Becoming a foster or a foster-to-adopt 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.
Foster parents must meet these criteria to be eligible to serve:
The process of becoming a foster family with COBYS involves several steps:
What is an Information Session?
Our Information Session is an introduction to the foster care system and the children and families involved. 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 childcare is not provided. Following the Information Session, attendees are eligible to submit the application form to pursue becoming a foster family. The COBYS Information Session is presented in two parts. The first part is an introductory webinar which you view at your convenience. The second part is an in-person or Zoom meeting with our Resource Home Unit staff and includes additional information and a chance to ask questions.
COBYS hosts the second part of the Information Sessions from 6:00 to 7:30 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 on the second Monday morning of every month from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. (on Zoom). 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 training process for families to be able to be approved as a foster family. Through classroom instruction, activities, and interviews with COBYS foster families this training addresses the following topics:
Upon COBYS’ receipt of a Foster/Foster to Adopt 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 are held starting in January, March, June (summer) and November. Evening trainings consist of eight consecutive Thursdays and begin in 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.
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