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!


3/29/2019 - Get to Know YSB Board Members - Dr. Sandra Labak-Ivanauskas











Dr. Sandra Labak-Ivanauskas
Board Member since November 2018

YSB would like to welcome Dr. Sandra Labak-Ivanauskas to our Board of Directors.

Dr. Labak has lived in Somonauk, at Lake Holiday, since 1997. She has been married to her husband, Mr. Michael Ivanauskas, for 23 years. They have 1 daughter, Alison, who is currently attending Somonauk High School.  Dr. Labak and her family were foster parents for YSB before she joined the board of directors, as she is very passionate about ensuring the safety of children. She is also very dedicated to seeing that children have appropriate access to education and social interaction.

Dr. Labak attended Holy Family Grade School and Boylan Central Catholic High School in Rockford. She later attained her Associates Degree with Honors from Rock Valley College. She then attained her Bachelor’s degrees in Biological Science and Physiology, as well as a teacher’s certificate in secondary education from Southern Illinois University. She Graduated from CCOM (The Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine), now Midwestern University, in Downers Grove, IL in 1994.  She became a NBOME (National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners) Diplomat in 1995 after completing an Osteopathic internship. She completed the remainder of her residency at the University of Illinois Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn in 1997, and became ABFM Board Certified that same year.  Dr. Labak practiced in Rural Illinois at Dreyer Medical Group from 1997-2017. During her time at Dreyer Medical Group she served on the Chart Review Board, the QI committee and eventually became Medical Director of the ARCH unit at Hillside Nursing Home.  She continued to work with the Extended Care team and maintained her rural practice until she signed on with MercyHealth Rockford in August of 2017. Dr. Labak is looking forward to helping develop the new Family Med Residency Program at MercyHealth as a member of the core faculty and will continue to serve as a Primary Care Physician in her current practice location in Belvidere.

Dr. Labak is very excited to help develop and implement new opportunities for children in northern Illinois, in whatever way that she can. She is currently acting as the chairman for our Fund Development committee.

She is also hoping to help make YSB more profitable, for the children’s sakes. She says “I hope to help develop new and support current programs offered through YSB. I am also hopeful to help find new and exciting ways to help support these programs!”

4/1/2019 - FOSTER PARENTS OF THE QUARTER - Thomas "TJ" and Trinity Heck

Foster Parents of the Quarter April 2019

Congratulations to Thomas "TJ" and Trinity Heck

Thomas “TJ” and Trinity Heck have been married for 10 years and have been together for 20.  The couple originally began their foster care journey by helping out a family member whose child was born with substance exposure. They were willing to do whatever was necessary to help. Additionally, they recently took on another substance exposed infant and have been caring for him since his release from the hospital.

When the foster babies are sick in the hospital, both parents take turns to be there around the clock. 

In addition to their foster family, they have three children of their own...two of which came through private adoptions. 

On top of raising 5 children from the ages of 3 months to 18 years, they also run an in-home daycare together, which has been going strong for over 8 years. 

Despite the long hard road they’ve travelled, TJ and Trinity have been there every step of the way with a positive attitude to ensure that all of these children are properly cared for, safe, and mostly, loved.  

TJ and Trinity are not only amazing foster parents, but they are also genuinely great people with huge hearts. YSB is lucky to have such dedicated people on our team who believe so strongly in our mission.


4/1/2019 - Blue Ribbon Campaign Month

April is Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month. Youth Service Bureau of Illinois Valley recognizes this all month long, as well as throughout the rest of the year. Please be on the lookout for blue ribbons in Ottawa, Marseilles, and Streator. Also, there are Blue Ribbon pin baskets in businesses throughout our service area, including Aurora, Rockford, Glen Ellyn, Ottawa, Streator, Marseilles, Princeton, and LaSalle/Peru. 

If you have any questions regarding this campaign, please contact Sue Trost at 815-431-3035, or by e-mail at Sue@ysbiv.org