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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.

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

COBYS 40 Years Celebration Banquet

Posted on January 17, 2020


Help us celebrate 40 years! Executive Director Mark Cunningham and Director of Development Anne Stokes invite you to join us for our annual banquet of good food and fellowship. We plan to reminisce a bit (okay, maybe more than a bit), celebrate where we are today and look to the future for COBYS. Reservations can […]

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We view fostering and adoption as a way of living out our belief that every human being is created in the image of God and should be loved and cared for from the moment of conception. – COBYS Resource Parents Austin and Cathy