1/1/2018 - Donate to YSB through Amazon

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Easy way to Donate to YSB!

Simply go to https://smile.amazon.com/. Amazon will ask you what charity you want to support and you can choose Youth Service Bureau of Illinois Valley. The next time you want to order something from Amazon instead of going to amazon.com go to smile.amazon.com and whenever you purchase something from the smile website, YSB will receive .5% of the sales.

There is no extra cost to you. The items cost the same, the shipping is the same, you can still get prime and free shipping, etc. It works. 

Spread the word!

Such an easy way to help our programs, and our kids… Please pass on to your friends, family, foster parents, everyone!

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12/6/2017 - Illinois Lottery Co-Sponsors "Reading Oasis" at YSB

Read in The Times about the Illinois Lottery co-sponsoring a brand new "Reading Oasis" at the Ottawa YSB office:

http://www.mywebtimes.com/news/local/illinois-lottery-co-sponsors-new-reading-oasis-with-video/article_6bd2432d-0c2d-5722-a6ac-2388e875667d.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=user-share


1/2/2018 - Foster Parents of the Quarter - Brian & Jessica Stoffer

Foster Parents of the Quarter

January 2018

Congratulations to Brian and Jessica Stoffer

Brian and Jessica Stoffer have been foster parents since May 2, 2013. The couple wanted to help their two daughters learn about caring for others outside of the family (which also includes a lovable boxer who welcomes all children who come into their house). At the interview for the home study, their youngest daughter told the license worker that she already has a sister so she really wanted a brother too.

The Stoffers took the 2 youngest children of a sibling group of all boys of Mexican descent. Their daughter was delighted to finally have two younger brothers. Eventually their goal changed from fostering to adopting the boys. Once it was official, they found a place to get paper picados (die-cut banner flags) with each of their adopted names and adoption dates on them. These picados now hang in a frame on the wall.

Eventually the family fostered the boys’ younger sister, who was born later, and adopted her. She has her own picado. The Stoffers’ elder daughters have asked for their own picados but have been told that they don’t come with an adoption date.

The Stoffers promote the agency by recruiting others to join the foster families of YSB, including their next door neighbors who are now licensed. The Stoffers have also taken advantage of a local support group called RePlanted, which is designed to be a resource for foster care parents, safe family parents and adoptive parents.

During RePlanted’s large events/conferences held in the Spring and Fall, the Stoffers have directed people who do not belong to an agency yet towards YSB staff in attendance in hopes that their homes will join the YSB family. Recently, one of those families from Glen Ellyn was licensed by YSB. During monthly meetings, this organization breaks out into smaller groups of about 10 to 15 adults each. The Stoffers belong to the Glen Ellyn group which has “adopted” YSB’s Glen Ellyn office by caring for its staff. Highlights of their many activities include bringing breakfast pastries and donuts into the office, spending the better part of a day cleaning the counseling rooms, play/visit room and kitchen, and sending a care package/basket for the staff to enjoy. They are currently planning to treat the staff to lunch.

The Stoffer's are a family who seek the care and support they need to continue to care for the children, who promote YSB in the various activities of their live, and who enjoy letting the professional staff know just how much they are appreciated by caring for them. Thank you from everyone at YSB!

 


1/16/2018 - 2018 Stache Bash

Youth Service Bureau of Illinois Valley has been selected as the recipient of all the proceeds from this year's Stache Bash, which will take place at the Knights of Columbus in Ottawa on Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.  Please come out for a great time, and to directly help the Youth Service Bureau serve the youth and families in our communities.

Follow Stache Bash on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/925085647667365/