripp, LCSW

Adoption Associate Division Director
Ext. 4505

Carrie Ontiveros, MA

Program Supervisor
Ext. 1887

Patti Kasper, MA, MTh

REACH Adoption Social Worker
Ext. 1845

Kern County Adoptions continues to manage the Adoption Assistance Program. If you have questions about adoption funding, please direct your calls to the AAP Social Worker for Kern County Department of Human Services at (661)873-2400.