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Popular YouTuber Myka Stauffer — who was slammed for re-homing adopted son with autism — claims Huxley, 4, was '100 per cent' in favour of decision

Popular YouTuber Myka Stauffer — who was slammed for re-homing adopted son with autism — claims Huxley, 4, was '100 per cent' in favour of decision

A popular YouTube couple who courted controversy over their decision to “re-home” their adopted son claims the youngster, who has special medical needs, was completely behind the move.

Myka and James Stauffer came in for huge criticism after revealing they had given up four-year-old Huxley, who they had adopted from China in 2017, and said an agency had placed him with a new “forever family”.

The duo were picked apart for the way they shared the news, taking to the popular video-sharing platform where they’ve become a big presence with a clip titled: An Update To Our Family.

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Many called their decision unethical and selfish, slamming the way the family and lifestyle vloggers had monetised the adoption process.

The couple said Huxley, who lives with autism, was now with a family that could properly care for his medical needs.

Huxley wanted this decision 100 per cent.

Myka Stauffer

Myka, 32, claimed they would never simply “just give up” a child with special needs, saying it was a “personal matter” unrelated to the child’s autism, according to insider.com.

"Multiple scary things happened inside the home towards our other children,” she wrote, referencing the Ohio native’s four other children — Kova, Jaka, Radley and Onyx — all aged under eight years of age.

“And if these events happened with one of my biological kids, after all the help and after the behaviours we witnessed sadly we would have no other choice then to seek help and get their needs met.”

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She then claimed Huxley was completely OK with the move.

"Huxley wanted this decision 100 per cent," Myka said.

"We saw that in family time with other people, he constantly chose them and signed with and showed tons of emotion to show us and let us know he wanted this.

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“Huxley never had a say in his adoption, and he needed more help and also wanted this and we know that 100 per cent."

But those following the developments weren’t convinced at all.

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“Hey Myka Stauffer - when I was a child I liked the attention of friends and family when they came over, but my parents didn’t take that as a sign that I didn’t want to live with them anymore,” one person wrote.

“You gave up your special needs son because he didn’t fit your aesthetic and you’re s***.”

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Another labelled the Stauffer’s move as “awful”.

“You don’t just give a child back... I feel so bad for Huxley, I hope he gets all the love,” they wrote.

“I feel really bad for the Stauffer kids too, they’re probably just wondering where their brother is...”

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Writer Bess Kalb slammed the decision, saying the toddler had been “exploited” for sponsorships before he was abandoned “using shelter pet terminology”.

Lawyers for the couple said the decision was the “loving thing to do”.

“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,” the statement read.

“Over time, the team of medical professionals advised our clients it might be best for Huxley to be placed with another family.”