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It comes down to why we do what we do, and how we do what we do. We are called to the ministries of service through servanthood, to provide joyful, transformative care.
Foster Care: COBYS provides state required services and so much more, to children in the foster care systems through the work of caseworkers who are CAREworkers. COBYS also recruits, approves and trains resource families to care for children in foster care. The approval and training process at COBYS is unmatched for preparing families for the ministry of caring for children with trauma, as all foster children are. Foster families are supported throughout the process with ongoing training and support sessions.
Adoption: We facilitate adoptions of foster children through the Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN). Additionally, we provide a variety of adoption-related services to assist families who are seeking to adopt as well as families in a kinship arrangement. Support is also available for those who already have adopted through free Post Adoption Services.
Counseling: The trained staff at COBYS Family Services offer professional psychotherapy and support to individuals, couples, and families at locations in Lancaster and Lebanon Counties. Our counselors address marital and couples’ therapy, relational issues, family therapy, depression and anxiety. They also address trauma related issues with evidence based therapies including EMDR and TF-CBT.
Family Life Education: COBYS Family Life Education Department offers a broad range of family life education programs. While we are best known for our parenting courses, our programs share the common goal of supporting the development of human potential by providing parents, other adults, and children with information and skills to foster cooperation, courage, responsibility, self-esteem, and respect.
Permanency: The COBYS Permanency Unit is a specialized program whose goal, when possible, is to reunify children in foster care with their biological family. Staffed by COBYS, the program is funded by and serves children and families referred by the Lancaster County Children and Youth Social Service Agency. The two organizations work in partnership to achieve common goals of ensuring the safety of children, strengthening families, and securing permanency for children.
The excitement that we can have a part in changing eternity for both a child and his/her parents is hard to beat! Helping them through difficult times and encouraging them to be all that God called them to be has been thrilling. – COBYS Resource Parents