Needs List

Individuals or groups may wish to purchase or designate cash donations for specific items to benefit COBYS ministries.

Care for Kids Fund
The Care for Kids Fund exists to meet needs of foster children that are not met by other funding sources. This fund provides such items and services as:

  • Kid’s Closet items (see below)
  • Medical and dental expenses not covered by Medical Assistance or other medical insurance
  • Counseling and other therapeutic services
  • Critical needs at times of transition
  • Life Books to help children document their life stories
  • Adoption and foster care-themed books
  • Lessons, camps, and educational experiences

If you would like to donate to this fund, simply write “Care for Kids Fund” in the memo line of your check or designate this fund in the description field of your online donation.

Kids Closet (for foster children served by our foster care, adoption, and permanency programs)
If you have kids, you know they need a lot of things (and that it isn’t always easy to keep things stored away neatly). COBYS has one big closet for all of our kids. Each foster child coming into care receives a backpack filled with toys, games, personal care items, a Bible, and more. In addition, we visit our closet to find gifts for special occasions, supplies for caseworkers to use for therapeutic activities, car seats to transport children to appointments, and items to meet emergency needs.

Here are some current closet needs (no used items, please):

Newborn needs:

  • Diaper bags filled with supplies for both girls and boys
  • Formula
  • Pacifiers
  • Burp cloths
  • Bibs (please consider any writing on them and be sure it is appropriate due to the circumstances)

3 to 6 month boys and 9 to 12 month boy:

  • Diaper bags or backpacks filled with supplies for boys of that age group

2T to 3T girls:

  • Backpacks filled with supplies for girls in that age group
  • Pajamas
  • Underwear

4T to 5T boys:

  • Backpacks filled with supplies for boys in that age group
  • Pajamas
  • Underwear

Elementary age for boys and girls:

  • Backpacks filled with supplies for boys and girls in that age group
  • Soft blankets
  • Hair clips and accessories
  • Clothing (T-shirts, jeans, sweatshirts, gloves, winter scarves, underwear, pajamas, socks)
  • Hygiene products (body wash, skin lotion) We do NOT need toothbrushes J
  • Age appropriate Bibles
  • Ethnically appropriate hair and skin supplies
  • Lunchboxes
  • Sturdy water bottles

Teen boy and girl:

  • Backpacks filled with supplies for teen boys and girls
  • Hygiene products for both genders (including things like deodorant, body wash, skin lotion) We do NOT need toothbrushes J
  • Soft blankets
  • Hair clips and accessories
  • Teen appropriate coloring books and games
  • Clothing (T-shirts, jeans, sweatshirts, gloves, winter scarves, underwear, pajamas, socks)
  • Age appropriate Bibles
  • Ethnically appropriate hair and skin supplies
  • Age appropriate lunchboxes
  • Sturdy water bottles

For all ages: Ethnically diverse books, Bibles and soft dolls

Adoption – Child Preparation

  • Individual marker packs- 8-12 markers in a pack
  • Heart stickers
  • Christmas stickers
  • Glue sticks
  • Soccer ball
  • Nurf football
  • Basketball
  • Hand pump for sports balls
  • iPad(s) – (for activity use by staff working with kids and/or families)

Adoption – Finalization


I Wish You More (Board Book or Hard Cover)By Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld, published Mar 31, 2015

I’ll Never Let You Go (Hardcover) – By Smriti Prasadam-Halls (Author), Alison Brown (Illustrator), published December 22, 2015

       Oh the Places You’ll Go (Hardcover) – By Dr. Seuss

       Horton Hatches the Egg (Hardcover) – By Dr. Seuss

      When God Made You (Hardcover) – By Matthew Paul Turner and David Catrow

Family Life Education
These items are needed to support children and families served by our education programs. Items are used for childcare and children’s learning activities, and to encourage families to spend time together.

  • Family board games (Candyland, Connect 4, Trouble, Memory)
  • Floor puzzles
  • Sharpie markers in various sizes and colors
  • Stickers for teen girl crafts
  • Sticker books
  • Cling on books
  • Matchbox cars
  • Playdough (non-generic only please)
  • Books of scrapbooking paper
  • Small memo book for adults
  • Glitter or Gel pens
  • Craft Kits
  • Band aids
  • Travel-size toothpaste
  • Small Prizes for our Dina Dinosaur Child Training Program: Small plastic animals/dinosaurs, Silly Putty, novelty pencils, small children’s memo pads
  • Gifts for classes of eight teen Girls: Tote bags, wallets, journals, beauty products, scarves, nail polish, trinket boxes, room décor, etc.
  • Gifts for Men: Small car deodorizers, plain chap stick, pocket-size flashlights, travel-size toiletry items
  • Girls Circle
    • I-tunes gift cards ($5 increments)
    • Adult coloring books
    • body spray
    • travel-size hand sanitizer
    • Small cosmetic bags
    • Teen stickers
    • Scrapbook paper
    • Lip balm (Eos type)
    • Lifesavers, Tic Tacs, Icebreaker Mints
    • Scarves
    • Fun Patterned / cozy socks

Permanency Unit Needs

The visitation spaces at the COBYS Permanency Unit are in need of some updates to make them feel welcoming and more like a home, providing the best experience possible for the families that use them.

In COBYS Permanency Unit’s visit rooms, birth parents (involved in Lancaster County Children and Youth Agency) spend precious time visiting their children in a safe, nurturing environment. Families cherish these visits as they reconnect and interact, thus strengthening their bond and establishing a strong foundation to build upon.


  • Gift cards to stores such as Target, Home Goods, At Home and Hobby Lobby. These will allow staff to purchase appropriate lighting and decor for rooms where daytime and evening visits between parents and children take place.
  • Toys & Books – As every parent knows, great connections are made with children through toys and books. If you would like to help us update our supplies, please contact Director of Development Anne Stokes at for specific suggestions.


We do not have a need for used toys, used clothes, used stuffed animals, or used luggage.
Contact Director of Development Anne Stokes at 717-656-6580 for more information.

It’s funny to see how you think you already know everything about parenting but then you realize how much you don’t know. –Family Nurturing participant