Helping kids in crisis. Building strong families.

It is the mission of CEDARS to help children who have been abused, neglected, and homeless achieve safety, stability, and enduring family relationships.

For 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. 

Little seven-year-old Kara will spend her holidays with us at CEDARS this year instead of at home. When neighbors reported concerns of abuse in her home, she came to stay with us. She told us she slept on the floor and hadn’t had anything to eat that day.  Her face lit up at the sight of the bed she could call her own.


Abused and neglected children need you this holiday.

Toby's Story

Toby's Story

Toby is a twelve-year-old boy who lights up when he talks about Pokémon, the game you can play on your phone.

We came to know Toby when it was discovered that his home was not a safe place for him—and the search for a foster home for him began. We thoughtfully placed Toby into a loving CEDARS foster family, knowing that we would be there to support the family every step of the way, no matter the time of day, no matter what the family needed.

At first, Toby was nervous to be away from the only home he had ever known. To help break the ice, we mentioned to Toby’s foster father that Toby likes to play Pokémon. Within minutes, they were playing and laughing together as they found common ground by simply having fun.

It has been just under a year now that Toby has been living with his foster family. Our team has worked passionately helping them navigate the sometimes emotional rollercoaster of getting to know one another and building a trusting relationship. Through these times Toby has found this family to be committed to him. In fact, we are pleased to share that Toby will be adopted by his foster family very soon, and we are so happy for them.