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Kern County celebrates Reunification Day

Parents work to regain custody of their children
Posted at 11:38 AM, Jun 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-01 20:34:18-04

There are about 2,000 children in Kern County's foster care system. They range from newborn to over 17 years old.

Friday, Kern County officials will celebrate parents of those foster children working their way to regain custody of their children in the foster care system. 

A spokeswoman for Kern County's Human Services, Heidi Carter-Escudero, said, these children came into foster care due to neglect or abuse. And the parents have proven they can provide a wholesome, safe and loving home environment for the their children. 

Amber Newels is one of the 32 families being honored at the ceremony. She was recently reunited with her children and has this message for parents who've had their children taken by Child Protective Services. 

"The women that do have CPS cases, just be strong and don't break because there is hope at the end of the tunnel. You will get your kids back if you want them back," said Newels.  

Officials told 23ABC more than 120 families have been reunited with their children since last year.