It is the mission of CEDARS to help children achieve safety, stability, and enduring family relationships.
CEDARS is here to ensure that all kids have a safe environment where they can grow and thrive. We walk alongside them, using a holistic approach that provides support from infancy through young adulthood, with a variety of services to meet individual needs.
We’re also here to walk with families, offering them resources, opportunities and education to keep their family connections strong. Our approach is trauma-informed and honors the experiences of those we serve, so families can become stronger and kids can preserve those connections as a central part of their support system.
These needs can’t be met by one person, entity or organization alone. That’s why we join together with organizations and individuals across the community to support kids and families. From policymakers to child welfare advocates, trauma specialists to local and state agencies, and community donors to partner nonprofits, we embrace the kind of togetherness that changes lives.
Helping all kids receive the best possible care builds a strong foundation and empowers them to develop skills and work toward independence. Providing this security and the opportunities that come with it is at the heart of our mission, and at the heart of the people who carry it out
Jessica was unsafe at home. Her life was very hard for such a young kid.
She entered foster care at age four to achieve the safety she had always deserved.
Jessica lived with a variety of different families for the first nine years.
When she turned 13, she went to live with the Johnsons.
The Johnsons were great and showed Jessica what family was supposed to be like as they supported her through her ups and downs.
They never stopped believing in Jessica and what she could be.
From infancy to young adulthood, CEDARS is here to ensure all kids have a safe environment where they can grow.
Learn more about becoming a foster parent today.
Learn about John, a Street Outreach Specialist who is making a big impact on the youth in our community!
Learn about Sara, a Family Partner who is making a big impact on the youth in our community!
Read about the importance of reading to young kids and how to do so effectively.
Any current or former CEDARS client enrolling in or starting college between July 2021 and April 2022 is encouraged to apply for this scholarship! Download this application to get started. Deadline to apply is March 15, 2021.