YouTuber Myka Stauffer SLAMMED For Giving Up Her Autistic Son She Adopted From China
YouTuber Myka Stauffer is being dragged on social media for the recent revelation that she chose to “rehome” her adopted son with special needs. She and her husband James posted a tearful video explaining the situation.
Social media users are criticizing Myka not only for giving up her son of two and a half years, but also for making money off content he was featured in. Myka documented the adoption journey on YouTube and Instagram.
Myka Stauffer ‘Rehomes’ Son Huxley
Myka’s YouTube channel has over 700,000 subscribers. She has four biological children, one from a previous relationship and three with her husband James. The couple adopted Huxley, a 2-year-old boy from China, in October 2017.
The couple had been told by the adoption agency that Huxley had a “brain tumor” and “brain damage.” He was later diagnosed with “having a stroke in utero, has level 3 autism, and sensory processing disorder.” Myka wrote in Parade that the couple was “open to almost every special needs in the book.”
However, earlier this year, followers began to notice that Huxley was absent from the family’s videos. According to Buzzfeed, Myka would not respond to people’s requests for updates and even blocked a fan account who asked about him.
In a new video, Myka and James talked about their decision to “rehome” 4-year-old Huxley, saying he had special needs they weren’t aware of when they adopted him. In a comment on the video, Myka wrote that “scary things happened inside the home towards our other children.”
“Do I feel like a failure as a mom? Like, 500 percent,” Myka says in the video. She added, “He is thriving, he is happy, he is doing really well, and his new mommy has medical professional training, and it is a very good fit.”
Twitter Slams Myka For Giving Up Her Son
People on Twitter had a lot to say about Myka’s actions. Many pointed out comments the YouTuber made in videos and on Instagram, saying she would never give Huxley up. “My child is not returnable,” she said in one video. In an Instagram post, she wrote that she “wouldn’t trade him for anything.”
People also took issue with a comment Myka left on her recent video, saying this is what Huxley “wanted,” and that she and her husband “know that 100%.” She also claimed that she would have taken the same steps if he had been her biological child.
But one of the most common problems people have with Myka is that she made money off content featuring Huxley. That includes monetized YouTube videos, as well as paid Instagram ads. One user said she needs to send Huxley’s new mother a check each month with the money she makes from these ads.
According to Buzzfeed, Myka also raised money for Huxley from her followers, asking them to donate $5 to reveal a photo of Huxley before his adoption. Some have also accused her of treating Huxley more harshly than her other kids, notably by duct taping his hands to stop him from sucking his thumb.
Some people think Myka should remove monetized videos featuring Huxley from her channel. She said herself that she wants to protect his privacy. What do you think about the situaton? Let us know in the comments.