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.

5 Reasons to Become a Foster Parent

5 Reasons to Become a Foster Parent

You might have heard about fostering a child and wondered if it was for you. Keep reading to find out why fostering is such an important role and how it can change lives for the better.

1. It has an impact on generations. When a child is able to grow up in a stable and loving home, he or she can observe all the nuances of what it means to be a family, the roles, responsibilities, and values. When he or she is older that will become important when he or she has a family of his or her own.

2. There aren’t enough foster parents in our community. Unfortunately, sometimes we have to turn children away because we don’t have enough foster families in our area. At CEDARS, we want all children to have a safe place to spend each night.

3. A family is the best environment for a child to learn and grow. When a child is unable to stay safely at home, a foster family can provide the stability to give a child the foundation for a successful future.

4. A child can’t have too many people to love them. When you as a caring adult open your heart and home to a child in need, you’ll discover the rich rewards of having your heart grow bigger to love one more.

5. CEDARS will walk alongside your family every step of the way. Before a foster child arrives, our team of professionals will equip you with exceptional training. You will have access to on-call support 24/7, monthly support groups and opportunities to meet and interact with other foster families.

Foster parents play a special role in the life of a child. If you would like more information, please contact Adrianne Poppe at 402-890-1410 or

Hear from real foster parents about their experience with CEDARS Foster Care [Video]