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 staff work closely with the children, biological parents, and foster family to build and maintain relationships. Individual families provide foster care and emergency placements for children, ages birth to 18. Permanency is the goal for each child, which includes reunification, adoption, guardianship, or independent living. Respite care and support groups are also available for children and families, as well as 24-hour support for the foster family and youth.
Bridges offers supervised community-based apartment living for youth, ages 16 to 21, who may have been homeless or are coming out of the formal child welfare system and are learning independent living skills. Youth may live alone or with a roommate, with access to 24-hour staff support. CEDARS staff help youth to continue their education, develop essential life skills, gain and maintain employment, and develop long-lasting support systems.
To access an application for admission, please click on the Bridges Transitional Living Program title above.
Boys Home helps male state wards in a group home setting. There, young men between 13 and 18 years of age live in a caring, home-like environment as they focus on school, family, daily living skills, and positive community involvement. Each day they have access to tutoring, therapeutic groups, recreational activities, and the chance to build independent living skills. We believe families are central to each youth’s success, and encourage family members to join in activities and specially-designed events.
Emergency Shelter is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week for children and youth, ages birth to 18. CEDARS Emergency Shelter provides short-term care for children and youth experiencing a crisis, or in need of safe shelter, as well as services for runaway and homeless youth and their families. The shelter welcomes children in sibling groups, as well as teen mothers and their children.
Each year, TLC provides a home and so much more to a group of girls, ages 13 to 18, who are in need of a caring, home-like environment where they can live and focus on school, family, daily living skills and community involvement. These young women have access to therapy, education assistance, healthy recreation and the opportunity to build independent living skills. We believe families are central to each youth's success and encourage family to join in activities and specifically-designed events.
To learn more about any of CEDARS’ services, please call (402) 434-KIDS (5437) or email