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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.



Caring Adults Can Give Youth the Strength to Believe in Themselves

Caring Adults Can Give Youth the Strength to Believe in Themselves

From a young age, Rob was thrilled with adventure. He climbed the highest structure at the playground. He rode his bike as far as he could. He pushed the limits. Unfortunately, adventuresome is not the main descriptor of Rob’s childhood. He was also the victim of abuse.

It wasn’t until Rob was a teenager that the abuse was discovered and we became involved in his life. We sought to bring safety and stability into his life by placing him into a loving foster family. Rob still had an adventurous spirit, but having been without the type of adult role models who could nurture that spirit in a healthy way, Rob often acted out in ways that were unsafe.

In addition to supporting Rob and his foster family with 24/7 on call support, the CEDARS team was able to give Rob some extra structure to his days by providing him with a safe environment where he could develop critical thinking skills, self-esteem, as well as working toward his educational goals.

Like any teen, Rob wasn’t thrilled about the prospect of spending time outside of school in a structured environment with adult supervision where time was set aside for homework and tutoring. He would rather have been with his friends. But we knew this would be the best environment for Rob to grow and develop at that point in his life.

At CEDARS we believe that a child’s future is shaped by caring adults. No matter the situation they are in, the compassionate support and love of just one caring adult can offer them the chance to believe in themselves.

CEDARS staff got to know Rob and built a healthy relationship with him. They listened to him when he expressed his feelings about schoolwork and were able to share with him the positive things that would happen if he put effort into his studies.

It might seem simple, but sometimes youth in Rob’s situation don’t feel heard. Just by listening to Rob and talking with him on his level, he began to understand that those adults cared about him.

Now Rob knows that he has the support of caring adults in both his foster parents and CEDARS staff. Because of that, we know his future looks bright.