Youth Services Network

Serving youth and families in Winnebago and Boone counties with strength-based care.

Our Mission

The mission of Youth Services Network is to develop, provide and coordinate services that improve the physical, psychological and social well-being of youth in Winnebago and Boone Counties.

Since 1982 Youth Services Network, Inc. (YSN) has provided services to youth in Winnebago and Boone Counties. YSN staff serve youth ages 0-21 and their families by providing trauma-informed, holistic, community- based services. YSN is a Child Welfare Agency licensed by the State of Illinois.

The youth served by YSN staff have a variety of issues:

  • Emotional or mental health problems
  • Pregnant or parenting
  • Runaway or homeless
  • Victims of sexual and/or physical abuse or domestic violence
  • Delinquent behaviors
  • Truancy/school issues

Our Core Values

  • We promote and respect individual choice
  • We abide by a strong code of integrity that directs our work
  • We operate with a sense of passion and caring
  • We believe in the strengths of families and make a commitment to support all families in their efforts
    to improve their lives

Stats and Facts

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YSN staff serve over 8,000 children and families per year.
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YSN has over 115 full and part-time staff.

YSN staff are involved in numerous community committees dedicated to facilitating change, including, but not limited to:

  • 17th Judicial Circuit Family Violence Coordinating Council (Child & Youth Safety Committee and Domestic Violence Awareness Committee)
  • AEAC of United Way of Rock River Valley
  • Alignment Rockford
  • Boone County Networking Committee
  • Boone County Drug Prevention Coalition
  • Bridges Out of Poverty workgroup
  • Detention of Children Task Force
  • Early Learning Council of Rockford Area
  • Foster Care Alliance – Winnebago & Boone County
  • Local Area Network (LAN 32)
  • Mayor’s Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking Task Force
  • Northern Illinois Homeless Coalition
  • Rockford Fatherhood Coalition
  • The Truancy Task Force
  • Trauma Informed Community Committee
  • Violence Reduction Committee of the Winnebago County Health Department
  • Winnebago County Action Team
  • Youth Council of The Workforce Connection
  • Youth Mental Health System of Care Committee

Board of Directors

  • Constance SchluppPresident
  • Dr. Cindy StearSecretary
  • Rusti SwansonTreasurer
  • Chris KelleyBoard of Directors
  • Kay WadsworthBoard of Directors
  • Lloyd EverardBoard of Directors
  • Nichole HoeyBoard of Directors
  • John O’ConnorBoard of Directors
  • Dave Reiter – Board of Directors
  • Brendan Behl – Board of Directors