Nearly two years ago, Kate Gosselin spoke out for the first time about her decision to send one of her children to a special institution.

According to Kate, one of her sextuplets, then 12-year-old Collin, was having a difficult time in school.

She told People that she believed her son needed more care and attention than his brothers and sisters:

“Collin has special needs. [There’s] a fairly fluid diagnosis of what those needs are, but he needs to learn certain strategies to help him deal with things. 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.”

Despite it being a difficult decision for her to make, Kate also assured their fans that the program she had put him in is designed to help Collin “learn the skills he needs to be the best him he can be.”

Now, two years later, people are still wondering where Collin is. And as far as the public is concerned, Collin is still at the institution.

People are having a difficult time wrapping their heads around the now teenager not being there to celebrate major holidays and other milestones with his family. Like yesterday, when the five other sextuplets celebrated their 14th birthday together:

In the days leading up to their birthday, Kate posted a photo of five of her six sextuplets, prompting people to make comments such as “free Collin.”

Then on May 10, their actual birthday, Kate took to Instagram to remember something about each one of the sextuplets on the day of their birth:

 

Happy 14th Birthday, my ‘babies’. 14 years ago almost to the minute, I was in my wheelchair, making my way around the ENTIRE NICU, meeting each of you face to face for the very first time. I’ll never forget how tiny yet perfect each of you were. Alexis’s blonde hair, Aaden’s teeny tiny face, with alert awake eyes that didn’t miss a thing, Hannah and her adorable ‘human doll’ face, Collin looked SO big and strong at 3 entire pounds (the biggest!), Leah had the most beautiful head of dark soft hair and Joel— literally just slept peacefully like he was at the beach in the sun! I’ll never forget our first ‘birth day’ together……this day remains one of the best in my life…. and 14 years later, I love you 400 times as much, if that’s even possible! Happy birthday, my babies! Here’s to many more birthdays together!! I love you forever and always, no matter what! ?????? #Turning14 #ProudMomma #TheYearOfIphones ?????? #MakOpenedAlexisPresent

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And yes, she mentioned Collin:

Happy 14th Birthday, my ‘babies’. Fourteen years ago, almost to the minute, I was in my wheelchair, making my way around the ENTIRE NICU, meeting each of you face to face for the very first time. I’ll never forget how tiny yet perfect each of you were. Alexis’s blonde hair, Aaden’s teeny tiny face, with alert awake eyes that didn’t miss a thing, Hannah and her adorable ‘human doll’ face, Collin looked SO big and strong at 3 entire pounds (the biggest!), Leah had the most beautiful head of dark soft hair and Joel— literally just slept peacefully like he was at the beach in the sun! I’ll never forget our first ‘birth day’ together. This day remains one of the best in my life…. and 14 years later, I love you 400 times as much, if that’s even possible! Happy birthday, my babies! Here’s to many more birthdays together!! I love you forever and always, no matter what!

However, despite the sweet message, people still commented asking why he couldn’t be there to celebrate with them:

Did you visit Collin?

WHERE IS COLLIN BTW?

Are all the kids living at home? I read that you put one of the boys in a disability home. Just hoping all the kids were together for their birthday.

Where’s your third son?

How is poor Collin?

I Hope Collin was there to with his wonderful family?!!!

What do you think? Should Kate be more open about her son’s progress or does she have a right to her privacy?

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