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 homeless youth ages 16 to 21 and state wards ages 16 to 19 for whom independent living has been identified as a goal. 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 access an application to the Bridges program, please click on the title above.

  • 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.

  • TLC Group Home

    CEDARS Teaching, Learning, and Connecting (TLC) home is a community-based residential center designed to meet the needs of teen females, ages 13 to 18. Youth staying here receive tutoring, take part in therapeutic groups, and recreational activities. Families of the youth at TLC are a key part of their success and are encouraged to participate in activities and special events.

  • 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.

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