About the Family Support Division (FSD)

The concern of Missouri citizens for the welfare of the people dates to the territorial period before the State was admitted to the Union. A law of 1807 provided for the care of dependent children by apprenticeship, and a territorial provision for care of the adult poor was enacted in 1815. Section 2 of the Bill of Rights of the State Constitution also states in part: that all constitutional government is intended to promote the general welfare of the people; .... Today, the administration of Missouri’s programs for the welfare of its people is the primary responsibility of the Family Support Division, Department of Social Services.

The Director of the Family Support Division is appointed by the Director of the Department of Social Services who in turn, is appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. With the exception of a limited number of unclassified personnel, all FSD employees are selected under a state merit plan.

In order to provide a comprehensive service delivery system, FSD maintains an office in each of the 114 counties of the state and in the city of St. Louis.

The Family Support Division is a state-administered agency responsible by law for administration of the programs and services.

Any person who wishes to apply for a program or service may start on the FSD Home page for an overview of programs and services. If you have questions, call 1-855-373-4636 or visit an FSD Resource Center near you.

Applicants and recipients may appeal to the FSD Director if their claims or applications for benefits or services are denied in whole or in part or if they are otherwise dissatisfied with decisions made by FSD county offices. Such appeals may be made, also, if benefits are canceled or modified or if a client is otherwise adversely affected by determination of FSD in the administration of its programs and services.

An equal opportunity/Affirmative action employer. Services provided on a non-discriminatory basis.