A couple in the United States with a popular YouTube channel has come under fire from netizens after rehoming their adopted son with autism, Huxley, with another family, reported BBC.
The four-year-old boy received sponsorship deals and money from their YouTube video after Myka Stauffer and James Stauffer made videos about their experience of adopting Huxley, according to a tweet in a CBS News article.
The couple had adopted Huxley in 2017. Viewers had noticed that Huxley had not been appearing in their vlogs since end-2019. The news of Huxley’s “rehoming” was only revealed in this video.
Myka stated that this was to ensure Huxley’s privacy and help him adjust to his new home.
Some critics felt that the couple, who has four other children, used the adopted boy to develop their YouTube career.
Couple struggled with adopted son’s behaviour
In a video on Tuesday (May 26), the couple shared a video titled “an update on our family”, where they explained that Huxley had been rehomed to another family.
Couple faces backlash on social media
Since posting their update, the couple has been receiving criticism from online users on various social media platforms, such as Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.