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.

Big Changes = Big Emotions

Big Changes = Big Emotions

Nine-year-old Tyson came to CEDARS when caring neighbors reported concerns about his home life. We immediately identified a loving foster family for him. Like all children do, Tyson needed to live in a house where he could experience the everyday routines that make a home, as well as build trusted relationships that will give him the foundation for a successful future.

Tyson had many big emotions about the changes in his young life. He felt a sense of loss at leaving the only home he had ever known. He felt embarrassed because he was in foster care and struggled to relate to his friends. He also felt guilt for liking his new foster family. These emotions, plus many others are common for a child in Tyson’s situation. But his foster parents persistently and gently demonstrated love, understanding and support.

After just a few months, Tyson became comfortable enough to talk to his foster parents and our staff about his feelings. He was able to express himself and we listened. It was this acknowledgment of his feelings that gave Tyson confidence to open up and share more and also to feel comfortable in his new home.

Since then, Tyson has started to think of himself as a leader among his friends and asks how he can help both with his friends and at home.

As always, we feel incredibly grateful for your confidence in our work and commitment to the children in our care. It is thanks to your support that children like the Tyson have safe, loving homes and bright futures. Thank you.