Out-of-Home Residential Services

CEDARS commitment to help kids in crisis and build strong families is met by drawing upon a wide array of services, which our team can wrap around children and families to help them succeed.

Residential services are available for children and youth who are unable to live at home and need temporary out-of-home care due to abuse, neglect, homelessness, runaway, or other family crises. These programs offer individualized care that promote the development of emotional, social, educational, and vocational skills. Residential services emphasize a goal of family reunification, preparation for independent living, or securing an alternate long-term family placement.

  • CEDARS foster families provide a welcoming home to children and youth, ages birth to 18, who are unable to live safely at home. Our foster care program helps a child move from crisis to a stable situation all the while working to either return the child home safely or find permanency in the form of adoption, guardianship, or independent living. CEDARS provides respite care and support groups for children and families, as well as 24-hour support and high-quality, on-going training for the foster family.

  • Bridges offers community-based safe housing and support services to Probation and/or state ward youth ages 17 to 19 for whom independent living has been identified as a goal. The Bridges program may also serve pregnant or parenting youth who are homeless ages 17-21. Staff work closely with youth to develop life skills needed for independent living. Emphasis is placed on continuing the youth's formal education and achieving or maintaining employment while supporting their placement in apartments in the community. To apply to the Bridges program, you may utilize the Online Bridges Application or complete the downloadable application and return it to the mailing address indicated. If you are a caseworker or probation officer seeking to make a referral for Bridges placement, please contact Sarah at intake@cedars-kids.org or (402) 436-5437.

  • CEDARS Emergency Shelter

    CEDARS Emergency Shelter provides short-term care to youth, ages 12 to 18, who do not have immediate access to a safe living arrangement. Circumstances could include, but are not limited to: family homelessness; hospitalization of a parent; history of abuse, neglect, or domestic violence; or interruption of a foster care placement or short-term respite care. CEDARS Emergency Shelter has been in operation since 1947.

  • Street Outreach Services

    CEDARS Street Outreach Services (SOS) provides street-based assistance to runaway, homeless and at-risk youth in Lincoln, Nebraska. Without pressure or judgment, Street Outreach staff members support homeless youth as they work to leave the streets for safe shelter, secure permanent living arrangements or reunite with their families. The team operates out of the CEDARS Youth Opportunity Center, where any runaway, at-risk or homeless youth may drop in to receive assistance.

To learn more about any of CEDARS services, please call (402) 434-5437 or email info@cedars-kids.org.

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