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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.


Get to Know Schyler

Get to Know Schyler

CEDARS: Hi, Schyler! How long have you worked at CEDARS?
Schyler: I have been with CEDARS for a little over 2 years.

CEDARS: What keeps you coming to work each day?
Schyler: What keeps me going is knowing that I am helping youth and their families be successful. Some days can be more challenging than others, but when I have a family express gratitude for me being a support to them, it means so much to me because I know it can be challenging for a family to ask for help or to show appreciation. My favorite part is my ability to build relationships with clients and families. We see our families multiple times a week which can help us build stronger relationships and develop a trust. I believe that our ability to connect with our families helps them in their success.

CEDARS: Can you tell us how you’ve found your fit at CEDARS?
Schyler: I started off as an intern while in college and loved my experiences. This led me to working for CEDARS fulltime in the Life Skills Reporting Center. I enjoyed working with groups of kids and helping them build their skills, but I wished that I had more involvement in their progress. I applied and was offered a position as a Tracker which has helped me develop as an advocate for our clients and their families.

CEDARS: And what do you do as a Tracker?
Schyler: I am a Tracker, which means I support youth in the community as they work towards reaching their goals and obtaining life skills. A Tracker’s day is never the same as the last. We work on the fly which makes our job very interesting! I spend time in schools, homes and the community providing support to ensure that the youth can remain in the community safely and successfully. I also facilitate opportunities for kids in my care to get involved in positive activities, such as going to the YMCA or the library. One of the youth I am currently supporting has really opened up to seeking support, especially from CEDARS. He was guarded when I first started working with him, but recently he has been expressing just how much CEDARS has done for him.

CEDARS: What is something you want to make sure everyone knows about you or your work?
Schyler: The title “Tracker” can take on a negative meaning which is not true by any means. We do work with juvenile offenders, but these kids are just kids. We bridge the gap without labeling them as “bad kids” and we serve as a positive voice for them.