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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.

What's New

A fundraising effort is currently underway to raise funds necessary for construction and operation of the new first-of-its-kind facility in Lincoln. CEDARS will receive $250,000 from Lancaster County and is poised to receive $1,000,000 from the state of Nebraska to help launch their new initiative, Carriage House.

Tonight, over 300 kids in Lincoln are experiencing homelessness...

Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) is an integral part of the work CEDARS does to be here for kids and families. An aspect of TIC is building positive...