Pass the Pinwheel to Prevent Child Abuse


Too many children suffer from child abuse at home, at school, in their community. This April, take a moment to review the signs of child abuse and promise to report them when you see them.
Share your commitment by spreading Aspiranet’s Pass the Pinwheel image on your social network.

It’s a simple action that can save a child’s life.

Click here to learn more about the signs of child abuse.

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National Autism Awareness Month; New Autism Screening Tool

National Autism Awareness Month highlights the growing need for concern and awareness about autism. Aspiranet’s Family Focused Support Network for Autism and Developmental Disabilities is actively involved in the diagnosis, treatment, and support of families and individuals challenged by autism and is engaging in awareness activities throughout California during the month of April. More about National Autism Awareness Month.

Do you suspect your child or a loved one may have autism? As part of Aspiranet’s activities during National Autism Awareness Month, we’re launching an Online Autism Screening Tool for parents. Find out more.

If you’d like to speak with a member of the Aspiranet team about your concerns or questions, please contact the Aspiranet Family Focused Support Network online, or give us a call at (408) 229-0775.



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Give Foster Youth a Home for Every Holiday

If you saw Aspiranet’s PSA during “A Home for the Holidays”, we invite you to contact us or call 877-380-HERO to learn more about becoming a foster parent.

You can also watch our no-commitment online orientation that explains the foster parent certification process with Aspiranet in just 20 minutes.

Foster parents change the lives of youth in foster care. If you feel inspired to be a foster parent, please partner with us on your journey.


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Murder Mystery fundraiser for Kern County foster children promises to be the cat’s meow with 1920’s theme, Oct. 15

Fun murder mystery event hosted by Aspiranet, one of California’s largest, nonprofit social service agencies to benefit thousands of children and teens in foster care.

(BAKERSFIELD, Calif.) – It’s the Roaring 20’s – a time of flappers, coppers, gangsters and Hollywood glamour. Aspiranet, one of the largest nonprofit social service agencies in California, needs your help to solve a great caper for charity at the grand opening of its new joint – The Four Deuces Speak Easy – on Oct. 15.

All proceeds from the make-believe murder mystery fundraiser will benefit foster children served by Aspiranet throughout Kern County.

Guests at the fundraiser might include 2011 reincarnations of President Calvin Coolidge, Clark Gable, Greta Garbo, Al Capone, Claudette Colbert, Bonnie and Clyde, Mae West, Joan Crawford, Laurel and Hardy, Charlie Chaplin, Fred Astaire, Shirley Temple and Marlene Dietrich. Could one of these be you? Guests will be assigned a character and role to play for the evening upon registration.

What: Murder at The Four Deuces, a Murder Mystery Fundraiser for foster children hosted by Aspiranet

Date:  Oct. 15

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Where: Fountain Court Plaza, 1001 Tower Way, Bakersfield

Cost: $35 per person or $60 per couple

Tickets: Call 661-323-1233 or visit

Sponsorships are welcome from local businesses or by private donation.

Aspiranet has served Kern County with foster care, adoption and family support services since 1997.

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Local contact

Celia Anthony – District Director

Aspiranet of Bakersfield
(661) 323-1233

Media contact / Interviews / Publicity

Consortium Media Services

Adrienne Stephens, 805-654-1564 x116

About Aspiranet

Aspiranet, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charity, supports foster children, siblings, families, and the community with 35 core programs offering specialized services through 44 satellite centers within California.

Founded 35 years ago as a six-bed group home for young boys in Moss Beach, Calif., Aspiranet is one of the most diverse nonprofit social service agencies in the state. With a statewide network of innovative services, Aspiranet has touched the lives of over 10,000 families and children since its founding.

Aspiranet’s vision of bringing families together and helping foster children, siblings, and parents thrive is realized through six areas of expertise – Family Services, Foster Care, Adoption, Education, Afterschool programs, and Community Partnerships. For more information, please visit

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Aspiranet Website Honored by Web Marketing Association

We’re excited to share that Aspiranet’s website,, received a Standard of Excellence award in the non-profit category by the Web Marketing Association. Now in its 15th year, the WebAward program is the premier annual website award competition that names the best Web sites in 96 industries while setting the standard of excellence for all website development.

Aspiranet launched our redesigned website in Nov. 2010 after months of collaborative effort internally and with our web design partner, Loewy Design. Our primary goal was to improve the experience of our website visitors and make our 35-plus programs accessible and understandable. Since its launch, our website has lead us to many new supporters and opened up windows of opportunity for the families we serve in ways we never anticipated.

We’d like to thank all of our web visitors, Aspiranet team members and, especially, Loewy Design for their patience and support. This WebAward is a great validation of our collective hard work.

We look forward to the future and the opportunity it brings to make our web presence even stronger.


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Understanding AB 12

The AB 12 awareness section on our website provides easy-to-understand updates and information on the AB 12 implementation progress.

AB 12 extends foster care benefits for eligible youth aging out of the foster care system in California. Instead of leaving youth without support after their 18th birthday, AB 12 provides transitional youth with access to resources and mentorship until they turn 21.

Please visit our AB 12 awareness page to stay informed. If you have any additional questions, contact us or give us a call at 877.380.HERO.

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Summer 2011 Aspirations Newsletter

The latest installment of our Aspirations newsletter in support of foster families is now available.

Within this issue, we celebrate foster care month by recognizing outstanding Aspiranet foster parents. We also discuss the importance of high school graduation for foster youth and how to successfully transition from foster care to independence.

Click here to read the online version of Aspirations in English. For the Spanish version of Aspirations, please click here.

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Foster Care Month at Aspiranet

67% of youth in foster care are older than six years old. At Aspiranet, our greatest need is for foster parents ready to welcome teens and siblings into their homes and lives.

In celebration of Foster Care Month this year, we are dedicating our awareness efforts to educating potential foster parents and the general public about the importance of finding loving homes for teens in the foster care system.To learn more about fostering teens with Aspiranet, please visit our awareness page.

Would you like to attend an event to learn more about fostering teens? We’re hosting educational seminars and open houses throughout California in the coming weeks. Please visit our events page to see what’s happening near you!


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