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.


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Every Child Deserves Family

Every Child Deserves Family

Before neglect interrupted their young lives, Abbi and Sam had looked forward to the occasions when they would get to visit their grandpa. He would always make them chocolate chip pancakes and often they would visit the zoo together.

When Abbi and Sam came to CEDARS out of concerns for their safety, the children were distraught because not only were they leaving the only home they knew, but they thought they were never going to see their beloved grandpa again.

CEDARS mission is to help kids in crisis and to build strong families. Strong families are made through close family connections, both to loving biological family members and caring foster family members.

Abbi and Sam’s foster family were eager for the children to maintain that connection. Grandpa was invited over for weeknight dinners and holidays. He even accompanied the family on outings to the zoo, thanks to tickets provided by generous friends of CEDARS.

Without this commitment to Abbi and Sam’s wellbeing from their foster family, the CEDARS team who walked alongside them with 24/7 support, and community friends who believe in the mission of CEDARS, their story might have turned out differently.

We are pleased to tell you that after much hard work from our team, Abbi and Sam’s grandpa, and their foster family, Abbi and Sam have now become official members of their foster family through adoption.

We know they will always cherish the memories they made with their grandpa, just as they will cherish the memories they are continuing to make in their new home.