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.

Caring Adults Can Give Youth the Strength to Believe in Themselves

Caring Adults Can Give Youth the Strength to Believe in Themselves

From a young age, Rob was thrilled with adventure. He climbed the highest structure at the playground. He rode his bike as far as he could. He pushed the limits. Unfortunately, adventuresome is not the main descriptor of Rob’s childhood. He was also the victim of abuse.

It wasn’t until Rob was a teenager that the abuse was discovered and we became involved in his life. We sought to bring safety and stability into his life by placing him into a loving foster family. Rob still had an adventurous spirit, but having been without the type of adult role models who could nurture that spirit in a healthy way, Rob often acted out in ways that were unsafe.

In addition to supporting Rob and his foster family with 24/7 on call support, the CEDARS team was able to give Rob some extra structure to his days by providing him with a safe environment where he could develop critical thinking skills, self-esteem, as well as working toward his educational goals.

Like any teen, Rob wasn’t thrilled about the prospect of spending time outside of school in a structured environment with adult supervision where time was set aside for homework and tutoring. He would rather have been with his friends. But we knew this would be the best environment for Rob to grow and develop at that point in his life.

At CEDARS we believe that a child’s future is shaped by caring adults. No matter the situation they are in, the compassionate support and love of just one caring adult can offer them the chance to believe in themselves.

CEDARS staff got to know Rob and built a healthy relationship with him. They listened to him when he expressed his feelings about schoolwork and were able to share with him the positive things that would happen if he put effort into his studies.

It might seem simple, but sometimes youth in Rob’s situation don’t feel heard. Just by listening to Rob and talking with him on his level, he began to understand that those adults cared about him.

Now Rob knows that he has the support of caring adults in both his foster parents and CEDARS staff. Because of that, we know his future looks bright.