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About FaDSS

MISSION: Improve the lives of families at risk of long-term welfare dependency or family instability by creating opportunities for self-sufficiency.

The Family Development and Self-Sufficiency (FaDSS) program was created during the 1988 Iowa General Assembly. The General Assembly created the FaDSS Council to study, fund, and evaluate programs, which provide development services to families who are at risk of long-term welfare dependency and family instability. FaDSS is a supportive service to assist low income families with significant or multiple barriers reach self-sufficiency. The Department of Human Services contracts with the Department of Human Rights, Division of Community Action Agencies to administer the FaDSS program. The Department of Human Rights subcontracts with fifteen agencies statewide to provide FaDSS services. Referral to FaDSS can be made through the Department of Human Services, PROMISE JOBS Program, other third-party sources, and self-referrals. Participation in FaDSS is a voluntary.

FaDSS provides services that promote, empower, and nurture families towards economic and emotional self-sufficiency. The foundation of FaDSS is regular home visits with families, using a strength-based approach. Core services include support, goal setting, and assessment. Support is given in many ways such as referrals, group activities, linking families to communities and advocacy. Assessment aids the family to identify strengths that they possess that may be used to eliminate barriers to self-sufficiency. Goal setting helps families break down goals that seem out of reach into small steps that will lead to success.

FaDSS Program Design
FaDSS Program Standards
Menu of Selected Assessment and Screening Tools

FaDSS Evaluation Framework - 2014
FaDSS Research Compendium - 2014
2020 FaDSS Implementation Findings from the Evaluation of Employment Coaching

FaDSS Annual Reports

FaDSS Annual Report 2021
FaDSS Annual Report 2020
FaDSS Annual Report 2019
FaDSS Annual Report 2018
FaDSS Annual Report 2017

To find a FaDSS program in your area visit Where to Apply locate the county you are interested in.

For more information regarding the FaDSS program or questions about the website please call 515-281-5938 or email Lorie Easter or Page Humphrey.