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.

Big Changes = Big Emotions

Big Changes = Big Emotions

Nine-year-old Tyson came to CEDARS when caring neighbors reported concerns about his home life. We immediately identified a loving foster family for him. Like all children do, Tyson needed to live in a house where he could experience the everyday routines that make a home, as well as build trusted relationships that will give him the foundation for a successful future.

Tyson had many big emotions about the changes in his young life. He felt a sense of loss at leaving the only home he had ever known. He felt embarrassed because he was in foster care and struggled to relate to his friends. He also felt guilt for liking his new foster family. These emotions, plus many others are common for a child in Tyson’s situation. But his foster parents persistently and gently demonstrated love, understanding and support.

After just a few months, Tyson became comfortable enough to talk to his foster parents and our staff about his feelings. He was able to express himself and we listened. It was this acknowledgment of his feelings that gave Tyson confidence to open up and share more and also to feel comfortable in his new home.

Since then, Tyson has started to think of himself as a leader among his friends and asks how he can help both with his friends and at home.

As always, we feel incredibly grateful for your confidence in our work and commitment to the children in our care. It is thanks to your support that children like the Tyson have safe, loving homes and bright futures. Thank you.