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.

Hazel and Leona's Story

Hazel and Leona's Story

Hazel and Leona, sisters only a year apart in age, came to us because their living situation was unsafe. Leona, the younger of the two, was only a year old at the time. Doctors were concerned about her development which was delayed because of the neglect and abuse she had endured.

The foster parents in our network do not shy away when a child is in need. Gail and Robert opened their hearts and home to Hazel and Leona, knowing the reality of the trauma the girls faced and knowing the depth of love and attention they would need to wrap around these girls to create a stable childhood for them.

At first Leona wasn’t making much progress. But Gail and Robert—and Hazel too—kept their positive attitudes because they believed that Leona could overcome any obstacle.

In the nurturing arms of Gail and Robert and with the encouragement of her sister, Leona has made great progress. She has caught up to many developmental milestones for children her age.

Most parents celebrate milestones such as when a child rolls over for the first time or when a child sits up on their own, but for parents and foster parents of children facing extreme odds, these milestones are cause for even greater celebration.

It has been a great joy to see Leona’s development while in the nurturing arms of Gail and Robert. With supportive foster parents and an encouraging sister, Leona has made great progress.

With the support of the CEDARS Foster Care team, Gail and Robert plan to adopt both girls and turn the safety and stability they have provided into enduring family.