Community commits to Child Abuse Prevention

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By Tia Lynn Ivey

managing editor

Civic and community leaders gathered on the front lawn of the Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) to publicly pledge themselves to the fight against child abuse last Thursday. The ceremony included an array of pinwheels to symbolize each child in Morgan County that has suffered from abuse. Event organizers believe pinwheels are the perfect symbol to represent these children, because even though the wind blows hard against them, they still thrive.

Velde Hardy, director of Family Connection, hopes the community will educate themselves during Child Abuse Prevention Month in order to take effective action in eradicating child abuse and neglect in our county.

“This event is important because it brings various sectors of the community together to raise awareness of the on-going need to stand together in support of our families,” said Hardy. “Sadly in 2014, there were 69 substantiated cases of child abuse and neglect here in Morgan County which continues to exceed the rate for the state of Georgia.  We believe one child abused is one child too many.  The Proclamation and Pinwheel Ceremony serves as a reminder each one of us has a role in ensuring all children have an opportunity to enjoy a happy and safe childhood where they can flourish and thrive.  At Morgan County Family Connection we will continue to serve as the catalyst bringing awareness to this issue.  Together we can make a difference.”

Some of the local programs that work to prevent child abuse in the county are: Morgan County First Steps Program, Parent Cafes, The Ferst Foundation, and Local Interagency Planning Team. Each civic leader vowed to use their position to prevent child abuse from occurring. For more information about Child Abuse Prevention Month, contact Velde T. Hardy, Family Connection Coordinator, at (706) 343-5907.

January 10, 2011.

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