What is Family Development and Self Sufficiency (FaDSS)?

The Family Development and Self Sufficiency (FaDSS) program is an intensive in-home visitation program for families receiving family investment program payments (FIP) from the Department of Human Services.   The FaDSS program design recognizes that at-risk families face many issues and respond well to long term, intense personal interaction with trained staff to move to emotional and economic independence.  FaDSS believe that families can become strong, self-sufficient community members through their voluntary participation in the array of individualized services that the FaDSS program offers.

Home Visits

Home visits are the foundation of Sieda’s FaDSS program.  Visits in the home allow the family and the Specialist to foster a trusting relationship.  During these home visits, an array of assessment tools are completed with family members.  The family is assisted in identifying long and short term goals in conjunction with their Family Investment Agreement (FIA) that will enable them to become self sufficient.  The FaDSS Specialist works with the family to identify the progress that has been made in meeting these goals.  FaDSS provides advocacy, support and connections to community resources to assist the family as it strives toward independence.

All FaDSS Specialists are Certified Family Development Specialists.

FaDSS is fully providing services virtually to FIP recipients during the pandemic. 

For any openings, please call 641-814-2759 or 641-207-3459.


The family must be receiving FIP to be eligible to participate in the FaDSS program.

The FaDSS program is available in Appanoose, Davis, Jefferson, Keokuk, Mahaska, Van Buren & Wapello counties.

Helpful Links

State FaDSS Program

FaDSS Brochures

Contact Us

Program Manager
111 N  Main St, Suite #1, Centerville, IA  52554
641-814-2759 or 641-207-3459

Appanoose/Davis Counties
111 N  Main St, Suite #1
Centerville, IA  52554

FaDSS Specialist
Dianne Hendee
(641) 799-7646

Jefferson/Van Buren Counties
201 S 23rd Street
Fairfield, IA  52556

FaDSS Specialist
Stephanie Coffin
(641) 799-8658

Keokuk/Mahaska Counties
114 N Market St
Oskaloosa, IA  520577

FaDSS Specialist
Jamie Anderson

Wapello County
725 W Second Street
Ottumwa, IA  52501

FaDSS Specialists
641-799-8993 – Melissa Maxey
641-799-8956 – Whitney McLaughlin