It is the mission of CEDARS to help children 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.
Every day is different for Shelly, Travis, and Julia. They wake up, not knowing if they will eat breakfast or go to school like other kids their age. They don’t even know if they’ll wake up to a parent at home or be completely alone.
Shelly, Julia and Travis are close in age, the youngest in kindergarten and the oldest in fifth grade. And for the last two years the children’s parents have been battling addiction.
This means days when there is no food to be found in the children’s home; when for hours each day they may be left alone to care for themselves and with dreadful feelings of uncertainty about the days and weeks ahead of them.
A Lifeline to a Child in Need.
"In my role, if I can help prevent abuse and neglect by offering parenting education, resources, or simply showing a family that someone does care, then perhaps we can keep children in their homes with their families, safely."
When we met Alana a few years ago, she had just found out she was pregnant and didn’t have any adults in her life she could turn to for support.
It's not too early to begin "baby-proofing" even before you bring your baby home. Changes can happen quickly, before you even realize what your baby is capable of getting into.