Are you raising a relative’s child?

Kinship arrangements are often unanticipated and can result in a range of unique household needs and challenges. Support is available!


Call 435-8139 ext. 210 to receive help in navigating systems, information about your rights, and connections to resources in your community. 
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 9:30-2:30



COBYS Kinship Resource Guide


Join Our Community

Attend groups, information sessions, and family programs  for information and support specific to kinship caregivers.  Network with other grandparents (or other relatives) that are going through similar experiences. 

Call to register for any of our free programs. Childcare is available on a limited basis. Registration is required.


Kinship Coffee Sessions

Join our monthly educational discussion group; childcare and refreshments available.

New Holland: CrossNet Ministries, 123 W. Franklin Street, New Holland

1st Mondays: 11am-12:30pm

1/6, 2/3, 3/2, 4/6, 5/4


Northern Lancaster: Northern Lancaster HUB, 560 S. Reading Rd., Ephrata

1st Tuesdays (evening): 6pm-7:30pm

1/7, 2/4, 3/3, 4/7, 5/5


Quarryville: Solid Rock Ministries, 34 E. State Street, Quarryville 

2nd Mondays: 11am-12:30pm

1/13, 2/10, 3/9, 4/13, 5/11


SDoL: Fulton Elementary School, 225 W. Orange Street, Lancaster

2nd Tuesdays (evening): 6:00-7:30pm

1/14, 2/11, 3/10, 4/14, 5/12


Manheim Township: Lancaster Brethren In Christ Church, 1865 Fruitville Pike, Lancaster

3rd Wednesdays: 11:30am-1:00pm

1/15, 2/19, 3/18, 4/15, 5/20


Kinship Seminars

Speakers present information specific to kinship caregivers. A meal and childcare are provided. Training certificate offered.

Sunday Seminars: Lancaster Brethren In Christ Church, 1865 Fruitville Pike, Lancaster

4th Sundays: 3:30-6:00pm

1/26, 2/23 3/22, 4/26, 5/31 


Monthly Topics (Coffee Hours & Seminars)

Healing/Thriving in our new Roles:

1/6–New Holland, 1/13th–Quarryville, 1/14–SDoL, 1/15–LBIC, 1/26–Sunday Seminar

Stress & Self-care:

2/3–New Holland, 2/10–Quarryville, 2/11–SDoL, 2/19–LBIC, 2/23–Sunday Seminar

Teen Brain:

3/2–New Holland, 3/9–Quarryville, 3/10–SDoL, 3/18–LBIC, 3/22–Sunday Seminar

Loss, Ambivalence, Denial & Hope:

4/6–New Holland, 4/13–Quarryville, 4/14–SDoL, 4/15–LBIC, 4/26–Sunday Seminar

Communicating Effectively:

5/4–New Holland, 5/11–Quarryville, 5/12–SDoL, 5/20–LBIC, 5/31–Sunday Seminar


Kinship Support Services Program Information Sheet


I myself am a foster child of sorts. I wanted to give the love and acceptance I received by being a foster child. We wanted to [adopt to] provide love, community, and a family for those without these basics that so many of us take for granted. – COBYS Resource Parents