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FaDSS (Family Development and Self-Sufficiency Program) is a home visitation program for low income families available in ALL 99 COUNTIES IN IOWA. FaDSS families participate voluntarily in free services in partnership with their FaDSS Family Development Specialist who works with the whole family to address their basic needs, improve child well-being, and develop career opportunities that, in turn, IMPROVE LIVES, FAMILIES, AND COMMUNITIES.

What are the Benefits of Participating in FaDSS?

  • The program is free and voluntary

  • We meet with you in your own home

  • We will meet with you at least one time per month

  • Your family will receive support and encouragement to build on the strengths you already have

  • We will assist in connecting your family to resources such as housing, food and energy assistance, transportation, counseling, and parent education

  • The entire family will be supported to identify your priorities, set goals, and celebrate progress in moving towards self-sufficiency

What is Required to Apply for FaDSS?

  1. Meet income guidelines
  2. Have a child 18 or under in the household
  3. Reside in Iowa
  4. U.S. Citizen or Legal Immigrant

FaDSS is offered in the following counties:

  • Buena Vista
  • Clay
  • Dickinson
  • Emmet
  • Hamilton
  • Humboldt
  • O'Brien
  • Osceola
  • Palo Alto
  • Pocahontas
  • Webster
  • Wright

How do I Apply?

Call FaDSS at 515-576-7774

Resources for Families and Community Partners

  • FaDSS FY22 Annual Report