Youth & Shelter Services, Inc.

Family Development

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What is FaDSS?

FaDSS (Family Development and Self-Sufficiency) is a statewide in-home family development program.  FaDSS is funded by a grant through the Iowa Department of Human Rights.  FaDSS is also part of Youth & Shelter Services, a non-profit human services organization.  Services at YSS are available to all clients in the most integrated setting regardless of race, creed, color, handicap, national origin, gender or sexual orientation.

  • FaDSS, as a family development and self-sufficiency program, builds upon the strengths of each family.
  • FaDSS helps families move toward individual growth, job retention and economic stability.
  • FaDSS supports and advocates for families when working with local agencies.

With FaDSS your Family will Set Goals to:

  • Improve your employment and job skills
  • Improve your budgeting skills
  • Improve the safety of you and your children
  • Access community activities and resources
  • Continue your education
  • Improve or maintain good health

Are you eligible to join FaDSS?

FaDSS offers programs to families headed by a person 25 years or younger (Dallas County has no age limit) who is receiving Family Investment Program (FIP) benefits.

FaDSS Program Activities

  • Home visits with a Family Development Specialist.
  • Parent education and support
  • Special Needs funds available
  • Workshops:

                          -Parenting Skills

                          -Communication Skills


                          -Safety Issues


                          -Stress Management

                          -Wellness Workshops

  • Family activities
  • Newsletters

                                                   Contact Us

YSS FaDSS Services are provided in:

Story County
420 Kellogg Avenue
Ames, Iowa 50010
Fax: 515-233-9358

Boone and Dallas County
806 7th Street, Suite U4,
Boone, Iowa 50036
Fax: 515-433-6019

Marshall County
11 East State Street
Marshalltown, Iowa 50158
Fax: 641-752-4768

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