to the Family Development and Self-Sufficiency Program
MISSION: Improve the lives
of families at risk of long-term welfare dependency or family
instability by creating opportunities for self-sufficiency.
Family Development and Self-Sufficiency (FaDSS) Grant Program
was created during the 1988 Iowa General Assembly. The General
Assembly created the FaDSS Council within the Department of Human
Services to study, fund, and evaluate programs, which provide
development services to families who are at risk of long-term
welfare dependency. FaDSS is a supportive service to assist Family
Investment Program (FIP) 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 Grant Program. The Department
of Human Rights subcontracts with eighteen grantees statewide
to provide FaDSS services.
to FaDSS is made through the Department of Human Services, PROMISE
JOBS Program, other third-party sources, and self-referrals. Participation
in FaDSS is a voluntary option for people receiving Family Investment
Program (FIP) benefits. 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.