Kinship

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

Email: kinship@cobys.org

 

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

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

 

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

1st Tuesdays (evening): 6pm-7:30pm

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

 

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

2nd Mondays: 11am-12:30pm

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

 

 

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

3rd Wednesdays: 11:30am-1:00pm

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

2/23 3/22, 4/26, 5/31 

 

Monthly Topics (Coffee Hours & Seminars)

Stress & Self-care:

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

Teen Brain:

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

Loss, Ambivalence, Denial & Hope:

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

Communicating Effectively:

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

 

Kinship Support Services Program Information Sheet

 

[Pre-service training] opened up a wide range of topics that were quite applicable to our current life as foster parents. Training was very helpful as it made us more aware of the complexities that can arise when dealing with children (and birth parents) from difficult situations. We really liked hearing other foster families come in and discuss their experiences. – COBYS Resource Parents Austin and Cathy