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

When a child is a victim of abuse or neglect, CEDARS is there to help. Read how we are raising community awareness for this important cause.

CEDARS team member, Cindy, supports families with the resources they need to be strong and successful.

All parents have inner strengths or resources that can serve as a foundation for building their own resilience and making their family strong. Here are some practical steps for parents to consider to build on their own strengths.