Helping kids in crisis. Building strong families.

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. 

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

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.

What's New

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Holly Hatton-Bowers and Julia Torquati talk about the importance of eye contact in a child's development.

Lincoln Public Schools highlight CEDARS Hartley Community Learning Center to celebrate its community impact.

Sharing facial expressions with young children is crucial to their growth and development. With new mask mandates, the need for intentional face-to-face interaction time between parents and children is more important than ever.