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 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. 

A few short months ago, Noah and his mother were living in complete fear. Noah’s mom was suffering ongoing verbal abuse and physical beatings at the hands of Noah’s father. She worried about Noah witnessing his dad’s violent behavior. But ultimately, his mother worried that one day Noah himself would become the target of his father’s anger.


Every day, innocent children live in the frightening chaos of abuse and neglect.

What's New

As a trauma therapist, Allyson helps families and staff to see the “why” behind children’s behaviors.

When we begin to understand our children’s underlying needs, it allows us to work with them to find a better solution.

Julia had come to CEDARS with nothing, so our staff took her to the supply closet to pick out pajamas, underwear and socks. Julia was shocked and excited that someone would offer her these items.