It is the mission of CEDARS to help children who have been abused, neglected, and homeless achieve safety, stability, and enduring family relationships.
For over 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.
Before eleven-year-old Amelia came to CEDARS, she was living in a car with her mom. The car was out of gas and the battery was running low. Despite having gone without bathing for over a week and eating only minimal food for longer, Amelia was willing to give a small smile—whenever she would look up from her dog-eared book.
The work of CEDARS is never finished.
Before neglect interrupted their young lives, Abbi and Sam had looked forward to the occasions when they would get to visit their grandpa.
Becca supports foster families as they learn to grow together. She's passionate about giving children respect and advocating for their needs.
The CEDARS Foster Care Team has worked with hundreds of foster families in the community and surrounding area and answered many questions about what to expect on the journey of fostering. Here is their list of top “must-knows” for anyone considering becoming a foster parent.