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.
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.
April 10, 2018, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bob Kettering will speak and gospel artists The Talleys will sing at the 23nd annual Wenger Foundation Praise Dinner on Tuesday, April 10, at 6:00 p.m., at the Lebanon Expo Center. The event will benefit COBYS Family Services and three other ministries. An ordained minister in the Church of the Brethren, Bob Kettering is an […]READ MORE
Posted on January 16, 2018
On Friday, January 12, 2018, COBYS Family Services purchased the former Simon Lever, LLC building, located at 444 Murry Hill Circle, just off of Oregon Pike in Lancaster for $1,136,100. Acquisition of the 13,600-square foot building is part of COBYS’s expansion plan to alleviate crowded offices and gain space for additional staff. Adoption, foster care, and […]READ MORE
The excitement that we can have a part in changing eternity for both a child and his/her parents is hard to beat! Helping them through difficult times and encouraging them to be all that God called them to be has been thrilling. – COBYS Resource Parents