Becoming a resource 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 an Orientation?
Orientation 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 Orientation, COBYS provides attendees with the application form for those wanting to pursue becoming a resource family.
COBYS hosts Orientations from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at the COBYS main office north of Lancaster.
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 our Main Office six 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, and November. Evening trainings consist of nine consecutive Thursdays and begin the first week of January, April, and September.
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