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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 guidelines and meet other criteria may be eligible for FaDSS services. Check with your local FaDSS provider to learn more. 

FaDSS Family Stories- video series









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