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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

Thanks for a Great COBYS 23rd Annual Bike & Hike

Posted on August 12, 2019


The 23rd annual COBYS Bike & Hike was held on Sunday afternoon, September 8, at the Lititz Church of the Brethren, 300 West Orange Street, Lititz, PA 17543. Motorcyclists, bicyclists and walkers participated in support of the ministries of COBYS Family Services. Groups of family, friends and church members gathered support and pledges and helped […]

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Jesus Christ is the source of all love that my husband and I have for the children. We want to see a nation turned back to God, fathers’ hearts turned toward the children, and children’s hearts turned back toward their fathers. Stewarding these precious children for a few days, weeks, months, years, or decades is a part of seeing that dream come to fruition. – COBYS Resource Parents