12/7/2015 - 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!


7/5/2017 - July 2017 Foster Parents of the Quarter

Foster Parents of the Quarter

July 2017

Congratulations to Calvin and Pat Duffield!

Pat and Cal have been nominated by a staff member outside of the foster care program due to their great dedication, hard work, love and commitment, and unconditional love for the children that they have either fostered, adopted, or taken guardianship of over the years… AND for their unconditional support of biological families. They were licensed on January 1, 1998 and have continued to build a solid foundation within the foster care program for almost 20 years.

The Duffield’s like to fly under the radar in the work they do. They have made countless financial donations to the Youth Service Bureau over the years. They have taken every child into their home without reservation about the child’s needs. They believe in doing the necessary work for the good of the children, and yet, they don’t look at fostering as work.

They began their journey with their daughter, Rachel, who is now a Pharmacist. They’ve adopted three children and have taken guardianship of two. They are currently fostering another young man. Many years ago the family took in a sibling group of five. The children eventually returned home to their parents. Even after their return, Pat and Cal remained a support to the family. In one of many generous moments, Pat bought five pairs of tennis shoes for these children after they had already gone home. They have always remained in touch, and continue to have guardianship of one of the five.

The Duffield’s have always been a very gracious host to YSB staff, other foster families, children, and anyone who is blessed to be in their lives. They have never asked for thanks or a pat on the back for their work, but it has never gone unnoticed.

Congratulations Pat and Cal. YSB and the world has been truly blessed with your family!

Being a Foster Parent is a rewarding experience that can positively change the life of a child forever. YSB is looking for more people who are willing to open up their homes and their hearts to children in need. If you are interested in becoming a Foster Parent and would like more information about becoming a Foster Parent, please contact Kelley Lumpkin at 630-820-6303, or follow us to our website at www.ysbiv.org.

Pictured below are Calvin Duffield, Kiersten, Jordan Pless, Rachel, Gary, and Pat

7/19/2017 - School Supplies Needed

Youth Service Bureau is looking for school supplies to distribute to our clients. If you would be interested in donating, please contact Sue Trost at 815-431-3035, or by e-mail at Sue@ysbiv.org.

These are some of the items that are most in demand:

- Backpacks
- Mechanical Pencils
- Glue sticks
- Washable markers
- 3 ring binder pencil cases
- Children's blunt end and sharp scissors
- Tissues
- Ink pens
- 5 subject notebooks

Thank you for any donation you are able to give!

8/1/2017 - The Heart of the YSB Child Development Center Beats Strong

The future of our world resides in the hearts of the young. It is our responsibility to nurture them and teach them respect, responsibility, and caring for others.

Youth Service Bureau’s Child Development Center, formerly known as ‘The Kid’s Place’, has been a safe place for children in the LaSalle/Peru community since 1988. It provides a space for young children ranging in ages from 15 months to 6 years to learn and grow, and to have fun. The instructors encourage and guide the children to be successful through play and creative learning techniques, preparing them for kindergarten and beyond.

Leading the Child Development program is Director Debra Wackerline, a woman who has spent many years of her life dedicated to helping children find joy through knowledge. Debra began her career as a secretary, and soon moved on to teaching children in a YMCA daycare/preschool program, which she did happily for 22 years. After that, she found her way to Youth Service Bureau and has not regretted a moment since.

Debra says that she has the highest quality staff that any director could ask for. “My girls work hard. I prefer to talk to them, not at them, and to foster joy for their work each and every day. They work happily as a team and the Center runs smoothly because of it.” She has an open door policy for all staff, students and parents, and you can often find her at the Center after everyone else has gone home to make sure that everybody’s questions and concerns have been taken care of.

The Child Development Center is licensed by DCFS and the National Council of Accreditation for Children and Family Services. It regularly earns top marks in reviews and has earned the Gold Circle of Quality from ExcelRate Illinois (http://www.excelerateillinois.com/), the highest rating possible.

Children come from their learning experiences in the Center knowing how to treat others with respect and to approach others with open minds, knowing that each person is different and has something special to offer the world. Local resident Tracee Cole sent her granddaughter, Jadyn, through the Center and has only high praise for them. “She was encouraged to view every person equally, to not judge, and to treat everyone as a friend. Jadyn still talks about her teachers and friends at the Child Development Center.”  Her granddaughter has now moved on to grade school where she is a flourishing and happy straight A student.  

The Center is open from Monday through Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and welcomes anyone interested in getting a head start for their child to come in and look around.  

For more information on our Child Development Center, please visit www.ysbiv.org, or the Center’s webpage: www.ysbdaycare.org. Also, you can find the Child Development Center on Facebook for updates, news and photos. You can also contact Debra at 815-224-4244, or stop in for a visit at 901 Grant Ave. in LaSalle, IL.