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.
"I originally came to work for CEDARS because I was a client several years ago. The staff during my stay had a lasting impact on me and I wanted to come work with kids like myself and have that same impact."
We’ve seen parents and teens struggle to figure out how they want to relate to one other. Giving respect is one way that can dramatically alter your relationship with your teens. It can work with children of all ages, but this article will use teens as an example.
“There are so many kids that need family that will just love them and take them in their home," says Carmen. "There are so many great resources out there to help families do it. I’m doing it. And it’s all through CEDARS.”