CEDARS’ Pete Dennis recognized for extraordinary efforts in work with foster youth

Above and beyond is the only way Pete Dennis knows to serve others. Whether that meant adopting the children he had already opened his home to as a foster parent, or being available anytime, day or night, for the foster families he works with in his role at CEDARS.

Dennis’ efforts to impact lives were recently recognized with the Lucy Nevels Child Care Worker of the Year award by the Nebraska Association of Homes & Services for Children. The award was presented to Dennis for demonstrating a level of support for children, youth and families that shows true compassion and understanding for each child.

“Foster Parents often have doubts as to whether they are capable of caring for youth with behavior problems or a history of trauma. Pete has an amazing way of going into the situation, calming things down and finding realistic solutions to problems in order for a child to remain in that home. He is brilliant at not only helping Foster Parents identify the strengths of the youth in their home but also helping Foster Parents to see the strength and skill that they possess. He has the ability to make everyone involved feel confident, safe and at peace,” said Michaela Young, CEDARS Foster Care Manager.

The Nebraska Association of Homes and Services for Children works to promote and improve quality in the continuum of care for Nebraska children and their families through advocacy, education, cooperative efforts among members, and effective communication between providers and the State of Nebraska.