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.

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.

Toby's Story

Toby's Story

Toby is a twelve-year-old boy who lights up when he talks about Pokémon, the game you can play on your phone.

We came to know Toby when it was discovered that his home was not a safe place for him—and the search for a foster home for him began. We thoughtfully placed Toby into a loving CEDARS foster family, knowing that we would be there to support the family every step of the way, no matter the time of day, no matter what the family needed.

At first, Toby was nervous to be away from the only home he had ever known. To help break the ice, we mentioned to Toby’s foster father that Toby likes to play Pokémon. Within minutes, they were playing and laughing together as they found common ground by simply having fun.

It has been just under a year now that Toby has been living with his foster family. Our team has worked passionately helping them navigate the sometimes emotional rollercoaster of getting to know one another and building a trusting relationship. Through these times Toby has found this family to be committed to him. In fact, we are pleased to share that Toby will be adopted by his foster family very soon, and we are so happy for them.