Lawmakers are considering a bill that would prohibit the Department of Family and Protective Services from making a finding of "abuse" or "neglect' against a parent who surrenders parental rights to get a child mental health care. They say there's an unintended consequence that punishes parents who are only trying to do what's best for their children. 

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Clarification: This story was updated to clarify that Angela Brown wouldn’t automatically have to leave her position as a school teacher if she were placed on the Texas Child Abuse and Neglect Registry.

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