Youtubers Myka and James Stauffer revealed that they have ‘rehomed’ their autistic son, Huxley, who was adopted. An investigation has been launched on the welfare of Huxley, who was adopted by Myka and James and ‘rehomed’ after three years of being adopted.
“Our primary concern is for the well-being of this child as well as the other children in the household,” the office’s representative said in a statement. “Our investigation is ongoing and will include contact with all children to ensure their safety. All adoption cases are confidential and must go through a thorough process, with specific requirements and safeguards. In private adoptions, there are the same legal requirements that must be adhered to. These include home studies as well as background checks on the adopting parent(s). In this case, we are confident that the appropriate process is occurring.”
Myka and James faced massive backlash for their decision, which they announced on their Youtube channel. The couple tried to convince their fans that they faced difficulties in caring for their autistic child and decided to ‘rehome’ Huxley after taking medical advice.
“Once Huxley came home, there were a lot more special needs that we weren’t aware of and that we were not told. For us, it’s been really hard hearing from the medical professionals, a lot of their feedback, and things that have been upsetting. 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.”
Due to the ‘confidential nature of the case’, no further details were available.
“Incoming to know our clients we know they are a loving family and are very caring parents that would do anything for their children,” their lawyers, Thomas Taneff and Taylor Sayers, told the magazine. “Since his adoption, they consulted with multiple professionals in the healthcare and educational arenas in order to provide Huxley with the best possible treatment and care. Over time, the team of medical professionals advised our clients it might be best for Huxley to be placed with another family.”
The attorneys said “this is devastating news for any parent,” Myka and James “came to the difficult determination to follow the advice of the medical professionals.”
“To be clear this did NOT include any considerations for placement in the foster system, but rather to hand-select a family who is equipped to handle Huxley’s needs,” they said. “They were forced to make a difficult decision, but it is in fact, the right and loving thing to do for this child.”