Youth Services Network Programs

IPS provides psychotherapy, intensive case management and wraparound services to foster children and foster families in order to maintain and to strengthen family units. The goals of IPS are:

  • Ensure the safety, permanency and well-being of children
  • Stabilize foster care placements
  • Facilitate youth development

The GIFT counseling program serves youth who have been sexually and/or physically abused or are victims of domestic violence. Services offered include individual and family counseling for children and non-offending parents. Parent coaching, therapeutic visitation and individualized parent education sessions are also offered. All services are trauma-informed and community-based.

The Intact Family Services program works with families who have come to the attention of DCFS as a result of an indicated finding from a child abuse/neglect investigation, or who have been involuntarily court ordered. Intact Family Services provides voluntary extensive in-home services to assure child safety, to preserve families and to avoid separation and/or placement of children. A family-centered approach is utilized to strengthen the families’ capacity to function effectively

The Extended Family Support Program provides short term services to relative caregivers that are not involved in the formal child welfare system. The goals of EFS are to:

  • Assist relative caregivers in obtaining private guardianship of the child
  • Assist relative caregivers in obtaining the child-only grant and/or other services
  • Assist school aged children in enrolling in the relative caregiver’s school system
  • Assist in obtaining basic goods and services needed to maintain a stable home for the child
  • Link relative caregivers to community resources to meet other needs

The Truancy Intervention program is a researched model of treatment for issues surrounding school attendance and truancy. YSN staff, together with Rockford Public School 205 staff and other community providers, work with students and families to reduce missed school days. YSN staff assess the reasons for missed school days or excessive tardies and work with the parents and the schools to reduce the barriers preventing school attendance. Interventions include: letters, phone calls, home visits, counseling, parent conferences, staff conferences, wraparound services, referrals to community resources and court.

Behavior Intervention Specialists are an integral component of the staff at the Rockford School District Empowerment Zone Schools. Each school utilizes the Connected Schools Model to better connect all students and staff to essential elements that promote school success for all.

The Life Skills program, which is based on the evidencebased Casey Life Skills Assessment, provides ageappropriate life skill activities to youth in DCFS care. YSN provides individualized or group training to achieve the highest priority learning goals. YSN utilizes “learning by doing” training methods. The primary goal is to help youth develop the tools needed to better transition to selfsufficiency and to prepare for post-secondary education or vocational training.

CCBYS provides 24-hour crisis intervention services to youth who have run away from home, who have been locked out of their homes by their parents, or who are out of control. The goal of the CCBYS program is to maintain youth safely in their homes and in their community.

The Bridge an emergency shelter for youth ages 14-21, offers an immediate safe haven for youth who are homeless, have run away from home, or are locked out of their homes by their parents/guardians. Services include: immediate shelter, food, clothing, case management, life skills, educational advocacy, vocational training, recreation and other support services. The shelter can accommodate 8 youth, males and females.

Safe-Place-logo_new_20121YSN is proud of its partnership with the City of Rockford Fire Department and the City of Belvidere Fire Department in the implementation of Project Safe Place. The fire departments act as a “safe place: for runaways and victims of domestic violence.” YSN is contacted for services for the youth.

For more information on any of our programs or services please contact us at Tel: 815.986.1947.