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.

Every Kid Deserves Family

Every Kid Deserves Family

May is National Foster Care Month. We’d like to say a big thank you to all of our foster homes (120 of them!) for being an integral part of our team in helping to care for children and youth in loving home environments. One of those youth who has found success through the everyday routines of a nurturing home is Eric.

Eric had a difficult childhood. Instability in his living situation put him at a disadvantage for learning and growing. When abuse crept into his young life, Eric started running away. This fight or flight response is a common coping mechanism many children who experience trauma develop.

When the abuse was discovered, Eric came to CEDARS. We immediately identified a loving foster family for him.

Starting in a new home with a foster family is a big change for a young person. Although Eric’s foster family did everything to ease his transition and CEDARS staff were available 24/7 for support, Eric still had symptoms related to the trauma he had experienced.

Eric ran away from his foster home. But his foster family understood that it wasn’t about them. They knew running away was related to the history of trauma he’d experienced . Eric was found safely and brought back to his foster home. With support from CEDARS staff, Eric began to relax into the routines in the home. In this nurturing environment, his overall ability to grow and learn improved as well.

Recently, Eric told CEDARS staff that he feels the happiest he has ever been because he feels like he has family.