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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

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.


When a Dropping Grade Is a Sign Of Much More

When a Dropping Grade Is a Sign Of Much More

Lonnie is a smart kid who is interested in becoming a computer programmer. He enjoys math and has always done well in school.

Unfortunately last fall, Lonnie’s living situation became unstable, causing him to miss class and his grades to drop. This instability prompted his school to ask us to give him some one-on-one attention to ensure his success.

During our first meeting with Lonnie, we noticed he had several tiny bite marks on his arms. After some investigation, it was discovered that there was an infestation of bed bugs in the hotel room where Lonnie and his mom were staying. Lonnie only had one outfit of clothing that he wore to school every day; his family couldn’t afford to wash it regularly or to purchase additional clothing.

Thanks to a few generous donors, we were able to provide Lonnie with several outfits for the warm weather at the beginning of the school year, as well as clothing for the coming fall and winter.

CEDARS staff were also able to support Lonnie’s mother by helping her secure stable housing that would provide a clean and healthy environment for her family.

These changes gave Lonnie more self-esteem and he now talks about his future with hope. Someday, he plans to build a computer game with his friends that anyone can play on their phones.

Having the stability of a loving family and a clean and healthy home is giving Lonnie the best childhood he can have to prepare him for his future.