When a YouTube personality decided to adopt a child, she earned a lot of followers because it made her look like a very generous person. But after learning that the baby that she adopted from China was diagnosed with autism, 33-year-old Myka Stauffer is now preparing to “rehome” the four-year-old boy along with the unflinching support of her husband, James who looked relieved to say bye to the difficult child.
With 717,000 followers on YouTube, Myka’s decision to boot the autistic child from her home did not go over smoothly. Because it is monstrous to think that this boy would be abandoned by the only family he knows because of a disability that he cannot control, Myka’s followers quickly let her know how horrible they found her actions.
James added that the boy had “a lot more special needs than we were aware of,” and therefore, it was best for him to be given to a new home.
Myka is the mother of four biological children. She added, “Do I feel like a failure as a mom? Like 500 percent.”
Because she has a lot of followers on YouTube, she has transformed her life into a business opportunity. Sponsors like TJ Maxx, Big Lots, and Danimals Yogurt throw money in her direction to endorse their products and talk about them during her videos.
Now people are accusing Myka of adopting a child to earn more followers and get more views on social media.
“She adopted a child for views and then got rid of him and treated him like a brand deal,” one former fan wrote.
The couple is not coming clean about the reasons behind rehoming the child, Huxley. However, Myka has spoken about how Huxley has autism and brain trauma. But that has only made it more obvious to some fans that the family just adopted the boy to build a following and get more people interested in their channel.
“I never watched that Myka Stauffer YouTube mom, but I am RAGING over the fact that they rehomed their adopted special needs son,” wrote one person.
“You adopted him solely for the attention it would give you, and now you’re giving him away. Unbelievable,” another chimed in.
However, Myka told her fans they were wrong. She did not take responsibility, claiming that she was not at fault for the rehoming and that she did it for Huxley’s benefit since she was so ill-prepared to be his mother.
“I didn’t adopt a little boy to share these things publicly … Ninety-nine, 95 percent of the struggles we have never publicly aired,” she said in a viral video posted to YouTube on Tuesday. “Numerous medical professionals have felt that he needed a different fit. He needed more.”
Now, Huxley is with a new “forever family.”
Myka said, “He’s thriving, he’s doing really well, and his new mommy has medical, professional training.”
Do you think this YouTube star should have adopted the boy in the first place? Should they reconsider inviting Huxley back into their family?
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