Here for kids. Here for families.

It is the mission of CEDARS to help children achieve safety, stability, and enduring family relationships.

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.

See What I Can Be.


Jessica was unsafe at home. Her life was very hard for such a young kid.

She entered foster care at age four to achieve the safety she had always deserved.

Jessica lived with a variety of different families for the first nine years.

When she turned 13, she went to live with the Johnsons.

The Johnsons were great and showed Jessica what family was supposed to be like as they supported her through her ups and downs. 

They never stopped believing in Jessica and what she could be.

From infancy to young adulthood, CEDARS is here to ensure all kids have a safe environment where they can grow.

Learn more about becoming a foster parent today.

Meet Rico

Meet Rico

At CEDARS, we recognize the value in everyone's contributions to carry out our mission of helping children find safe and enduring family relationships. The talent, passion, and dedication that each member of the CEDARS team brings to our efforts increases our ability to succeed. Our staff is extraordinary, and so each month, we would like to introduce you to a member of our team.

Meet Rico, Service Director for CEDARS Juvenile Justice Services

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in a small town 15 minutes west of Grand Island: Wood River, NE population 1,250

What was your family like?
I grew up with both my mother and father in the home as well as my 3 brothers. I have one brother that’s 2 years younger, one that’s 6 years older and one that’s 8 years older.

What is your favorite childhood memory?
Playing baseball along with all the other sports. Beginning at age 5 I was heavily involved in athletics. I also enjoyed traveling to all my older brothers’ sporting events.

How long have you worked at CEDARS?
I have been with CEDARS for 9 years. When I first broke in with the agency I was a care coordinator. I worked with Office of Juvenile Services state wards who were coming home from a higher level of care. It was my responsibility to assist them in getting back into the community successfully.

What do you currently do at CEDARS?
I currently oversee the Tracker and Electronic Monitoring programs (which serve youth who are at-risk of an out-of-home placement or who are returning home from a higher level of care), the Reporting Center (which helps youth who need a structured environment during the hours that they are not at home to develop life skills), and Education Specialist position.

What is your favorite part about your job?
Working with the team that I have. From the newest member to the most seasoned… Their work ethic, drive and compassion are second to none.

What do you like to do when you’re not at work?
I love spending time with my family. Especially going into the yard and playing sports with the kids. I also love spending time with my friends on the golf course.