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Child, Adult, and Family Services
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. You will help them learn skills and strategies in education, child care, youth development, family interaction, conflict resolution, and addiction/abuse treatment. For individuals and families facing life’s challenge, such as alcohol or substance abuse, immigration, family conflict, and death, finding support can be difficult. Students graduating with a degree in Child, Adult, and Family Services are trained to help people of all ages cope and conquer obstacles in order to lead a better, more fulfilling life.
How to Prepare for this Program
Volunteer at organizations that serve children, youth, families, and older adults.
Related Majors and Minors
Accelerated Degree Option
An accelerated degree option is available for the child, adult, and family services program.
Learning communities connect students with social and learning activities that extend well beyond the classroom. Students in many communities take a few courses together, get to know upperclassmen peer mentors, study together as a group, do service projects, and gather just for fun. Human Development and Family Studies Learning Community
Clubs and Organizations
Connect with people who share similar interests across the ISU campus.
Careers working with children:
Careers working with youth:
Careers working with families and adults:
Students and alumni are eligible to contact career services in the College of Human Sciences for assistance in these areas:
Students majoring in child, adult, and family services are required to complete a 320-360 hour internship during their senior year with the goal of applying the knowledge learned in the classroom to a work setting. Students find and choose an internship site themselves with the support and guidance from the HDFS department internship coordinator. Internships can be completed in Iowa, out of state, and even internationally. More » View Child, Adult, and Family Services student internship experiences at Career Connections.
Brenda Lohman, an associate professor in Human Development and Family Studies, is leading the Three-City Teacher Survey (TCTS), which supplements the assessment of economic, academic, and social competencies among low-income, urban children and adolescents who face multiple family and community risks. She, along with other faculty members in HDFS, use examples of ongoing research to enhance classroom learning. Learn more about HDFS faculty research. HDFS faculty list
The Department of Human Development and Family Studies is housed in the Palmer Building, which is also home to the ISU Child Development Laboratory School and the Financial Counseling Clinic. In addition to these facilities, students will have access high tech classrooms, computer labs, and the Center for Technology in Learning and Teaching (CTLT).
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