1/8/2019 - Donate to YSB through Amazon


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!


1/16/2019 - Foster Parent PSA Video

YSB is in need of Foster Parents! If you or someone you know would like to become a foster parent, please contact Kelley Lumpkin at 630-631-0587 x7107

To view our PSA video, please follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQFiKVUIbzs&feature=youtu.be

2/4/2019 - FOSTER PARENTS OF THE QUARTER - Julia and Nick Forshee

January 2019

Congratulations to Julia and Nick Forshee!

Julia and Nick began their foster care journey by going on mission trips to Togo and Haiti.  They could not help but be impacted by the suffering and general lack of care the orphans were facing.  They considered adopting internationally but as they considered further how they could help, they came to the realization that for whatever reason, God placed them in America.  After Julia’s mother passed away she realized what it was like to not have a mother and didn’t want that for anyone.

Nick and Julia have written about their journey as foster parents:

“Being a foster parent is challenging on several levels. Outside forces that are beyond our control play a large role in the life of a foster parent. We find the best way to handle these challenges come by focusing on what our role is. We are responsible to provide love through guidance, daily care, and education. It’s not our role to know the future or even try to figure that out.

Rewards manifest themselves when your foster child develops a new habit that will positively affect their life or learns a new skill. We feel accomplishment when we are able to see the child adapting and becoming comfortable with their new surroundings and new people. Fostering is not for the faint of heart, but if these burdens need to be carried, my husband and I want to be the ones shouldering the bulk of the uncertainty, not the children.  A verse that is an encouragement to us: ‘Do not grow weary in doing good, for in due season you will reap. If you don’t lose heart.’”

Thank you, Julia and Nick, for all you do.  We are especially appreciative of all the wonderful things you do for the foster children in your home.

2/28/2019 - 2019 "Bids for Kids" Trivia Night

YSB will be holding a Trivia Night for our Bids for Kids Campaign on Saturday, May 18th at Festivities Unlimited in Ottawa. Please review the attached flyer for all information on this event. Please kindly share with family and friends who may be interested in participating in this fun event. 

To register for a table of 10, please visit HERE.

Or you may call John at 815-431-3008, or by e-mail at Mktng_Dvlpmnt@ysbiv.org 

Or fill out the REGISTRATION FORM and return to YSB, 424 W. Madison St., Ottawa, IL. 61350