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. 

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


12/4/2018 - Our 2018 Holiday Letter!

1/8/2019 - YSB Sponsors “Trauma Informed Care” and “LGBTQ+ Awareness” Training

Youth Service Bureau of Illinois Valley recently sponsored an all-staff training on “Trauma Informed Care” and “LGBTQ+ Awareness”. The full day event was held at Grand Bear Lodge in Utica, IL on November 16, 2018.

The training included information on the causes and effects of sustained trauma in youth who come into our care, as well as how to help these clients in a way that doesn’t place additional trauma on them.  Additionally, staff were educated on the meaning of each letter in the LGBTQI+ (LGBTTQQIAAP: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, ally, pansexual) acronym and how to approach and respect each individual’s identity.  

The training was presented by Dr. Caryn Andrews, who has over 16 years of experience in the fields of Law Enforcement and Court Services. As a sworn law enforcement officer for over 13 years, she became passionate about educating first responders on mental health related issues, and responding to calls involving people with mental illness. She was the first police officer at her department to become a certified Crisis Intervention Team member in Kane County in 2010.

Dr. Andrews holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. She is currently the psychologist for the Kane County Juvenile Justice Center, where she is responsible for delivering psychological services to juveniles in the criminal justice system, as well as being responsible for the psychological safety of juveniles during their detention.

Staff at YSB are required to receive training throughout the year, credits varying between programs, to further their understanding of child welfare, mental health issues, and modern updates to treatment.  Training keeps each staff member at the forefront of their profession, and is highly beneficial to those in the community who need special treatment and care.



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