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.

Hazel and Leona's Story

Hazel and Leona's Story

Hazel and Leona, sisters only a year apart in age, came to us because their living situation was unsafe. Leona, the younger of the two, was only a year old at the time. Doctors were concerned about her development which was delayed because of the neglect and abuse she had endured.

The foster parents in our network do not shy away when a child is in need. Gail and Robert opened their hearts and home to Hazel and Leona, knowing the reality of the trauma the girls faced and knowing the depth of love and attention they would need to wrap around these girls to create a stable childhood for them.

At first Leona wasn’t making much progress. But Gail and Robert—and Hazel too—kept their positive attitudes because they believed that Leona could overcome any obstacle.

In the nurturing arms of Gail and Robert and with the encouragement of her sister, Leona has made great progress. She has caught up to many developmental milestones for children her age.

Most parents celebrate milestones such as when a child rolls over for the first time or when a child sits up on their own, but for parents and foster parents of children facing extreme odds, these milestones are cause for even greater celebration.

It has been a great joy to see Leona’s development while in the nurturing arms of Gail and Robert. With supportive foster parents and an encouraging sister, Leona has made great progress.

With the support of the CEDARS Foster Care team, Gail and Robert plan to adopt both girls and turn the safety and stability they have provided into enduring family.