So the short version is that I am considering getting a Goffin Cockatoo that is being rehomed because the owner is severely sick. Long version is that I was raised with Cockatiels, Currently we have Cornish Rex cats, we discussed bringing a bird into the home and explored our options, years and years ago I met an Umbrella Cockatoo and loved her, she let me cradle her like a baby, I always said I wanted a cockatoo but never realistically looked into it. Honestly did not even cross my mind this time when thinking of bringing a bird into our home. So on the hunt for looking at cage prices I came across this ad for a Goffin Cockatoo, I read the ad and was touched and responded, the pictures posted were detailed and very sweet, the bird is pictured in its cage, with its owner and socializing with the owners friend's children.... There is nothing listed about the bird being rehomed because of any behavioral or issue with the bird in itself, it only says because of the owners health, which I don't want to mention here but it is very serious. I am awaiting on more information about the bird now but in the mean time was doing more research. I am a stay at home mother with 2 children and 2 cats, I'm a home hermit so I spend alot of time in the house.. I have time for a pet with the mentality of a 5 year old.... my life revolves around children of that age. So this is not a concern of mine at all. My issue now is that aside from facts that I am researching all the personal experience or questions I come across online are EXTREMELY negative about owning Cockatoos, its almost feel like they are purposely trying to scare you away from owning them, almost any questions a person asked starts out with a reference to mytoos.com and why you shouldn't own one. Or how they will sever your finger with one bite, and the horror stories go on. I won't lie, I am nervous that I am going to get a nasty bird that likes only one person and will peck my 10 month old childs eye out because it is jealous... Eeek. The Umbrella Cockatoo I met so long ago was not like this at all, was very accepting of strangers, very sweet... I did not get the impression this was a bird I should have been cautious of approaching.. Now I know the Goffin Cockatoo is different then the Umbrella. From research of facts and people that own them they sound like Goffin cockatoos can have their moments and there are ones that have behavior issues but for the most part they are a wonderful addition to a family..... But when you come across people inquiring about owning one its like the responses make them seem like the pitbulls of birds. Which can be intimidating. This specific one that I am considering giving a home and family is pictured all over a child and the child is all smiles.... I have a very hands on 4 year old that would want to hold our bird or make faces at him, etc...because he's 4. I liked that this cockatoo has time spent around children since I read that some can just naturally not be inclined to like them because of how loud and fast they move.... So.... This whole topic post is about me REALLY wanting to know if some of these online responses are exaggerations to try and scare away uneducated people from owning a bird and just rehoming the bird from lack of experience and that owning a Goffin Cockatoo will really be a lot more enjoyable then some of this internet responses make it out to be? I am really interested in giving this bird a new home and family but I don't want to put my 10 month old at risk of getting her eyes pecked out out of jealousy, or if in the event that my back is turned for a second and my 4 year old puts his finger in the cage to stroke the bird that its going to chop his finger clear off his hand with one bite... because that is what these sites are making it seem... My husband things it is over exaggerated and to not be turned off by it but I would honestly like some human interaction and opinion about these from people who are more knowledgeable about them before I turn this woman down out of pure fear. Now this is not something I am jumping into blindly and I still have lots of questions about the breed itself and other things that I should be asking the owner before I commit but most importantly before I ask them I really need to know if owning a Cockatoo with young children is really always a horror experience and you should only be a single person be considering owning one or can you have a large family and still have a Cockatoo? Because the size of my family will only increase over time. Thank you in advance. Any and all opinions are welcome and appreciated. And yes I would be paying for this bird, It's not overly expensive in my opinion and does include cage and I am more then happy to pay it because it's what I expected to put out for the bird we were looking for anyways and because of how serious the owners health is I am sure it will help with medical expenses for the owner. I also have questions about cage sizes and night time separate cages and such but before I get into all that I just want to make sure that I am not considering owning a death trap for my current child. As you can tell all the negative talk online has clearly put the fear in me and taken out the excitement.