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YouTuber Myka Stauffer sparks outrage by ‘rehoming’ adopted 4-year-old son with autism

YouTuber Myka Stauffer sparks outrage by ‘rehoming’ adopted 4-year-old son with autism
Myka and James Stauffer
YouTuber Myka Stauffer has confirmed that she and her husband have ‘rehomed’ their adopted four-year-old son, who has autism.  The 32-year-old and her husband James adopted Huxley from China two and a half years ago. However, he has now been ‘rehomed’, with the couple admitting he had ‘special needs that we weren’t aware of’. The couple confirmed the news in a seven minute long video on Myka’s YouTube channel, which has 716,000 subscribers. ‘With international adoptions, there’s unknowns and things that are not transparent on files, and once Huxley came home, there was a lot more special needs that we weren’t aware of, and that we were not told,’ James said. ‘So over the last few years, Huxley has been in numerous therapies to try and help him with all of his needs. ‘For us, it’s been really hard hearing from the medical professionals, a lot of their feedback, and things that have been upsetting, really upsetting for us, because this is not what we’ve ever wanted to hear. We’ve never wanted to be in this position. And we’ve been trying to get his needs met and help him out as much as possible… We truly love him.’


In tears, Myka added: ‘There’s not an ounce of our body that doesn’t love Huxley with all of our being.  ‘There wasn’t a minute that I didn’t try our hardest and I think what Jim is trying to say is that after multiple assessments, after multiple evaluations, numerous medical professionals have felt that he needed a different fit and that his medical needs, he needed more.

 She continued: ‘Do I feel like a failure as a mom? Like, 500 percent. So when you get insidious, hurtful comments, it just makes it hurt worse. It’s not about me at all, it’s just this journey, the last couple months have been like the hardest thing I could have ever imagined to going to choosing to do because ultimately, after pouring our guts and our heart into this little boy…’ The couple said that they would not reveal exactly what happened with Huxley to protect his privacy, as they didn’t want to impact the four-year-old’s future.  Myka explained that Huxley was now with a ‘new forever family’, who she said were the ‘perfect’ match for him. She said: ‘He is thriving, he is very happy, he is doing really well, and his new mommy has medical professional training, and it is a very good fit.’ Myka and James are also parents to four biological children, Kova, Jaka, Radley and Onyx, who she gave birth to last June. Myka has since changed her Twitter bio to read: ‘Subcribe and follow my life with 4 kids through motherhood.’ Stauffer – who has sponsorship deals with Big Lots, TJ Maxx and Danimals yoghurt – has been hit with major backlash for rehoming their son on social media. Many tweets called her the ‘ultimate Karen’, while one post read: ‘myka stauffer really just gave her kid away bc adoption wasn’t a dreamy aesthetic journey like she thought it’d be. these ig moms are another level of gross. that poor sweet little boy.’ To be clear she pretended he didn’t exist for MONTHS and deleted comments from concerned followers. Finally JUST addressed it today bc people were tagging her sponsors asking why they’re paying someone who, like… gave up their child after gleefully profiting off him for years— Sophie Ross (@SophRossss) May 27, 2020 I can’t believe you @MykaStauffer Huxley wasn’t a pet, and you brought him into your children’s lives. Then you ripped that from them. You never would’ve done that had he been your biological child. Horrible.— emily (@emilyopinions) May 27, 2020 im sick 😷 @MykaStauffer adopted an autistic child from china and after years of having him, she gave him up for adoption because he had “bad behavior” after using him for $$$ on her youtube channel of almost 1mil subs. people like this do not deserve followings or children— lydia love 🦋 (@generichoe) May 27, 2020 Imagine adopting a little boy from China who’s an orphan with special needs, taking him away from everything he knows, only to give him up and “rehome” him a few years later. Some of these YouTube families are actually shocking. #mykastauffer— lily (@_lxlyevie) May 27, 2020 @MykaStauffer imagine writing out these captions and not meaning a single word. You adopted him solely for the attention it would give you and now you’re giving him away. Unbelievable pic.twitter.com/68pfN1I2jP— Not Nora (@ParticleSoop) May 27, 2020 Another read: ‘Imagine adopting a little boy from China who’s an orphan with special needs, taking him away from everything he knows, only to give him up and “rehome” him a few years later.  Some of these YouTube families are actually shocking.’ And writer Sophie Ross tweeted: ‘Extremely depressed reading about the influencer who raised funds to adopt a son, made this her “brand,” discovered he has special needs, secretly rehomed him, blocked ppl asking about him (after her followers helped fund the adoption) & put out a video making herself the victim. ‘To be clear she pretended he didn’t exist for MONTHS and deleted comments from concerned followers. Finally JUST addressed it today bc people were tagging her sponsors asking why they’re paying someone who, like… gave up their child after gleefully profiting off him for years.’ Many others have called for Myra to be stripped of her sponsorship deals.  Myka’s last photo of Huxley came in March when she wrote on Instagram alongside a picture with her adoptive son: ‘Last month was the hardest month I have ever had as a mama. And I’m still working through all of it. But instead of leading with my heart, I’m following yours! #adoptiontrauma #adoptee #adopteevoice #reactiveattachmentdisorder.’ And the previous month she wrote: ‘The last couple days have been hard I don’t want to sugar coat anything. We have had a lot of melt downs, and lots of behaviors that have had us on our knees begging god for guidance!  ‘On social medial and Youtube we rarely show the behaviors or the hard stuff, because we try our best to respect our sons privacy and dignity. We have hard days, lots of them. I wish autism and adoption trauma had a manual to direct you through it all.’ In October 2017, she uploaded a video of Huxley’s adoption, saying it was ‘dedicated to all orphans around the world’. MORE: YOUTUBERS Saffron Barker announces collaboration with In The Style and we're already obsessed Logan Paul congratulates 'brother' KSI on album release and the feud is officially over Joe Wicks 'nominated for OBE' after becoming nation's favourite PE teacher In an article she wrote for Parade, Myka said that they were informed when adopting Huxley that he had a brain tumour, and wrote: ‘Since Chinese adoption laws only allow U.S. couples to adopt children who have special needs (besides other stipulations), at first, we couldn’t wrap our heads around special needs adoption. We would just say, “No we can’t handle all of that, we just want a simple adoption.” But as we let the idea soak in, God softened our hearts. Before we knew it, we were open to almost every special needs in the book.’ She continued to explain that when they returned home, they discovered he had other needs. ‘Our son ended up having a stroke in utero, has level 3 autism, and sensory processing disorder. It took a lot of time to process and to readjust to his new diagnosis. We spent 10 months preparing for brain tumors and never once did I read about autism or stroke damage—it was a curve ball.  ‘Today, he’s four and just starting to form words and repeat some of the words he hears and has over 15 signs. He is a great kid and his condition doesn’t involve that much overall care—all you need is a big heart and practice patience everyday. It’s a different kind of patience.’ As well as Myka’s 700,000 subscribers on her channel, the family’s Stauffer Life channel has 332,000 subscribers, while James’s Stauffer Garage channel – for car cleaning and detailing tips – has another 940,000 subscribers

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