It’s been almost a year since the star of TLC’s “Kate Plus 8” revealed that she made the decision to send one of her eight children away to a special institution.

In an August 2016 exclusive interview with People, Kate Gosselin admitted that Collin, one of her sextuplets, was sent away to a school that would help him “learn the skills he needs to be the best him he can be.”

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Posted by Kate Plus 8 on Monday, July 17, 2017

Gosselin explained the situation in detail:

“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.”

It’s not known exactly when Collin was sent to the school or when the now 13-year-old will reunite with his family:

Because of his absence, Collin has missed various holidays, birthday celebrations, and vacations.

Reacting to the most recent episode, which showcased the rest of the Gosselin clan skiing and snowboarding in Vermont, his absence was a main topic of conversation for many “Kate Plus 8” viewers:

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Some even commented on the other kids’ attitudes throughout the vacation, which consisted of a lot of arguing and frustration:

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On the show, Kate is never seen calling, FaceTiming, or talking with Collin. The boy’s name, or the fact that he is absent, is rarely ever mentioned.

How often the mom of eight gets to see her son is also not known.

Nonetheless, Kate admitted that she takes comfort in knowing that her children are receiving “the best of what they need and the best of what [she] can give them.”

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