As communities adapt to changing statewide and national demographics, the child, adult, and family services major will prepare you to work with people from the very young to the very old. In this field, you are trained to help people of all ages cope and conquer obstacles in order to lead a better, more fulfilling life. You will help them learn skills and strategies in:
- Child care
- Youth development
- Family interaction
- Conflict resolution
- Addiction/abuse treatment
The human development and family studies (HDFS) department is housed in the Palmer Building, which is also home to the Iowa State University Child Development Laboratory School and the Financial Counseling Clinic. In addition to these facilities, students will have access high tech classrooms and computer labs.”
The child, adult, and family services degree offers three specialized options:
- Child program: An option in the child program will prepare you to work with very young children, ages birth to 8 years, developing parental education programs, providing quality child care, advising families on critical issues, preventing child abuse, and advocating for child-friendly legislation.
- Youth program: The youth program option curriculum focuses on adolescents and young adults, with course work in family interaction, special needs education, and adolescent development. Graduates have found their career niches as youth service providers, 4-H coordinators, halfway-house managers, and juvenile court probation officers.
- Adult/family program: In the adult/family program option, you will be knowledgeable in the areas of family development and theory, conflict resolution, and abuse treatment. Potential career paths include adoption/foster care specialist, addiction counselor, and program/activity coordinator.
An accelerated degree option is available for the child, adult, and family services program.
Clubs and organizations
Study abroad programs
Are you considering a study abroad opportunity to broaden your educational perspectives and personal view of the world? We hope so! The HDFS department offers various international opportunities through the College of Human Sciences International Programs office.
Careers and internships
Graduates of the child, adult, and family service program are well-prepared for helping individuals and families overcome hardships. They are also able to pursue further education options in graduate programs.
Prepare for your next job with Career Services, where staff and peers help you with job searches, interview preparation, and resume/cover letter editing.
Look at a list of career possibilities inside the child, adult, and family services industries.
Internships are available with various companies and firms. For more information, visit our careers and internship page.