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About Us

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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Our Mission

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

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

Bike & Hike 2021 – 25th Annual Event Sets New Record

Posted on July 16, 2021


COBYS Family Services held its 25th annual Bike & Hike this past week on Sunday, September 12. The popular event and the beautiful day brought out more than 325, walkers, bicyclists and motorcyclists to raise critical funding to support the organization’s ministries of foster care, adoption, counseling and family life education. More than $160,000 was […]

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Oh, my word, the support from everyone was outstanding. COBYS staff genuinely care about what they are doing and genuinely care for their resource families. Every person we dealt was wonderful, kind – I could write a lot about all the support we have gotten through this process! 🙂 – COBYS Resource Parents Jeremy and Nicole