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Family Fun Walk 2020 – Walk Where You Are edition

The “Walk” is on, with your help.

This is not your regular Family Fun Walk.

Following the restrictions on gathering for events due to the coronavirus and out of precaution for participants and residents of neighboring Peter Becker Community where we annually have held the event, we are canceling the regular 2020 Family Fun Walk. We realize this is disappointing news as this cherished family and church group outing has become an annual custom for many of you.

In light of the uncertainty of when we could hold the event, we are transforming the Family Fun Walk into the Walk Where You Are walk. A nice walk will be a welcome chance to get outside, smell fresh, clean air and help the ministries of COBYS.

Here’s how it will work this year.

  • We encourage all participants to seek walk sponsors and record them on the Sponsor Sheet as you usually do (click here for a printable version, please gather sponsors from a safe distance).
  • Individual participants, families and youth groups also have access to an online crowdfunding platform where they can set a goal, send emails to family and friends and received donations via credit card online.
  • Return the sponsor sheets to us, or finish your crowdfunding on or around May 3.
  • Then, on or around May 3 we encourage all participants to go for a walk. Find a safe route near you and go with your family or a friend (while keeping safe, social distance), and walk a mile or two, or three. Send us a photo of you on your journey and we’ll post the photos of our remote “Family Fun Walk – Walk Where You Are”.
  • Or, donate individually by choosing “Family Fun Walk – Walk Where You Are” in the Gift Designation drop-down menu on our donate page.
  • Since we also won’t be able to enjoy ice cream and refreshments together as we usually do, we encourage you to have some at home and send us a photo to share with other participants.

Not up for walking?

We recognize that not everyone is a walker. We hope that you are still moved to action by supporting someone who is walking, or by making a donation to COBYS during this time.

Please contact Anne Stokes,, with any questions.

We hope you can participate!





COBYS 40 Years Celebration Banquet

Thank you for helping us celebrate 40 years!

Thank you to all who attended, supported and celebrated the 40 year history of COBYS with us on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at Middle Creek Church of the Brethren.

At both the noon and evening seating we enjoyed wonderful food and fellowship then shared a look back at the journey and evolution of COBYS in care and service to children, families and individuals at risk in our community.

Each decade we reminisced about the work being by COBYS.

We also honored the service of Glen Fans, our first executive director and Ann and Dennis Saylor who fostered 116 children over 32 years.

We were grateful to have so many supporters join us, as well as several distinguished elected officials. Lancaster County Commissioners Ray D’Agostino and Craig Lehman presented a Letter of Commendation. State Senators Ryan Aument and Scott Martin presented a joint Senate Citation and a representative from Lloyd Smucker’s of

fice presented record of remarks that were placed in the Congressional Record honoring COBYS. We are thankful to each of these officials for supporting the work we do on behalf of children and families.

The 80s: Humble Beginnings

From the seeds of a shared desire to serve, to the formation of an agency with the focus of helping children in need and building stronger families, the first decade gained momentum on a path to make a real difference in people’s lives.

The 90s: Expanding to Meet the Needs

Activity, expansion and growth defined the 90s. Services shifted to meet the demands to best serve the children and families we were called to help.

The 2000s: Depth of Service Added

Additional services are added to continue care for adopting families, new property is purchased and existing properties improved to accommodate the expanding programs so units can operate efficiently. COBYS mission is officially defined.

The 10s: Recommitting with Room to Grow

COBYS adapts and recommits to its core values while fostering common sense growth to meet the increasing needs in the region.

Click here to see the video of the banquet.

We thank everyone who supported COBYS through this event with a donation. If you were unable to attend, there’s still time to give through this event.

Click here and choose “Banquet” from the Gift Designation drop-down menu.

Thanks for a Great COBYS 23rd Annual Bike & Hike

The 23rd annual COBYS Bike & Hike was held on Sunday afternoon, September 8, at the Lititz Church of the Brethren, 300 West Orange Street, Lititz, PA 17543. Motorcyclists, bicyclists and walkers participated in support of the ministries of COBYS Family Services. Groups of family, friends and church members gathered support and pledges and helped make the event a wonderful success.

Over $117,000 was raised by the participants, supporters and business sponsors. The money raised is critical funds to support the children and families we serve. Our services in the community are often underfunded. Participants in Bike & Hike help make up the difference.

In addition to glorious weather, participants and visitors took part in a Silent Auction, family-friendly games and activities and enjoyed some ice cream and refreshments.

People who had not participated before we able to hear about COBYS and its ministries of foster care, adoption, counseling and family life education.


A Special Thanks to Our Sponsors!


Flyway Excavating, Inc.
Homestead Nutrition, Inc.
J.B. Zimmerman
Keller Bros.
Longenecker’s True Value & Appliances
Merchandiser Advertiser Pennysaver
Rohrer’s Quarry
The Country Store, LLC
Wenger & Company PC


National Foster Care Month – Foster & Adoptive Families Meet & Greet

Meet Foster & Adoptive Families

On Friday, May 31 COBYS held a Meet & Greet event for prospective foster and adoptive families. They were able to learn about the short-term, long-term, and lifetime ways foster/adoptive families serve children in foster care! The event was held at Keystone Church, 20 Harristown Road, Paradise, PA 17562.

COBYS foster/adoptive families have all been through the steps and process – thinking about, praying about, and learning about foster care and adoption. They decided the time was right for them to open up their heart and homes.

Families learned about the steps to become an approved resource family for children in foster care and discovered what it is like to create relationships with foster children and their birth families. They heard about the experiences of some of our resource families providing short-term, long-term, and lifetime care for children.

Family Fun!

Kid friendly crafts and stories emphasize the love and security offered by parents and the importance of being safe. Games and a fantastic playground were available so kids had a chance to play while grownups conversed.


COBYS staff are passionate about the ministry of foster care and adoption! They are always available to discuss the requirements and process to become approved with COBYS as a foster/adoptive resource family as well as any specific questions you have.

Learn more about the three types of foster care, click here.