In 2011, Georgia had the 12th highest rate in the country of number of children dying as a result of child abuse and neglect, according to federal reports. This high rate of child maltreatment — along with the deaths of 152 children whose families were known to the Department of Family and Children Services — is a rallying point for us all, one that demands a call to action.
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