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Family Development and Self Sufficiency (FaDSS)


Family Iowa families are strong, resourceful, and resilient. The Family Development and Self Sufficiency (FaDSS) program will provide your family with the support and encouragement you need to build on the strengths you already have.  We’re there for you – every step of the way.

Development Our Family Development Specialists work with you where you feel most comfortable – in your own home. We will assist in connecting your family to resources such as housing, food and energy assistance, transportation, counseling, and parent education.

Self-Sufficiency We work with your entire family to identify your priorities, set goals, and celebrate progress in moving towards self-sufficiency.

Eligibility Families with minor children who are at or below 175% of the federal poverty level and meet other criteria may be eligible for FaDSS. Check with your local FaDSS provider to learn more. 

FaDSS Video Series:

About FaDSS

Sarah's Story

Julie's Story

Mohammed & Entisar's Story

Sarah & Gary's Story

“Words can’t express my experience in this program.  I will never forget how my Specialist treated me and my granddaughter.  I benefited from setting monthly goals, making myself and my household organized and accountable.  We always looked forward to our visits.“ - former FaDSS family

"FaDSS has helped me become more organized and also helped me realize that I am able to help myself and my family." - former FaDSS family

 Contact a Family Development Specialist in your area to learn more.