Foster families serve a vital role in providing for children in the foster care system. They provide a loving, safe and stable home while their family works through the foster care plan.
The goal of foster care is to assist biological families in resolving the issues that led to the child’s placement in care so that families can be reunited as quickly and safely as possible.
Foster care is intended to be temporary for children. If families cannot be reunified within approximately 15 months another permanent option, such as adoption, is pursued.
Short term care provides emergency or planned help for foster and adoptive families. There is a tremendous need for families in this category.
Respite Care: “Part-time parents” who provide temporary care for a few hours or a few days a month to allow foster and adoptive families to regroup and take time for themselves.
Stand-by Care: Families who provide on-call/emergency placement for children after hours (5 p.m.-8:30 a.m.) and on weekends for The Lancaster County Children and Youth Social Service Agency.
COBYS foster families provide full-time care for children, ages birth to 18, until children can be safely returned to their biological family or permanently placed in an adoptive home. Foster parents can bring hope, healing and a positive loving influence into the lives of children who have been victimized by abuse and neglect.
Adoption is a beautiful way to provide a stable, loving, forever home for a child. Foster children who cannot be reunified with their family or placed in a kinship setting need committed families who can provide a lifetime of unconditional love and care.
Seeing how our family has gathered around to love and support our foster son and us has been very satisfying. We would like to adopt, if possible, but even if that does not happen, to provide a safe place to children who need it is a one way we serve the kingdom of God.
– COBYS Resource Parents Eric and Rita