What is the Family Support Division?

The Family Support Division (FSD) is a state-administered agency responsible by law for the administration of programs and services to help empower Missourians to live safe, healthy, and productive lives. The Director of the Family Support Division is appointed by the Director of the Department of Social Services.

Our team can help with:

In order to best serve Missourians, we offer multiple ways to connect with FSD. If you need help, you can:

  • Apply for help online, manage your benefits, or start a chat by visiting myDSS.mo.gov
  • Schedule an appointment to visit an office nearest you (offices are located in each of the 114 counties of the state and in the city of St. Louis)
  • Call 855-FSD-INFO (855-373-4636) to speak with a team member

Grievances & Appeals

Applicants and recipients may file an appeal to the Family Support Division Director if:

  • You are unhappy with the decision made by a county office
  • Your claim or application for benefits or services are denied in whole or in part
  • Your benefits are canceled or modified
  • You are otherwise negatively affected by the FSD in the administration of its programs and services

Our History

The Family Support Division was created as a result of:

  • A law passed in 1807 provided for the care of dependent children by apprenticeship
  • A territorial provision for care of the adult poor that was enacted in 1815
  • Section 2 of the Bill of Rights of the State Constitution, which states (in part) that all constitutional government is intended to promote the general welfare of the people