Success Stories

Letting Their Successes Tell the Story

The true measure of our success lies in the thousands of individual stories from children and families who have overcome painful pasts and built bright futures with our help. Read their stories...

The stories provided about the children and families in our care are real.
In some cases, names may be changed and details altered to protect their privacy and therapeutic interests.

We first met Olivia when she was in need of a safe place to sleep. She had recently run away from her living situation, which was unsafe for her. 

CEDARS Foster Parents Dave and Melinda learned that their daughter Addison has an older sister that was also in need of care. The couple hadn’t considered caring for a teenager before, but they knew they didn’t want Addison to be separated from her sister.

Thirteen year old Nikolai used to hate school. We met him this past spring when CEDARS was asked by his school to help provide support to him and his family.

Jamison put on a tough exterior and didn’t open up or get to know anyone. But the staff at CEDARS didn’t give up on him.

We first met Shannon when she was 17, a new parent, and experiencing homelessness because she was leaving an unsafe living situation in order to protect her daughter.

Colbie's foster mom, Anita wanted Colbie to continue to be successful as she grew into an independent young woman. That’s why Anita kept a bedroom open for Colbie when she left for college.

Late last year, as Rachel was expecting the birth of her first child, she began to grow worried. Who was she going to call when she had questions? Who could she ask for advice? CEDARS came alongside Rachel with resources, support and education.

The Johnson family was at a breaking point when they called CEDARS. Continue reading to find out how CEDARS was able to help the Johnson family grow strong.

Not long after we met the family, we discovered that Marisa and her children were near to facing homelessness.

Mikah came to us when home was not safe for him. Over his short stay, we noticed how easily he developed good rapport with his peers.

Ethan’s story began during last year’s holiday season, but the generosity of this community is what enabled his success months later. We wanted to make sure you heard about it.

Penelope started dropping in at the Youth Opportunity Center (YOC) earlier this year. At nineteen, she had been on her own for some time and was in a dangerous situation.

While Madey was staying safe in our care during a tumultuous period at home, one of the goals she set for herself was to find a job.

When we met Alana a few years ago, she had just found out she was pregnant and didn’t have any adults in her life she could turn to for support.

Now is the time that parents and kids alike are thinking about going back to school. It can be exciting, scary, confusing, cause for worry or joy. But for some kids, who are unable to live at home, it can be a cause to feel more difficult emotions as they see their peers getting ready to learn and they feel left behind.