Legacy Family Services

A Message from our CEO

The importance of a Social Worker

Legacy Family Services


Legacy was established as a California Corporation. It is a small business & has a management that is actively involved in the day to day workings of the business. Finances aren’t managed from a distant office, & the Administrator is available for a local meeting. At Legacy Family Services we provide to our resource families the very best in foster care services & support; from the first phone conversation with us, to the placement of your first foster child in your home. We will orient, educate, support, & carry out all necessary steps to certify you as a resource parent. We also provide the premier social work services available in California. We are available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, everyday, all year, including holidays. With over a decade of experience working in the foster and adoption industries in the state, you won’t find a better prepared, more knowledgeable, more committed group of social workers, educators, & administrators. Foster care refers to the system within a state that cares for minor children when it has been deemed by the court & a child protection agency that the child’s parents are unable to properly care for them.

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Director of Marketing & Recruitment
Patricia Marquez
Legacy Family Serices

Thanks for taking the time to visit our website and for considering the monumental (and monumentally-rewarding) call to foster a child in Kern County, Santa Barbara, or Tulare County.

Our children are enduring a scary time in their lives, having been removed from their biological parents. Thanks to generous, community-minded people who open their own homes, Legacy has the privilege to place these kids in safe, nurturing environments. Sometimes, their stay will be very short; maybe just a day. Other times, a child will spend months or even years in a foster home. Moreover, some children will need a long-term guardian or adoptive parent. No matter the duration of time you are willing to foster, there is a great need for your help! 

We hope that you’ve found answers to many of your questions here. Even more importantly, we hope you’ve grown comfortable enough to download our free “Complete Guide to Fostering” or maybe even attend one of our weekly orientations (Thursdays at 11am or 6pm in Bakersfield). Becoming a foster parent might seem a bit intimidating, but Legacy’s dedicated staff and selfless social workers are here for you every step of the way.

We can’t wait to meet you!
Patricia Marquez

Chief Executive Officer
Martin Hansen

Chief Operations Officer
Mark Corey, MSW
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Chief Financial Officer
 Sherri Nelson
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Social Services Worker
Robert “Shane” White, BSW
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Social Services Worker
 Dolores Sanchez, BA

Supervising Social Worker
Melissa Ross, MA
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Social Services Worker
 Kelly Kleinhammer, MSW

Social Services Worker
 Jessica “Eva” Adams, BS

Stephanie Asher, MFT

Court Ordered Facilitator
Karina Martinez, BSW

Substance Abuse Counselor
 Larry Kindred

 Delma Salazar

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Legacy has been serving children & families since 2002. We have worked with hundreds of families & even more foster children. This is important since resource families rely on that experience when they are working with children. Additionally, Legacy has a working understanding of the laws & regulations surrounding foster care. Our agency can promise you small case loads (the number of children a social worker is responsible for), interesting & enjoyable training classes, web based library, video resources, & the very latest in innovative parenting techniques—all intended to assist you as you parent your foster children & make your time with us smooth, satisfying, & easy.


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To unlock the potential of families & individuals.

To develop employees that model integrity & healthy living.

To build a legacy for all of our clients.

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We believe that there is no other success that can compensate for the failure of the family unit. We believe that our ability to accomplish this lies in financial strength, excellent clinical & client services, superior employee development, & most of all, an unyielding code of ethics. Through these foundations, we are assertively pursuing opportunities to build a legacy for all children, & adults who might not otherwise have one.

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The need is great. Foster care in California is currently in an urgent state. We need more qualified, kind, & willing families to undertake this important role. As the number of children that enter foster care increases every year, the number of parents willing to foster decreases. Now, more than ever, we need you. If you have the yearning to love & care for children in need, we invite you to contact us. You will change lives for the better & the children you foster will bless & inspire you for years to come!

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