Youtuber Blasted for ‘Rehoming’ Adopted Son with Autism
The four-year-old boy reportedly had “special needs we were not aware of”.
Influencer Myka Stauffer first introduced her adopted son Huxley to fans back in 2017.
The now-four-year-old boy was adopted from China by Myka and her husband James – joining their four other biological kids at the couple’s US home.
But now, just over three years later, Myka and James have decided to “rehome” Huxley, New York Post reports.
In a video posted on YouTube, titled “An update to our family”, the couple said that they came to the decision after discovering “there were a lot more special needs that we were not aware of.”
“Numerous medical professionals have felt that he needed a different fit. He needed more,” Myka said of her adopted son with autism while fighting back tears.
“She treated him like a brand deal”
The move has already outraged Myka’s fans, who are now accusing her of using Huxley for publicity.
The mum, who has 162k followers on Instagram and 700k followers on YouTube, has garnered partnerships with big-name companies like Big Lots, TJ Maxx and Danimals yoghurt.
There have now been calls for these sponsorships to be pulled, with #cancelstauffers trending online.
“@MykaStauffer adopted an autistic child from China and after years of having him, she gave him up for adoption because he had ‘bad behaviour’ after using him for $$ on her YouTube channel,” one user commented online.
“She adopted a child for views and then got rid of him and treated him like a brand deal,” another added.
“It’s so cool to see him transform”
In the video, the couple begged for “privacy” Myka telling viewers that she “I didn’t adopt a little boy to share these things publicly”.
“99.95 per cent of the struggles we have never publicly aired,” she added.
She went on to say that Huxley is now “doing really well” after being placed with his “forever family”.
“He’s thriving, he’s doing really well, and his new mummy has medical, professional training,” she said.
“It’s so cool to see him transform.”
Lead image from Myka Stauffer/YouTube
This article was first published on KidSpot and republished on theAsianparent with permission.