What once was a popular parenting YouTube personality is now choking her own brand after she drew flak for giving up her son whom he adopted from China in October 2017.
Myka Stauffer, whose channel currently has hundreds of thousands of subscribers, and her husband, James, announced last Tuesday in a video titled “an update on our family” that they are permanently placing their autistic son to another family.
Parenting YouTuber “Rehomes” his adoptive son
Using the term “rehome,” the emotional couple shared the reasons why they had to make this decision. Apparently, 4-year-old Huxley suffered unspecified behavioral issues.
“Once Huxley came home, there was a lot more special needs that we weren’t aware of, and that we were not told,” James Stauffer tearfully said.
“Do I feel like a failure as a mom? Like, 500%,” Myka Stauffer admitted.
Myka and James have four biological children.
In an earlier post on Instagram, she shared how Huxley has been experiencing “melt downs.” Netizens have been calling out Myka for how she handles her son’s behavior, as if blaming him for having this condition.
In the span of two years, Myka has produced more than 20 vlogs, several sponsored, that involve Huxley, beginning from her “adoption journey” and regular updates about him. There was also one in which she crowdfunds and asks her followers to help her raise money for the boy.
“I wouldn’t trade him for anything”
Ironically, after much posts saying “I love everything about this little boy and I wouldn’t trade him for anything!” and the likes, she just couldn’t deal with the kid anymore after two years of raising him.
Many didn’t sit well with Myka sharing that Huxley now lives with a “new mommy” and in a “forever home.”
Newsflash, adopted children around the world have gone through abandonments such as what Myka did to Huxley. Children are not commodities that can be bought and used up. In fact, netizens sharing their own experiences have described.
In a statement given by Julia Bascom, the executive director of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, to HuffPost, it read that this “horrific” story is sadly more common than one would think.
“Children with disabilities are more likely than their non-disabled peers to be subject to abuse, neglect, and abandonment and to end up in child welfare systems, including the adoption system,” Bascom said. “Other international adoptees with disabilities have also been rejected by their adoptive families in this cruel way.”