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.

Sander's Story

Sander's Story

When we first met Sander he was unable to look any adult in the eye. This lingering impact from childhood abuse was negatively affecting his ability to be actively engaged in a number of activities in life, including school. At school, he was distrustful of teachers and didn’t like sitting still in the classroom. His teachers, unaware of his history, thought he was being disrespectful.

Sander’s teachers and other adults in his life misunderstood how Sander was interacting with them and often grew frustrated. This made Sander afraid and led him to avoid participating at school and at home, skipping school altogether and running away.

When Sander’s truancies became a burden to his success we were contacted because of our experience in supervising and advocating for teens with a history of unaccountable time.

We provided Sander with a high degree of one-on-one support not only to keep him safe and in school, but also to help him learn to engage with the adults in life. We also provided Sander with necessary therapeutic supports so that he could overcome the traumatic experiences in his past.

As we demonstrated for Sander that we only wanted him to succeed, he slowly began to see for himself that success was possible. We facilitated interactions with safe adults in Sander’s life and encouraged him to make eye contact and shake hands. Sander quickly proved that he could interact not only with his fellow students but with his teachers and his principal.

As Sander grew confident in himself, he didn’t need the level of support we were providing. We wanted him to stretch his wings, practice this confidence and gain experience without us at his shoulder.

We have since heard from his school administrators that his grades are improving, and he is on track to finishing high school on time. We are so proud of his hard work!