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08/24/2016 02:32 pm ET Updated Aug 24, 2016

Why Kate Gosselin Decided To Send One Of Her Sons Away To Get Help

The reality star's 12-year-old son Collin no longer lives with the family.
Kate Gosselin attends the NBCUniversal 2015 press tour on Jan. 16, 2015 in Pasadena, CA.
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Kate Gosselin attends the NBCUniversal 2015 press tour on Jan. 16, 2015 in Pasadena, CA.

Kate Gosselin has been open about raising eight kids since landing a television show about her family nearly a decade ago. 

And in a new interview with People, the reality TV star explains why she made the tough decision to send one of her sons away to seek help. 

“Collin has special needs,” Gosselin said of the 12-year-old, adding that there is “a fairly fluid diagnosis of what those needs are, but he needs to learn certain strategies to help him deal with things.”

The television personality added, “This has been a struggle we’ve had for a very long time, and it’s one I’ve dealt with on my own. I’ve felt very alone in this. By the same token, it’s not something that has only impacted me or him – our entire family has been impacted.” 

Gosselin has spoken about Collin’s behavioral trouble before, as he and her daughter Alexis were reportedly expelled from their private school in Pennsylvania in 2010. According to RadarOnline sources, the two were allegedly abusive toward students and adults.

“Both Alexis and Collin received three full weeks of intensive special treatment to focus their behavior,” sources told Radar at the time. “While the teacher was able to achieve some success, it became apparent to the school that the pair needed intensive assistance to help them with their social, emotional and academic needs.”

Gosselin told People that Collin is currently attending a program away from home. While it’s the best decision for her son, she admits his absence is hard on both her and her children. 

“When your kids go to college, do you miss them? Yes, but you reassure yourself that they are getting so much out of it,” Gosselin said. “And that’s the same sort of investment I feel like I’ve made Collin’s future.

To read the rest of Gosselin’s interview with People, head here.

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