All children deserve a chance.

Not just any chance, but a true opportunity
To have a childhood.
To dream.
To reach their fullest potential.

Reaching Out

More children are struggling with mental health issues today than ever before. In fact, behavioral and emotional disorders affect thousands of children right here in our community. And it is a sad truth that two-thirds of these kids never receive the help they need.

The good news is that treatment does work for those who receive it.

Child Guidance Center is dedicated to providing child-centered, family-focused mental health services in Lincoln. Utilizing a combination of unique programs and proven strategies to meet every individual's needs, we serve more than 2,000 children and adolescents each year.

The services we provide are available to all youth throughout the community, regardless of financial ability.

How Pets Make You Happier

They say a dog is man’s best friend and, well, they’re right! Science shows that pets affect our emotional well-being. They make us more social, more conscientious, have better self-esteem, and healthier relationships. Even just thinking about a cute animal curbs our loneliness and boosts endorphins. Still skeptical? Here are three ways pets make you a happier, better person:

Reduce stress—Had a rough day at work? Spend some time with your furry friend. Science shows that pets are more effective than medication in decreasing blood pressure, heart rates and the stress hormone cortisol.

Boost exercise—Dogs crave an active lifestyle and require their owners to live actively, too. According to Happify.com, “dog owners are 54% more likely to get the recommended amount of exercise.” Plus, owning a dog promotes more family activities and bonding.

Encourage empathy—While pets offer unconditional love and support, they always teach those values, too. Kids who grow up with dogs and cats display more empathetic personalities than those who grew up without pets.