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.
January 26, 2018, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Noon & 6:30 p.m. Middle Creek Church of the Brethren 351 Middle Creek Road, Lititz What’s the buzz? This year’s COBYS Banquet is set in an old-fashioned barbershop, where the fellowship and gossip are even more important than the grooming. As you might expect, various customers will be stopping by, […]READ MORE
It’s risky and just downright scary, at times, now that we have grown to love a child who may not be in our family forever. But the joys of watching her change and thrive outweigh our own fears and insecurities. In the end, it’s not about us; it’s about God’s plan for our lives and hers. We have seen that God blesses when we submit to his plan and so we desire to keep on that path. – COBYS Resource Parent Laura