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COBYS RESPONSE TO THE CORONAVIRUS

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.

Lancaster County Court Closure:

The Lancaster court orders and closures have been extended to April 30; the court house and MDJ’s offices will be closed to the public except for emergency proceedings. The only Children and Youth hearings that will be held during this time are emergency shelter care hearings. All other hearings, including adjudications/dispositions, permanency reviews, status reviews, terminations of parental rights and adoptions will be continued. Continuance orders will be signed by the court.

 

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.

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

Family Fun Walk 2020 – Walk Where You Are edition

Posted on March 24, 2020


The “Walk” is on, with your help. This is not your regular Family Fun Walk. Following the restrictions on gathering for events due to the coronavirus and out of precaution for participants and residents of neighboring Peter Becker Community where we annually have held the event, we are canceling the regular 2020 Family Fun Walk. […]

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I feel like I always have access to my caseworker. She helps us process challenges and emotions in a realistic but positive way. – COBYS Resource Parents Eric and Rita