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. 

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.

What's New

More great conversation starters for the car ride home from school or the family dinner table.

A child’s future is shaped by caring adults. Read how CEDARS foster parents and staff gave Rob the chance to believe in himself.

All parents wonder if they’re getting it right. For any parent wishing to gain a deeper bond with their child, CEDARS is offering an eight-week class.