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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.


Get To Know Sarayh

Get To Know Sarayh

CEDARS: What was it like when you were a kid?
Sarayh: My favorite childhood memory is that I grew up with a lot of neighborhood friends that I still get to speak to today.

CEDARS: How long have you worked at CEDARS?
Sarayh: A year and a half!

CEDARS: What do you currently do at CEDARS?
Sarayh: I visit clients, helping them work on their goals and expectations that must be met. Helping the clients get jobs and focus on their educational goals is highly important in a typical day of meeting with clients. It is fun getting to know the kids and helping them achieve success.

CEDARS: What keeps you coming to work each day?
Sarayh: Knowing that I am able to have a positive influence or attempt to motivate the youth I am serving.

CEDARS: How do your values play a role in your work?
Sarayh: In this line of work, teamwork is one of the most important values. Having coworkers I can count on, community partners that can communicate with and youth who can respect the help of our services.

CEDARS: What is your favorite part about your job?
Sarayh: That I can count on coworkers not only professionally but also as friends.

CEDARS: Tell us about a fun time in the office.
Sarayh: Every now and then we have our own “prank” wars on each other in the office. We rearrange each other’s office supplies, tell jokes, go have lunch all together, we try to keep things lighthearted and fun.

CEDARS: What do you like to do when you’re not at work?
Sarayh: I like to vacation, read books, and cook new recipes! It is all about trying new things and enjoying the good things in life.

CEDARS: Is there one particular client that you feel was significantly impacted at CEDARS?
Sarayh: I can think of a young person who was going through a rough time at home and felt she was not able to talk to her parents about any problems and would come to me. I helped bridge the gap with her parents so she was able to learn to rely on them as additional support.

CEDARS: What would you say to someone considering going into the type of work you do?
Sarayh: I would tell them they need to have compassion and patience for the youth in this community and a desire to help not only the youth but the families who need our services.  

CEDARS: What is something you want to make sure everyone knows about you or your work?
Sarayh: We don’t do it for the money. We do this kind of work because we truly care and want to make a positive difference for the youth who are at risk.