COBYS Family Services is continuing to serve each child, adult and family as best we can during this challenging time while we take precautions to limit the potential spread of Coronavirus in our communities. Please be advised that calls to our office will be answered as soon as possible. If you are a current counseling client or participating in any of our Family Life Education classes, you should have been contacted directly with instructions on service modifications and postponement of classes. All resource families and foster children served by COBYS should be in direct contact with their caseworker and continuing to receive services.
Motivated by Christian faith, COBYS Family Services provides foster care, adoption, counseling, family life education and permanency services for children and families at risk in Lancaster County and the surrounding area.
COBYS facilitates programs and services through The Lancaster County Children and Youth Social Service Agency and the Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN). Additional services to support those in the foster care and adoption system and those in need of counseling are provided.
Founded in 1979, COBYS is affiliated with the Atlantic Northeast District of the Church of the Brethren. Since 1989 COBYS has been headquartered in the historic Oregon Mill, north of Lancaster (near Oregon Dairy and Reflections Restaurant). COBYS Family Services continues to represent and provide Christlike concern and care for children and families in need.
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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.
Posted on March 24, 2020
You “Walked the Walk”. Thank you! This was not your regular Family Fun Walk. Thanks to our COBYS Family Fun Walk Walkers! Since COBYS wasn’t able to hold our annual Family Fun Walk in Harleysville, PA, we asked participants to modify the event and “Walk Where You Are”. We’re so grateful for all who did! Some participants shared a few […]READ MORE
[Pre-service training] opened up a wide range of topics that were quite applicable to our current life as foster parents. Training was very helpful as it made us more aware of the complexities that can arise when dealing with children (and birth parents) from difficult situations. We really liked hearing other foster families come in and discuss their experiences. – COBYS Resource Parents Austin and Cathy