Jon Gosselin shares rare photo of son who was put in program for special needs kids

Cheryl Kahla
Jun 14, 2018
10:20 A.M.
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Kate's son celebrated his birthday recently. It was the first time he was seen in public after he was booked into a facility for children with special needs.


On Sunday, the 14-year-old Collin spent the day with his father, Jon, and his sister Hannah. Jon shared the moment with his 19,000 Instagram followers and revealed that he was 'glad' to have spent the day with his son.

In 2016, Kate caused a media frenzy when she sent Collin to live at an unknown facility, without informing Jon of the whereabouts of his son. She also didn't disclose the type of treatment Collin would be receiving.

The Gosselin family is most famously known for the reality TV show, Kate & Jon Plus 8. The show was renamed to Kate Plus 8 after Kate and Jon filed for divorce in 2009. 


Kate has full custody of their eight children, a set of sextuplets and a set of twins, and Jon has visitation rights. The parents are still fighting over custody, with Jon wanting joint legal rights. 

To make the transition as pleasant as possible for their children, the eight siblings remained at their family home in Pensylvania, while the parents took turns living there according to their custody schedule. 

As reported by Inquisitr, their network canceled the show soon after the divorce, claiming that Kate and Jon lost sight of the show's aim. The last episodes were aired in 2011. 

Kate also launched another reality show called Twist of Kate, and the show followed the mother-of-eight as she traveled the States, meeting with fans.


Some fans are siding with Jon and expressed their views on his Instagram post. A user known as Pamela Smithe said it 'is sad what their mother did to them,' and commended Jon for being a good father. 

Another user known only as Momof4.5 suggested that it might be for the best if Collin and Hannah move in permanently with Jon because 'Kate can't be mature.' 

Carolyn Ann Duncan noted that she would never be able to separate her kids and added that it's 'a shame [Collin] was kept away from his family.'