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Helping kids in crisis. Building strong families.

It is the mission of CEDARS to help children who have been abused, neglected, and homeless 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. 


A few short months ago, Noah and his mother were living in complete fear. Noah’s mom was suffering ongoing verbal abuse and physical beatings at the hands of Noah’s father. She worried about Noah witnessing his dad’s violent behavior. But ultimately, his mother worried that one day Noah himself would become the target of his father’s anger.

Noah

Every day, innocent children live in the frightening chaos of abuse and neglect.


Every Kid Deserves Family

Every Kid Deserves Family

May is National Foster Care Month. We’d like to say a big thank you to all of our foster homes (120 of them!) for being an integral part of our team in helping to care for children and youth in loving home environments. One of those youth who has found success through the everyday routines of a nurturing home is Eric.

Eric had a difficult childhood. Instability in his living situation put him at a disadvantage for learning and growing. When abuse crept into his young life, Eric started running away. This fight or flight response is a common coping mechanism many children who experience trauma develop.

When the abuse was discovered, Eric came to CEDARS. We immediately identified a loving foster family for him.

Starting in a new home with a foster family is a big change for a young person. Although Eric’s foster family did everything to ease his transition and CEDARS staff were available 24/7 for support, Eric still had symptoms related to the trauma he had experienced.

Eric ran away from his foster home. But his foster family understood that it wasn’t about them. They knew running away was related to the history of trauma he’d experienced . Eric was found safely and brought back to his foster home. With support from CEDARS staff, Eric began to relax into the routines in the home. In this nurturing environment, his overall ability to grow and learn improved as well.

Recently, Eric told CEDARS staff that he feels the happiest he has ever been because he feels like he has family.