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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.

Shelly

A Lifeline to a Child in Need.


We Became Foster Parents, And You Can Too

We Became Foster Parents, And You Can Too

Brian and Karren Husa take pride in their loving family.

“We’ve taken care of three foster children,” says Brian, “and we’ve been blessed to add two of them to our family forever.”

“It’s amazing,” adds Karren. “These kids are resilient. It seems like one hug, one smile, one toss of a ball and they were in. They felt like they were part of your family—not excluding their bio family. Now they just had two families.”

Kids come into foster care for a variety of reasons. Ultimately, CEDARS goal is to either safely reunite children with their families or help find a permanent home for them. Until these goals can be achieved, foster families give kids stability and room to grow as individuals.

With offices in Lincoln and Bellevue, the Nebraska-based CEDARS organization has been serving children and families for over 70 years. The CEDARS Foster Care team works every day to ensure that over 200 foster children and youth flourish in loving families. Because foster parents are an integral part of the CEDARS professional team, they are equipped with exceptional training, have access to support 24/7, monthly support groups and quarterly gatherings for foster families.

Brian and Karren believe that it wasn’t any special quality that allowed them to make a difference for children, but it was the conscious decision to open their hearts and home.

“They just need to be loved and hugged and a family that they can sit at the dinner table with and eat together,” says Karren.

CEDARS staff walk alongside children and families every step of the way. With encouragement, guidance and direction, the team has the honor of watching lives change.

It is important to know that there is no typical CEDARS foster family. CEDARS foster families include parents with children at home, single adults, and empty nesters. To help, all you need is a stable home, an open heart and a willingness to reach out to a child in need.

“To get involved with foster care,” says Karren, “is life changing in the most amazing way you’ll ever know. Changing the life of even one child is huge.”

If you have ever considered fostering and would like more information, fill out our foster parent information request form. It's quick and simple, and we'll get back to you with more information!