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:
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):
3 to 6 month boys and 9 to 12 month boy:
2T to 3T girls:
4T to 5T boys:
Elementary age for boys and girls:
Teen boy and girl:
For all ages: Ethnically diverse books, Bibles and soft dolls
Adoption – Child Preparation
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.
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.
We welcome donations of items on the complete list of décor and toy needs for the visiting rooms.
If you would like to help us update our supplies, please contact Director of Development Anne Stokes at email@example.com 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.
I am a calmer, more relaxed person. I rarely ever raise my voice or yell. I’ve learned to ignore a lot of behaviors and they stopped completely. –Incredible Years Series parent participant