COBYS Foster Care

These currently scheduled programs are open to the public. To learn more or to register for a program, contact Rose at 717-435-8139 or

Cooperative Parenting and Divorce
2 sessions, 4.0 hours recommended per session

This program gives divorcing parents with children of all ages the power to make positive changes that shield their children from parental conflict and guide them toward establishing a long-term relationship with the child's other parent(s). Suitable for parents who are separated or divorced.

COBYS Family Life Center
December 5 & 12, 2015
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

COBYS Family Life Center
February 6 & 13, 2016
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

COBYS Family Life Center
March 5 & 12, 2016
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

COST: $50.00 per individual participant (must be pre-paid but will be reimbursed if class is successfully completed).

Family Nurturing Education & Support Program
(Approved program of the Lancaster County Children and Youth Social Service Agency)

12 sessions, One 2-hour session per week for 12 weeks

A free 24-hour, comprehensive program designed to nurture and support parents and their children (birth to 12 years old) through guided play, modeling, and the presentation and practice of nurturing, sensitive, and competent parenting strategies. The course includes parent/child interactive activities, separate classes for parents and children, and a healthy snack. Recommended reading: The Incredible Years, A Trouble-Shooting Guide for Parents of Children Aged 2-8 years old, by Carolyn Webster-Stratton, PhD.

All classes held at COBYS Family Life Center:

January 5 - March 22, 2016
Tuesdays, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

January 6 - March 23, 2016
Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

March 3 - May 19, 2016
Thursdays, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Incredible Years Autism and Language Delays Program
11 sessions, One 2-hour session per week

This 11-session program is geared to parents of young children (aged 2-6) on the Autism spectrum or with language delays in order to promote children's emotional regulation, social competence, language skills, school readiness, and relationships with others.

Topics discussed will include:

  • Child-directed narrated play promotes positive relationships
  • Pre-academic and persistence coaching promotes language development and school readiness
  • Social coaching promotes friendship skills
  • Emotion coaching promotes emotional literacy
  • Pretend play promotes empathy and social skills
  • Promoting children's self-regulation skills
  • Using praise and rewards to motivate children
  • Limit setting and behavior management

Akron Church of the Brethren
Sundays, January 10 - March 13, 2016
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church of Manheim
Wednesdays, January 6 - March 30, 2016
5:40 meal, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. class

COBYS Family Life Center
Sundays, April 3 - June 19, 2016, 2016
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Incredible Years Dina Dinosaur Child Training Program
18 sessions, One 2-hour session per week

A 36 hour small group child training program for children aged 4-8 who are difficult to manage, aggressive, or who may have disruptive behaviors. At-risk children with mental health problems are ideal participants. Research results were compiled over a 37-year period, showing a reduction in children's aggressive and disruptive behavior, increase in pro-social behavior, more positive conflict management skills, and an increase in problem- solving strategies, as well as increased emotional literacy. The Dina Dinosaur program utilizes puppet and video modeling, coaching and reinforcement with structured activities, visual imagery, fantasy play, as well as live role plays.

Also included will be the Incredible Years Parenting Program coinciding with the Dina Dinosaur Program. The Incredible Years program will prepare parents to promote more positive behaviors between parent and child, improve compliance at home and at school, reduce aggression and behavior problems in and out of the home, learn positive and consistent discipline, and gain support that includes other parents. <

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church of Manheim
Wednesdays, January 6 - March 30, 2016 (12 week program)
5:40 meal, 6:00-8:00 p.m. class

Salvation Army - Spanish Class
Thursdays, January 14 - May 12, 2016
6:00-8:00 p.m. (5:40 p.m. meal)
Note: This class will be taught to parents in Spanish, and to children in English

COBYS Family Life Center
Mondays, January 11 - May 9, 2016
6:00-8:00 p.m.

Parenting Wisely (3R's)
(A court-approved alternative adjudication program in Lancaster County)

3 sessions, 2.0 hours per session. Appointments scheduled based on times listed below.

Parenting Wisely, evidence-based curriculum, provides parents and youth (ages 11-18) with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to build stronger parent/child relationships and to promote regular school attendance. This program is a highly interactive family education online program. Participants will be guided through the online program by a COBYS Family Life Educator. This program receives funding by the PA Department of Health through the Lancaster County Drug and Alcohol Commission and the Lancaster County Children & Youth Agency.

Families will learn to:

  • Strengthen family and school bonds;
  • Enhance family communication;
  • Help teens develop responsibility;
  • Establish family policies against problem behaviors, including truancy, violence, drug and alcohol use, etc.;
  • Develop mutual support.

COBYS Family Life Center - Saturdays, 9-11 a.m.
January 9, 16, 23, 2016
February 6, 13, 20, 2016
March 5, 12, 29, 2016

Ephrata Church of the Brethren - Mondays, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
February 1, 8, 15, 2016
May 2, 9, 16, 2016

Cross Connection Ministries, New Holland - Mondays, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
March 28, April 4, 11, 2016

Mechanic Grove Church of the Brethren, Quarryville - Mondays, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
January 11, 18, 25, 2016
March 7, 14, 21, 2016

Girls Circle
6 to 8 week program, 1.5-2.0 hours recommended per session

Girls Circle is a structured support group for girls aged 9-18, teaching skills that are designed to increase positive connection, personal and collective strengths, and competence. When girls voice their ideas and opinions in a safe environment, it strengthens their confidence and self-esteem, and encourages them to express themselves more fully. It also helps them critically think through their behavior and choices, raises awareness of their options and strengthens their ability to make choices that are consistent with their values, interests, and talents. The Girls Circle aims to counteract social and interpersonal forces that impede girls' development by promoting an emotionally safe setting and structure within which girls can develop caring relationships.

Factory Ministries, Paradise
January 13 - February 17, 2016
Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.