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Here for kids. Here for families.

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.

If you are experiencing an immediate crisis situation, call the National Crisis Hotline at 800-448-3000.


CEDARS is here for kids who have no other safe place to spend the night.

Too many kids in our community face extreme challenges due to homelessness, abuse, neglect and other obstacles to their success. That’s why CEDARS is here— to ensure that all kids have a safe environment where they can grow and thrive. We are honored to be here for these kids and their families with a range of programs offering support to kids who have nowhere else to turn. Your gift to CEDARS on Give to Lincoln Day will support services that provide emergency shelter for kids. From our Street Outreach team to our area’s only Emergency Shelter for kids to our network of 200 foster homes, this work has always been at the very heart of our mission.

Support the kids at CEDARS this Give to Lincoln Day.

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Meet Hasani, a teen who has fought for himself his entire life, but is now seeing the light at the end of the tunnel with the help of CEDARS.

Meet Joenasi, a determined teen who is beginning to thrive with the support of CEDARS.

Meet Beth! A Foster Care Specialist with CEDARS who walks with kids and families throughout their foster care journey.

Meet Skylar, a kind teen who has made a phenomenal transformation with the help of his CEDARS foster parents.