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July 10, 2018

Contact:  Amanda Goodman, Executive Director

Family & Children’s Council of Black Hawk County



Family & Children’s Council Seeking Nominations for Child Advocate of the Year

Waterloo –   Family & Children’s Council of Black Hawk County is looking for nominees for its coveted Frances Mills Child Advocate of the Year Award.

Frances Mills is a legend at FCC for being a leader and advocate for children.  She bravely went forward to do whatever was needed to make this world a safer place for children. Each year, FCC gives an award to an outstanding individual from our community who continues to do Frances’ work, demonstrating her spirit and commitment to always keep the needs of children foremost in all of the work they do.

This award is meant for people who found a passion with helping children and families and made a positive difference in their lives.  Recipients of the Frances Mills Child Advocate Award exemplify her gentle guidance and commitment to making the world a safer and nurturing place for children to grow and fulfill their dreams.

The award will be presented at FCC’s Blue Dress Gala on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at the Courtyard by Marriot Waterloo. A nomination form is attached. It can be found at, by calling 319-234-7600 or by visiting FCC offices at 316 W. 5th Street in Waterloo.

Nominations are due by August 24th, 2018 to Family & Children’s Council at 316 W. 5th Street, Waterloo or by emailing

For more information, contact Amanda Goodman at 319-234-7600 or


Do you know the warning signs of child sexual abuse?

Written by Jessica Hartman, Multimedia Reporter

Posted: Jan 31, 2018 9:33 PM CST

Updated: Jan 31, 2018 9:50 PM CST

BLACK HAWK COUNTY (KWWL) - Child sexual abuse.  It can happen anywhere, anytime, and it happens right here in our own backyard.

It's why Glenda Husome of the Family and Children's Council of Black Hawk County says the recent headlines from the sentencing of former USA Gymnastics team doctor, Larry Nassar, cannot be forgotten.

Nassar is accused of sexually assaulting several hundred young athletes.

"Now that people are realizing this is; one fourth of our population are victims of child sexual abuse. Something has to be done," said Husome.

The conversation has been started, and now it's time for Iowans to be a part of the solution and prevention.

"Every adult knows a child that they care about," said Husome.

The council offers free training about the five steps to recognize and stop the abuse, including warning signs like the following.

"If you have young people that are acting out in ways that are sexually-oriented or using vocabulary that you haven't taught them, that is a good sign that they are hearing that from someone else," said Husome.

Anna Koehler is studying family services at the University of Northern Iowa and has used this training to help victims.

"Whenever a student comes forward, I know that we are making a difference and that child is on their way to getting the help they need," said Koehler. "I can tell that I am using what I learned to make a difference in the community and help these children."

The program is called Stewards of Children. The Family and Children's Council of Black Hawk County covers the cost of the booklet and class.

For more information on the program, visit

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