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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

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.


Tremain's Story

Tremain's Story

For many youth who come into our care, instability at home can lead to trouble in other areas of their lives, such as school. As our community prepares to go back to school this month, we wanted to share with you the story of a youth who found success at CEDARS this past spring.

Fourteen-year-old Tremain felt overwhelmed by school. He was frustrated that he couldn’t seem to learn as fast as other kids in his class and embarrassed when teachers would call on him and he didn’t know the answer. To cope, he used behaviors that were inappropriate and which repeatedly lost him friends and got him sent home. His mother was distraught but realized she didn’t have the answers, nor did she know whom she could trust for help.

Because we have relationships with the schools in our community, we got in contact with the family and offered our services. We underscored that we wanted the family to succeed and remain together, not to be split apart. Tremain’s mom tearfully agreed that she wanted that too.

We worked closely with the family to set a course of action, including helping Tremain’s mom learn a style of consistent parenting. As with anyone encountering change, it was difficult for Tremain to adjust to new boundaries and expectations. After a particularly heated exchange over dinner one evening, he walked out the door.

Tremain’s mom called us in panic. She wanted Tremain at home where she knew he would be safe. We worked to locate Tremain and listen to his concerns. When he was ready, we took him home. His mom hugged him tight and expressed her thanks over and over.

With time, her new consistent style of parenting helped bring stability to Tremain’s life and in time he used fewer and fewer inappropriate behaviors. We worked with Tremain to begin establishing healthy boundaries with friends, and to get caught up on his schoolwork so that each day didn’t feel quite so overwhelming.

Tremain is looking forward to another successful year at school. With a new backpack full of supplies from our generous friends, he had the confidence to make a great first impression this week when school resumed, and he plans to continue to build positive relationships with his many friends.