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About Us

COBYS Family Services is a Christian agency, affiliated with the Atlantic Northeast District of the Church of the Brethren. Founded in 1979 as a teen foster care program, we originally were named Church of the Brethren Youth Services (COBYS). Over more than a quarter century of service, we have grown into a comprehensive family ministry that now includes adoption and foster care services, counseling, family life education, and a permanency program.

Since 1989 COBYS has been headquartered in the historic Oregon Mill, north of Lancaster (near Oregon Dairy and Reflections Restaurant). To better reflect the broadened scope of services and clients, in 1992 we adopted the name “COBYS Family Services.” While the letters of the acronym “COBYS” no longer have meaning, the name “COBYS Family Services” has come to mean Christlike concern for children and families.

Our Mission

Motivated by Christian faith, COBYS Family Services educates, supports, and empowers children and adults to reach their full potential.

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Our Core Values

LIFE IS SACRED – Believing that all people are created in the image of God, we recognize the inherent worth of each client by exhibiting empathy, compassion, and respect.

INTEGRITY – We strive to be honest, authentic, and trustworthy in saying what we mean, matching our behaviors to our words, and taking responsibility for our actions.

FAITH – Jesus is Lord of our organization. We trust him to provide for our ministry’s needs and to empower transformation in our own lives and in the lives of those we serve.

TEAMWORK – Respecting our unique contributions, we value and care for each other, both personally and professionally, and enjoy working and growing together.

SERVANTHOOD – Servant leadership is reflected perfectly in the life and person of Jesus Christ. We seek to integrate the highest standards of professionalism with Christ’s example of joyful service.

News & Events

20th Annual Bike & Hike Seeks to Raise $120,000

September 11, 2016, 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Plans are underway for the 20th annual COBYS Bike & Hike, which will be held Sunday afternoon, September 11, at the Lititz Church of the Brethren. Learn more by reading the event brochure. In the past 19 years more than $1.1 million has been donated through the Bike & Hike. A financial goal of $120,000 […]

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Weather Bad, Giving Good: Family Fun Walk Expected to Set Record

Posted on June 15, 2016


A few suggested that hot chocolate might have been a better refreshment choice than the traditional ice cream at the May 1 Family Fun Walk, but despite cool and dreary weather that dampened attendance, the event is expected to establish a new income record. Held at Peter Becker Community in Harleysville, the 22nd annual Fun […]

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[Our greatest joy was] to watch a child who has no life in their eyes become a person again. To watch them start trusting and loving again is something they may never have gotten had they not come into our home. – COBYS Resource Parents Jesse and Bethany