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 at or below the 175% of the poverty level. 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 FaDSS Specialist works with the family to identify goals based on the family’s strengths and needs.  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.

For any openings, please call 641-814-2759.


Participants are no longer required to be on FIP. 

The eligibility for entering our program is now 175% of the poverty level.

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
Ranae Banicky
725 W Second Street, Ottumwa, IA  52501

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

FaDSS Specialist
Dianne Ellis
(641) 799-7646

Jefferson, Van Buren, & Wapello Counties
725 W Second Street
Ottumwa, IA  52501

FaDSS Specialists
641-799-8993 – Melissa Maxey
641-799-8956 – Dana Rowe

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

FaDSS Specialist
Jamie Anderson