YouTube parenting Myka Stauffer broke her silence after announcing via social media that she was hosting her foster son Huxley again.
The social media star said he takes “full responsibility” for the reaction he received, as well as the “pain” he caused Huxley and the fans.
Stauffer, 33, adopted Huxley from China in 2017. She was diagnosed with autism and earlier this year, YouTuber and her husband, James, announced that they “felt they needed a different adjustment and that their medical needs needed more.” and returned to house the 4-year-old boy.
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“This decision has caused so many people anguish and I regret that I have disappointed so many women who admired me as a mother,” Stauffer said in a statement written on Instagram. “I regret the confusion and pain I have caused, and I regret that I was unable to tell more of my story from the beginning.”
The blogger, who largely documented Huxley’s adoption trip on YouTube, said she was “naive” about the complexities of adoption and that “she was neither selective nor fully equipped or prepared.”
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“I cannot say that I wish this would never happen because I am still very pleased that Huxley is here and gets all the help he needs,” Stauffer continued. “I also know that even though he is happier in his new home and is better off than he still experienced trauma, and sorry, no adoptee deserves more trauma.”
She added: “I wanted to help so much that I was willing to take any child who needed me home. Because of this, I was naive, foolish, and arrogant. “
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Stauffer then addressed his apology to “all adoptees, adoptive parents, and parents with special needs.” She said, “I am sorry that I hurt the community in any way.”
Later, YouTuber discussed the claims that he adopted Huxley for financial gain.
“While we received a small portion of money from the videos showing Huxley and his journey, every penny and more came back to him,” he said. “Getting Huxley the care and services he needed was very expensive and we made sure he got all the services and resources we could find.”
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Stauffer also denied having been investigated by authorities.
“We love Huxley and we know that this was the right decision for him and his future,” he concluded. “Pray that Huxley only has the best future in the world.”
Stauffer and her husband posted a now-deleted video to YouTube in May revealing that they were relocating Huxley after being with him since 2017. The couple claimed that the 4-year-old girl had “far more special needs than we were aware of.” , and that they did not tell us ”when they adopted it.
“There is not an ounce of our body that does not love Huxley with all of our being,” blogger mommy said.
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Stauffer has lost thousands of followers since Huxley was announced to be relocated.