YSS Headquarters – Ames

420 Kellogg Avenue, Ames, IA, USA

Phone 5152333141


The FaDSS (Family Development and Self-Sufficiency) Program is a supportive service to assist Family Investment Program (FIP) families with significant or multiple barriers to reach self-sufficiency. FaDSS partners with PROMISE JOBS, an employment and training program for families receiving cash assistance through FIP. FaDSS provides services that promote, empower, and nurture families towards economic and emotional self-sufficiency.

Services:

  • Home visits
  • Goal setting
  • Advocacy
  • Family training and counseling
  • Family assessment
  • Referral services

Eligibility:

Families who receive FIP benefits and have significant barriers to self-sufficiency are eligible for service.

Intake Process:

Referral to FaDSS is made through the Department of Human Services, PROMISE JOBS Program, other third-party sources, and self-referrals.

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No


Program: Healthy Futures

As part of the Healthy Futures program, a certified family development specialist offers in-home prenatal support, information on parenting and child development, as well as available community resources.

Healthy Futures is made possible through many generous donors, including the program’s largest financial supporter Boone and Story County BooSt Together for Children/Early Childhood Iowa.

Services:

  • Screenings: For maternal depression, child development, and home safety are offered to every family receiving services.
  • Parenting Education: Evidence-based parenting curriculum educates parents about their child’s development stages, and provides tools to help them be the best parents they can be.
  • Family Assistance: A development specialist assists the family by providing referrals to appropriate resources. Special funds are also available to assist during a crisis (when available).

Eligibility:

Families who are pregnant or parenting children who are age five and younger.

Intake Process:

Respond to a questionnaire offered at a prenatal appointment with your doctor, or Contact the Healthy Futures program staff at 515-291-1216.

Payment:

No Cost to Participant

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No

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