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.

5 Reasons to Become a Foster Parent

5 Reasons to Become a Foster Parent

You might have heard about fostering a child and wondered if it was for you. Keep reading to find out why fostering is such an important role and how it can change lives for the better.

1. It has an impact on generations. When a child is able to grow up in a stable and loving home, he or she can observe all the nuances of what it means to be a family, the roles, responsibilities, and values. When he or she is older that will become important when he or she has a family of his or her own.

2. There aren’t enough foster parents in our community. Unfortunately, sometimes we have to turn children away because we don’t have enough foster families in our area. At CEDARS, we want all children to have a safe place to spend each night.

3. A family is the best environment for a child to learn and grow. When a child is unable to stay safely at home, a foster family can provide the stability to give a child the foundation for a successful future.

4. A child can’t have too many people to love them. When you as a caring adult open your heart and home to a child in need, you’ll discover the rich rewards of having your heart grow bigger to love one more.

5. CEDARS will walk alongside your family every step of the way. Before a foster child arrives, our team of professionals will equip you with exceptional training. You will have access to on-call support 24/7, monthly support groups and opportunities to meet and interact with other foster families.

Foster parents play a special role in the life of a child. If you would like more information, please contact Adrianne Poppe at 402-890-1410 or

Hear from real foster parents about their experience with CEDARS Foster Care [Video]