The Family & Children's Council of Black Hawk County is seeking nominations for the Frances Mills Child Advocate Award.

Frances Mills is a legend at Family & Children’s Council (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 that they do.

She helped start FCC, served on the board and committees, and was very active, along with her husband, a Waterloo physician, in starting up the Parent to Parent program. She helped to arrange access for the agency to new moms in local hospitals, seeing the advantage of supporting parents right away and not waiting until there were parenting troubles.

Frances was also on the Waterloo School Board and advocated for children across the state of Iowa.

This award is meant for people who found a passion with helping children and families and
make 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 safe and nurturing place for children to grow and fulfill their dreams.

The award will be presented at the Family & Children's Council Annual Fall Dinner & Auction on October 28, 2016, at the Sunnyside Country Club. Award recipients will be recognized in local media and through FCC literature so that the community is aware of their service.

A nomination form is available on the FCC website:, visiting our Facebook page at, by calling 319-234-7600, or visiting the FCC office at 2051 Kimball Avenue, Waterloo.

Nominations are due by October 10, 2016, to Family and Children's Council, 2051 Kimball Avenue, Waterloo IA 50702 or emailed to