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Helping kids in crisis. Building strong families.

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. 

If you are experiencing an immediate crisis situation, call the National Crisis Hotline at 800-448-3000.


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 first evening Amelia came to us, she was already asking when she could go home. You see, even though the conditions of the car were terrible, that was what she’d always known. 

Kara

The truth is, neglect and homelessness are real. And children are living with these realities every day.


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The Johnson family was at a breaking point when they called CEDARS. Continue reading to find out how CEDARS was able to help the Johnson family grow strong.

As a Family Support Specialist, Tia uses her passion for helping others to walk alongside families as they learn to connect and grow.

Connection is an important part of any relationship. Here are a few ideas to get you thinking about incorporating more opportunities to connect together in your family.