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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. From our offices in Omaha and Lincoln, 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 helps kids in foster care see all they can be.

Millie was unsafe at home and went to live with a foster family who wanted to make a real impact.

They say they will never forget the day that Millie came to live with them. They were so nervous about how their daughter would react, and although it wasn’t always easy, the girls became inseparable!

Millie became a part of their family. She helped the family see all they could be
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What's New

CEDARS is here to ensure that all kids have a safe environment where they can grow and thrive. One way that we are pursuing this goal is by continuing to grow the reach and scope of our services. This led us to make the decision to open a new...

Today, we are highlighting the amazing work that Jay Voigt and Barbara Maldaner do as our Education Team! These fun-loving and joyful folks enthusiastically help kids in our care to meet their...

CEDARS has been selected as a finalist for The Big Give—a local philanthropic initiative presented by Union Bank & Trust. Vote CEDARS before Friday, August 26th to help us receive $100,000 to help more kids in our community.

Meet Janie, a little girl who achieved milestones with her foster home and joyfully moved back in with her birth mother after months of hard work.