1/1/2018 - 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!



Foster Parent of the Quarter October 2018

Congratulations to Lam Le!

Lam Le was nominated for foster parent of the quarter due to her strong support of returning the foster children to their biological mother. She kept communication with the mother open by sending pictures, updates, artwork and anything else her two daughters made.

Lam allowed the mother to call the home and talk to the girls, along with making an email address available to her. The biological mother was so grateful for Lam’s support that she informed the courts about how supported she felt and that she did not lose her connection to her girls, nor did she ever feel threatened that anyone was withholding her daughters from her. Even the judge was impressed with this report regarding Lam!

Lam Le has been a child welfare professional for another agency since 2007. First, she was in Foster Care and now she works in Intact Family Services. She came to YSB to become a foster parent through recommendations from other professionals in the field. She has wanted to care for her own children and others’ children ever since she was a child. She wants other children to know what it is like to have the love and security from safe, trustworthy adults.

She is kind hearted and a great listener. She engages children by getting down to their eye level and really listening to them. She knows and values the rules of DCFS yet does not forget to consider the feelings and desires of the children in the case.

Despite her professional background, a praise report from the children’s parent to the court is really impressive. It takes a lot of effort and work on the part of the foster parent (or relative caregiver).  A relationship of trust needs to be built not just with the placed children but also with their parents. YSB is greatly pleased to have such hard working foster parents with our agency. Thank you Lam for being one of our dedicated foster family households!


10/17/2018 - YSB Treatment Team Scores Level 1 on Medicaid Review

Congratulations to the Treatment Team at YSB for another successful Medicaid Review! We had ZERO deficiencies and scored a Level 1 for our program, which is the best score that is given out.

We are very proud of the work that we do in the Medicaid,  foster care, Intact, Homeless and the Solutions Counseling Programs. The staff is very dedicated and their hard work is evident with each and every review we have had as well as all of the positive comments that we receive on our surveys from the clients themselves.

If you know and see any of our program staff please congratulate them and thank them for their dedication and hard work addressing the mental health needs of so many!!

11/6/2018 - A New Hope

Hope House is undergoing a transformation. It will now be run by Debra Wackerline, who previously directed the Child Development Center in LaSalle.

Hope House provides supervised visitation and exchange of children between parents currently involved in a divorce or a family crisis. This program is designed to keep children connected with both parents in a safe space. Hope House is available only in LaSalle County. Clients are referred by family court attorneys and judges.

Debra is very proud and excited to work for YSB in such a wonderful program, where it is an honor to continue helping families.  She can be reached Monday thru Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM by calling Youth Service Bureau of Illinois Valley at 815-433-3953, or by e-mail at Debra@ysbiv.org.

For more information on Hope House and our other programs, including Solutions Counseling, Runaway and Homeless Youth, Transitional Living Program, Foster Care and more, visit us on the web at www.ysbiv.org, or on Facebook, Instagram (ysbiv17), or Twitter (YSBofILValley).