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'Dirty little secret' | Georgia mom angry after state forces her to trade custody of her son for his mental health treatment

At the root of child abandonment is a lack of services. It's not that they don't exist, it's that parents are often denied access to care for their child's needs.

Rebecca Lindstrom

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Published: 7:13 PM EST November 15, 2021
Updated: 9:58 AM EST January 25, 2022

It’s not a ranking to be proud of. According to Mental Health America, Georgia ranks 51, the absolute last in the nation when it comes to access to mental health care.

The Austin family is living the reality of what that ranking means. Earlier this year, they agreed to give up custody of their son Jacob, in exchange for the residential behavioral therapy he needs.

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