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From the very young to the very old, students in human development and family services help populations reach their full potential, despite life’s challenges, such as addiction, abuse, aging, chronic illness, immigration, and special needs.

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The Iowa State University financial counseling and planning bachelor’s degree program, which is the only program of its kind in Iowa, is now an approved program of excellence by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards.

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HDFS News Stories from the College of Human Sciences

Two College of Human Sciences women featured in calendar
Christina “Tina” Hillman in child, adult, and family services and Anne Oldham in food science and human nutrition are among 12 women featured in the 2016 Women Impacting ISU calendar, which will be unveiled Wednesday.
Parents have more influence than they might realize to prevent substance use
New research shows parents can reduce the risk of their children experimenting with alcohol or drugs by maintaining a healthy and open relationship with their children.
College of Human Sciences celebrates high-achieving graduates
The Iowa State University College of Human Sciences will recognize the accomplishments of approximately 150 graduating students in a series of events on Dec. 18 and 19.
Iowa State students connect teens with healthy choices
Iowa State University students help teenagers connect with healthy choices by sharing stories and strategies of overcoming difficulties in life through the Iowa Department of Public Health's IAMincontrol blog.
Research internship gives undergraduates hands-on experience working with prestigious faculty
The Rosenfeld research internship gives undergraduates the opportunity to work with prestigious faculty and prepare for graduate school.
New toolkit helps Iowans better manage their finances
Iowa social service workers have a new way to help their clients with financial issues, thanks to a nationally recognized toolkit being offered by Human Sciences Extension and Outreach.
Child therapy may benefit parents’ emotional health
Research by doctoral student Erin Neill in human development and family studies shows that mothers' and children's emotional health and well-being improve in relationship to each other.
Program creates healthier outcomes for families with pre-teens
The Strengthening Families Program 10-14 offered by ISU Human Sciences Extension and Outreach addresses potential problems before they start.
Statewide evaluation aims to improve quality of home visiting programs
Iowa State researchers aim to support at-risk families by improving Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Programs through a statewide evaluation.
Child Development Laboratory School employs former attendee
Mattie Bruning, an Iowa State student and graduate of the Child Development Laboratory School, now works there as an undergraduate employee.