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KERN BRIDGES YOUTH HOMES

Where Children Thrive

aka KBYH   |   Bakersfield, CA   |  www.kernbridges.com

Mission

Our mission is to provide responsive solutions and trauma-informed care to vulnerable children by providing safe homes, accessible services, and engaging in ongoing quality improvement.

Ruling year info

1993

CEO

Mr John Joseph Bacon

Main address

1321 Stine Rd

Bakersfield, CA 93309 USA

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EIN

77-0168444

NTEE code info

Foster Care (P32)

Adoption (P31)

Residential, Custodial Care (Group Home) (P70)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Finding parents willing to adopt or foster "hard to place" adolescents.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Adoptions

The Adoptions Program originally served to assist KBYH foster parents in adopting foster youth in their care. Each year we have participated in a growing number of adoptions that now includes relative and kinship placements. In response to this growth, we have expanded the services we now provide to include a long list of pre and post-adoption services. These services include offering a support group and parenting classes, individual and family counseling that is specific to the needs of adoptive families, a large library of adoption related books, DVD’s, and parenting materials, in-home applicant support, 24-hour crisis hot line, respite care, and assistance with resource access.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Foster Homes: Kern Bridges provides resource families/therapeutic foster care homes for children from birth to 21 years old in need of specialized care (FFA LIC#157202791).
Currently, Kern Bridges has 37 foster homes and 58 foster children. This service represents 20% of Kern Bridges total revenues.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The purpose of Kern Bridges Youth Homes Group Home/STRTP Program is to provide a safe, stable and consistent environment for a maximum of 18 children and Non-Minor Dependents with serious emotional and behavioral difficulties. In this environment the children will be evaluated, their strengths and weaknesses assessed, a diagnosis established, a treatment plan designed and implemented by an educated and trained staff of social workers and child care workers in consultation from a licensed psychiatrist, clinical psychologist, and nurse, where appropriate. The program will be designed, primarily for male children between the ages of 13 and 18 years of age and Non-Minor Dependents.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Length of time to complete an adoption home study.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

The State would like this to be 12 weeks maximum, however the instrument we are required to use will not allow it to be completed in three months and sometimes families are slow to return paperwork.

Number of children discharged to a most desirable destination (parent, relative, adoption) vs aging out or incarceration.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The problem with this statistic is that it does not show percentage. In 2016 25 of 38 foster youth were discharged to their planned destination. In 2016 22 of 35 foster children were discharged to t

Number of serious behavioral incidents.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents

Related Program

Group Homes/Short Term Residential Therapeutic Program (STRTP)

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

In 2016, ninety seven of these State reportable incidents were youth going AWOL. In 2015 ninety eight of the 110 State reportable incidents were youth going AWOL.The others were self harm/injuries.

Number of child incidents requirng law enforcement involvement.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

This total does not reflect the origin law enforcement contact. Points of origin are, the client, the school, a community stakeholder, or our agency. KBYH calls are only made as required by statute.

Number of clients who are discharged when planned

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Finding parents willing to adopt or foster "hard to place" adolescents.

Community outreach through speaking, Facebook, WWW, and participating in community events that allow us to have a booth and get our message out.

We have hired a full time Resource Family Recruiter. In addition, we offer a small stipend to any foster family or employee that refers a family that eventually becomes a resource family and accepts a child for placement.

We continue to rank at or near the top in most areas of the CBI. We expend great effort to keep us at the top and to continue to improve by adopting new evidenced based strategies and always look for creative ways of getting our message out to the population.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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KERN BRIDGES YOUTH HOMES

Board of directors
as of 11/08/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Stephanie Baker

retired - Bank

Term: 2022 - 2025

Jeff Petrini

A-C Electric

Stephanie Baker

Retired-Bank Manager

William Slocumb

Attorney

Kim Clerou

Ronald Reagan School

Michael Nisser

Kern County Human Services

Kevin Danley

Young Wooldridge, LLP- Bakersfield, CA

Victor Swall

Bakersfield Police Department

Loni Theresa Hill-Pirtle

Dignity Health

Michael Conard

Dr. Technology

Geri Rivera

School Trustee, Arvin School District

Heath Neimeyer

CSUB

Day Anthony Smith

Business Owner

Ed Knudson

Retired-College President

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes