For seven decades, CEDARS has been here to help children in crisis and build strong families. As one of the largest nonprofit children’s service organizations in Nebraska, CEDARS is committed to keeping children safe while helping them to rebuild their family situation or find their forever family.
Now, more than ever, there is a critical need for foster homes in our community. There is no typical CEDARS foster family. Our foster families include parents with children at home, single adults, couples hoping to adopt, and empty nesters. To help, all you need is a stable home, and open heart, and a willingness to reach out to a child in need.
As a CEDARS foster parent, you are not alone. The CEDARS foster care team works closely with our foster families to determine the best placement for them, and then walks alongside the family for their entire experience.
Every kid deserves family. Will you be the one to help?
How old do I have to be?
Can I be single?
Is my home large enough?
The State of Nebraska requires 35 square feet of room in any home per foster child. Foster children and biological children may share a bedroom as long as it is age and gender appropriate, but must be provided appropriate privacy.
Will I be trained?
CEDARS Foster parents are required to undergo 30 hours of training prior to being licensed and also complete ongoing training once licensed. Families are supported 24 hours, 7 days a week by staff who are easily reached via phone, night or day. CEDARS has been providing foster care in the community for over 15 years, and the staff bring a combined 125+ years of experience to the table to advocate for children and serve alongside their foster families. This means that they are a professional team, completely equipped to train and support new and experienced foster parents.
Can I work outside the home?
Yes, and in fact, proof of a source of income must be supplied.