GRADY CO., GA (WALB) - For the first year ever, Grady County is painting the whole town blue, calling on the community to come together for National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
On Monday night, members from the Department of Family and Children Services, local leaders and state employees joined together for a ceremony.
DFCS Assistant Division Director Semeka Harmon was the speaker at the ceremony.
Harmon said until she got fully into her position, which requires her to read through every incident report involving a child, she never knew the depth and magnitude of child abuse in Georgia.
"Our children deserve it, we don't need to have one more child die because we haven't done all that we can do to help and change that. Our children deserve that," said Harmon.
Officials said that right now, there are currently 40 kids in foster care in Grady County and 17 active cases.