Fostering

Wanted: Foster and Adoptive Families

COBYS is looking for loving families for foster care. Is it time for you?

The need for foster families right now is real. There are children in care with no placements available to them.

If you have ever considered becoming a foster or adoptive parent to children in the foster care system, now is the time to contact COBYS Family Services. We’ll help you learn about the ways you can provide a safe and loving home to children in need. There are short and long-term care options to consider.

COBYS is looking for families with:
Compassion • Acceptance • A generous heart for kids • A servant spirit • Open arms • Love

We need families across our community to join us in providing loving care to children by becoming foster or foster to adopt parents.

 

  Learn more at the Information Session 

 

How we all can help 

Foster families are called to extraordinary service, but community matters too. It takes all of us to provide safe, loving homes for children in need. Be part of the COBYS community.

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The COBYS Difference

Caring for foster children presents many challenges to families. Our mission focuses on what we do and how we do it: with a servant spirit. We are called to provide joyful, transformative care.
• Cutting edge trauma training for staff and resource families
• Manageable caseloads enable us to provide resource families with the help and support they need to succeed
• COBYS supports the foster child and their resource family through regular visits, advice, encouragement, and 24-hour emergency access to a caseworker

We provide financial assistance to the resource families, which helps to cover the child’s living and travel expenses.

 

The wrap-around care of COBYS Family Services

Foster Care

Foster Care: COBYS provides state required services and so much more, to children in the foster care systems through the work of caseworkers who are CAREworkers. COBYS also recruits, approves and trains resource families to care for children in foster care. The approval and training process at COBYS is unmatched for preparing families for the ministry of caring for children with trauma, as all foster children are. Foster families are supported throughout the process with ongoing training and support sessions.

Adoption

Adoption: We facilitate adoptions of foster children through the Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN). Additionally, we provide a variety of adoption-related services to assist families who are seeking to adopt as well as families in a kinship arrangement. Support is also available for those who already have adopted through free Post Adoption Services.

Counseling

Counseling: The trained staff at COBYS Family Services offer professional psychotherapy and support to individuals, couples, and families at locations in Lancaster and Lebanon Counties. Our counselors address marital and couples’ therapy, relational issues, family therapy, depression and anxiety. They also address trauma related issues with evidence based therapies including EMDR and TF-CBT.

Family Life Education

Family Life Education: COBYS Family Life Education Department offers a broad range of family life education programs. While we are best known for our parenting courses, our programs  share the common goal of supporting the development of human potential by providing parents, other adults, and children with information and skills to foster cooperation, courage, responsibility, self-esteem, and respect.

Permanency

Permanency: The COBYS Permanency Unit is a specialized program whose goal, when possible, is to reunify children in foster care with their biological family. Staffed by COBYS, the program is funded by and serves children and families referred by the Lancaster County Children and Youth Social Service Agency. The two organizations work in partnership to achieve common goals of ensuring the safety of children, strengthening families, and securing permanency for children.

The most rewarding thing, by far, was seeing a sibling group be able to go home to a stable, healthy environment because their parents worked hard and sacrificed to restore their family. We are still in touch with those kids and it is so fulfilling to see them growing and thriving with their family.

– COBYS Resource Parents Ron and Mary