Family Development and Self-Sufficiency (FaDSS)


Each year, MICA helps Iowa families successfully re-enter the workforce through its Family Development and Self-Sufficiency Program (FaDSS).


FaDSS provides in-home support to families receiving FIP (welfare) assistance, helping them increase their stability and their ability to become economically self-sufficient.


FaDSS works through family development specialists, who meet one-on-one with families in regular home visits. Together, specialists and families address the barriers affecting their success. They complete assessment tools and develop goals around areas critical to the family's overall well-being, such as employment, substance abuse, education, physical health, and mental health.


Family Development is a powerful model. It empowers families to take control of their lives and create change. Family Development equips families with the skills they need for a successful future: strong problem-solving and goal-setting skills; an understanding of the dynamics at play in their lives; and a vision for the future.


Use the contact form below to connect with a FaDSS specialist today!

Do you qualify for FaDSS?

To qualify for MICA's FaDSS program, you must:

Be a participant in the Family Investment Program (FIP)


Participate in Promise Jobs


Reside in Hardin, Jasper, Marion, Marshall, Tama, Poweshiek, Story, Boone or Warren counties.

Contact a FaDSS Specialist

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FaDSS Works! - Christina's Story

Christina joined FaDSS as a single mother of three children (7, 4, and 6 weeks). She was working part-time, but fell behind on her bills when she was on an unpaid maternity leave. She was living in an unsafe apartment building that really concerned her.


After her maternity leave, Christina returned to work. At this point she was very behind on her bills and struggled to get caught up. Since joining FaDSS, Christina has become a full-time employee at Progress Industries. Christina was also able to move to a rental house in a good neighborhood and is happy to say that she feels safe and secure with her family living there. She has been working on paying down her debts and has been able to get caught up on her utilities. 


Christina has become a great advocate for herself and her family. She has called to cancel her FIP benefits, confident that she will be able to cover her expenses without them, and has also been able to get her own medical insurance for her and her daughters.