Becoming an adoptive family is a process designed to educate and empower families to partner with COBYS to provide the best care possible for children in foster care.
Resource parents must meet these criteria to be eligible to serve:
The process of becoming a resource family with COBYS involves several steps:
What is the Information Session?
The Information Session is a two-hour introduction that to the foster care system and the children and families involved with it. Detailed information about the roles, responsibilities, and expectations for resource families is included. As this session is designed to help families decide if the ministry of foster care or adoption is a good fit for their family, married couples should attend together. Due to the sensitive nature of some content, children are not permitted to attend and child care is not provided. During the Information Session, COBYS provides attendees with the application form for those wanting to pursue becoming a resource family.
COBYS hosts Information Sessions from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month (sessions on the first Tuesdays are on Zoom, and on the third Tuesdays are in-person at 444 Murry Hill Circle, Lancaster, PA 17601), and from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in-person on the second Monday of every month. Our training room is accessed by steps. Please notify us if this is a challenge for you so we can make accommodations.
What is Pre-Service Training?
Pre-Service Training is the 27-hour training process for families to be able to be approved as a resource family. Through classroom instruction, activities, and interviews with COBYS resource families this Training addresses the following topics:
Upon COBYS’ receipt of a Resource Parent Application, families are eligible to attend our Pre-Service Training, which is offered at Murry Hill Center seven times per year in daytime and evening formats. Daytime trainings consist of three full days and one optional evening and are held in March, June, August and November. Evening trainings consist of eight consecutive Thursdays and begin the first week of January, April, and September. Our training room is accessed by steps. Please notify us if this is a challenge for you so we can make accommodations.
Our caseworker(s) have been excellent sounding boards throughout our current case. COBYS staff have been helpful in giving us parenting tips when we feel we need advice. We sometimes feel like a number in the county’s system, but our COBYS caseworker listens to the challenges we face and affirms us. Our caseworkers also empathize well. – COBYS Resource Parents Austin and Cathy