Yesterday it was announced that the local authorities in Ohio finally bowed to internet outrage and are investigating the rehoming of adoptee Huxley Stauffer. According to Buzzfeed:
The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office says it is “confident that the appropriate process is occurring” to place the son of YouTubers Myka and James Stauffer with a new family.
Good! This needs to happen, if for no other reason to give poor Huxley the best chance at a smoother transition than the usual chaos of disrupted adoptions. That poor kid already faces almost insurmountable odds in his life just from his conditions without adding n the confusion and pain of complete uprooting from the only life he’s known.
In fact, in light of the parents using children as props in gaming social media for money the other children need to be examined by CPS. Just to make sure nothing worse is going on. Which they are apparently doing.
“Our primary concern is for the well-being of this child, as well as the other children in the household,” a spokesperson for The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office wrote in statement. “Our investigation is ongoing, and will include contact with all children to ensure their safety.”
All day yesterday this news kept popping up on various media sites from the UK, gossip sites and legitimate U.S. news sites like NBC.
I would love to see these Evangelical backed international adoption agencies closed as a result of this case. And new laws put in place nationwide that prohibit parents exploiting children for financial profit, on YouTube like the Stauffers, or on television stations like TLC as the Duggars have done. They need to be held to the same strict rules of protection used by Hollywood, right down to putting aside a large portion of the monies in a Jackie Coogan type account. Parents should not be able to support themselves by using their children.
Yesterday I saw a great deal of conspiracy theories and crazy claims over the Stauffers and what they’ve done. But most of them were too nuts to be right. I did agree with one of the op eds I saw, from the Independent in the UK.
“Never trust people who give a picture-perfect view of family life and caring for their children on social media. For every carefully edited scene with saccharine music dubbed over it, there will be ten scenes they couldn’t use because the baby or parent was screaming or running around naked with poo smeared on their bum.”
Never trust anyone that tries to portray how perfect they are, either on YouTube or anywhere else. No one is perfect. No one. Certainly not I. Example. I do my YouTube videos at my tiny Guanacaste wood desk in my bedroom. You see a neatly made bed, a hanging quilt and a clean wall. You don’t see the mass of shoes, socks and abandoned underwear on my husband’s floor next to the bed. You don’t see my nightstand, filled with prescriptions, books, my nebulizer, my assorted other machinery, neatly placed but not a pretty sight.
I hope that poor child gets the help he needs, and that those parents never adopt again!
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