It is the mission of CEDARS to help children achieve safety, stability, and enduring family relationships.
For over 70 years, thousands of vulnerable children and youth have found safe refuge and a new beginning at CEDARS. One of Nebraska’s most trusted child-service organizations, CEDARS makes sure that children feel safe and secure. At the same time, we’re giving parents, foster families, and partnering agencies the support they need to care effectively for children.
The COVID-19 outbreak has added a new layer of challenge to our work. We want you to know that we are doing everything we can to provide support and care for children who have no other safe place to go – children like Maya.
A few short weeks ago, Maya and her mother were living in complete fear. Maya’s mom was suffering ongoing verbal abuse and physical beatings at the hands of Maya’s father. Protecting her child, Maya’s mother found the courage to pack up their belongings and leave.
Although grateful to be away from the fear of the physical harm that gripped her each day, what lay ahead was frightening, too. We have been honored to provide Maya with a safe place to stay while we walk alongside her mom as she puts the pieces of their new life together.
This Spring, the need for CEDARS vital services intensified. Please help.
An increase in remote working, changes in the way consumers shop, and other factors meant the real possibility that kids wouldn’t have access to much needed items like summer clothing and activities.
Morgan is a fierce advocate for kids. Through the uncertainty of the past few months, she has prioritized building powerful relationships with the kids and families she serves.
Previously, those interested in becoming a foster parent were required to attend class in person, but due to current restrictions, training classes have been made virtual so that new classes weren’t postponed.
Some parents of the kids who utilized our before and after school programs recently found themselves out of work and facing significant stressors. Kira's mom wondered how they were going to make it through these difficult times.