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.

Before eleven-year-old Amelia came to CEDARS, she was living in a car with her mom. The car was out of gas and the battery was running low. Despite having gone without bathing for over a week and eating only minimal food for longer, Amelia was willing to give a small smile—whenever she would look up from her dog-eared book.

The first evening Amelia came to us, she was already asking when she could go home. You see, even though the conditions of the car were terrible, that was what she’d always known. 


The truth is, neglect and homelessness are real. And children are living with these realities every day.

Toby's Story

Toby's Story

Toby is a twelve-year-old boy who lights up when he talks about Pokémon, the game you can play on your phone.

We came to know Toby when it was discovered that his home was not a safe place for him—and the search for a foster home for him began. We thoughtfully placed Toby into a loving CEDARS foster family, knowing that we would be there to support the family every step of the way, no matter the time of day, no matter what the family needed.

At first, Toby was nervous to be away from the only home he had ever known. To help break the ice, we mentioned to Toby’s foster father that Toby likes to play Pokémon. Within minutes, they were playing and laughing together as they found common ground by simply having fun.

It has been just under a year now that Toby has been living with his foster family. Our team has worked passionately helping them navigate the sometimes emotional rollercoaster of getting to know one another and building a trusting relationship. Through these times Toby has found this family to be committed to him. In fact, we are pleased to share that Toby will be adopted by his foster family very soon, and we are so happy for them.