Who We Help

CEDARS is here to help children and youth achieve safety, stability, and enduring family relationships. Last year, CEDARS served 2,441 individuals and 194 families. Additionally, CEDARS provided 105,824 nights of care to children and youth unable to stay at home. Today, CEDARS will serve nearly 800 children and youth.

  • For those children and youth who are unable to live at home due to abuse, neglect, homelessness, running away or family crises, CEDARS provides an array of safe places to stay that offer structure and support while working to facilitate a successful transition to a more permanent living situation.

  • Family resources focus on maintaining healthy connections and helping families remain together with services designed to help the entire family. CEDARS also provides children with early and ongoing developmental opportunities in an inclusive, diverse environment to help them become better learners in nationally accredited classrooms.

  • For youth who are at risk for, or who have committed law violations, CEDARS provides positive development programs to prevent subsequent law violations and prepare them to live successfully in the community. Youth receive support in the areas of education, employment, basic living skills, crisis stabilization, and healthy relationships.

If you are experiencing a crisis situation, call the National Crisis Hotline at 800-448-3000.

It's open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and staffed by specially trained counselors representing more than 140 languages, along with a TDD line (800-448-1833). Parents, teens and families can find help with abuse, depression, chemical dependency, runaways, school issues, parenting troubles, and much more.

To learn more about any of CEDARS services, please call 402-434-5437 or email

Julia had come to CEDARS with nothing, so our staff took her to the supply closet to pick out pajamas, underwear and socks. Julia was shocked and excited that someone would offer her these items.

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.