The Duggars Are Considering Adoption

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They have 19 children, two grandchildren and a third on the way, but Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar feel their family is not yet complete.

“We are open to the idea of adoption,” Michelle, 45, tells PEOPLE. “We are praying about it, and we will see what God has in store. Love for children has been placed on our hearts.”

During a recent trip to Beijing – filmed on TLC’s special 19 Kids & Counting: Duggars Do Asia, which airs Tuesday (9 p.m. ET) – Michelle opens up about the possibility of adoption.

“The kids are definitely pushing towards wanting us to open our home up to another child or more,” Michelle says. “They see how much we have been blessed with and how little so many children have and they want to share. We tell our children that would have to be something that is God’s will for our family, and we will see if it is. Our children love children, and we all do.”

Michelle and Jim Bob, 45, lost a child – a girl they named Jubilee – to miscarriage in 2011.

“We are open to whatever is in store,” Michelle shares. “It doesn’t really matter whether I would have another child or we would adopt, but we want to approach it with an open heart.”

She adds: “We have friends that have adopted children who are a great influence in our lives, and we have talked about their experiences. So it’s something we’ve considered. We have to know for sure that is what God wants for us to do.”

“When he gives us a child [through pregnancy], there is no doubt in our minds that is what He wants, but when it comes to adoption, we would have to know for sure that was His will,” she adds.

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  1. Brooke

    Not to be mean or anything, but she’s way too optimistic if she thinks they’ll be approved. Sure, there’s a chance, but my sister has three kids and they didn’t approve her and her husband (even though they live in a large house and have the means for it) to adopt, because they claimed they had “too many children”. Placing another child into this home sounds crazy. Especially because they seem to have at least three kids under the age of five.

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  2. SMH

    Honestly I would much rather see them adopt a child then have another. Maybe Michelle has finally learned that her body can no longer support a full term pregnancy. I think there are plenty of children that need homes.
    I certainly don’t want to knock their religion as they have the right to their own beliefs but I do find it funny that they always feel God makes the decisions for them as if they don’t have any say in their lifestyle. God doesn’t tell them to have unprotected sex. They just do. And most of the time pregnancies result from people not using protection.

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  3. Jessica

    As if they would actually qualify! They have got to be kidding! Why do they want to adopt… what so their older girls can raise it?! Please, Michelle you are only parenting when its a baby then send it off for your girls to raise it. Selfish. No more children.

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  4. Anabelle

    It would be wonderful if they could adopt, no doubt they would provide a loving home, but I can’t see any adoption agency approving a couple who already have 19 kids.

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    • Eva

      there is a family in the Usa that had 13 kids and then adopted 3 siblings and then took in fostercare 4 other children that make it 20 kids fram ages 25 to 5 year .. how do i know this ? cause i read there blogg it was something like mom of 16 + 4 or raising family of 16 cant remember … but 19 kids is alot

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  5. Bink

    Wow!

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  6. SMH

    I think they could get approved. I’ve seen it too in news and magazines of families adopting up to 10 kids and already having several biological kids of their own. One family adopted like 12 kids all with disabilities. So to say they couldn’t or are incapable is probably invalid.
    Do they need any more children? Probably not! I see many of these older one’s having to take care of these little one’s. Maybe they enjoy it or maybe they just have no choice because they know no other life then this. I think in some ways it’s sad. It’s one thing to have beliefs in God and it’s another to simply be brainwashed into every little detail of the bible. Again my opinion.
    I don’t doubt they love their kids and when I do see the show the kids all seem mannerly and happy (but it is tv after all). They have a right to do as they wish and I guess in the end none of us have the right to judge.

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  7. sierra

    They should have been adopting all along! She needs a reality check if she thinks getting pregnant again at her age is normal. It is unhealthy for both her and the baby, as evidenced by the last TWO pregnancies she had! Her baby josie was way premature the poor thing. And I really do feel bad for the older girls, cuz without them there is no way michelle could keep procreating. I hope the older girls get married and do not follow in their parents footsteps.

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  8. popsykl

    addiction to children maybe?

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  9. NYCMommy

    In most all the stories I hear about large families adopting addtional children it seems like they are adopting older hard to place children and not babies. Perhaps the Duggars would be approved for adopting older children but not babies. I personally hope they are not allowed to adopt a newborn. They have already been blessed let some other couples have a chance at the newborns.

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  10. Dap

    They are especially open to the idea of finding new ways to stay relevant and make sure their show (and the $$$$ that go with it) is renewed

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  11. Hannah.J

    I think they should they have so much love to give and they have the means to give the child a happy home.

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  12. avm

    I understand (but do not agree with) the whole “God’s decision” as far concieving however many children on their own, but I feel like adopting a child is a little selfish. They have so many children already, why would they deprive a family with less/no children from adopting that potential child. Now, if they were adopting a child that was older and harder to place, that would be different. However, that said child has the potential to have difficulty adjusting to their lifestyle, assuming they’ve grown up under conventional care.

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  13. Lauren

    the dads name still makes me laugh

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  14. Anonymous

    This is just another attempt to stay in the lime light. If Michelle can’t have any more kids then they loose that aspect of the show of “19 kids and counting+++++”.

    The adopted child will only be used as a prop to stay on TV, in the lime light and for them to keep getting freebies.

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  15. Joy

    if it were my agency, i’d turn them down. such a bad idea. how can they possibly give an adopted child the attention it will need??

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  16. Belle

    I don’t understand why people are saying they are selfish if they adopt. Adopting a child is one of the most unselfish acts.

    And as for taking a child away from a couple who don’t have one, in my county here there are lots of kids in foster care looking for parents to adopt them. The thing is they are older ( older than 5 or so) and so a lot of couples don’t want to adopt them. That may sound harsh but is the truth. I doubt they would go the private adoption route and only adopt a newborn or baby.

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  17. cb

    some people will do anything for attention !!! They have more than enough children and I dont care what they or anyone else says, there is no way they can give each child (that they have) the amount of attention that they need. the older children raise the younger ones, dad works (i guess) and mom just keeps popping out babies.

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  18. Anon

    This will never happen. They have to many children to qualify for newborn adoptions (unless it’s a private adoption) and an older child would need way more help and attention than they’d be capable of giving already having so many kids to care for. They definitely would not qualify for international adoption as there is usually a strict limit on number of children already in the household.

    Why are they worrying about adding more children to their all ready crowded household anyway?. Better to spend that time and effort raising the children you already have. They have 19 beautiful, relatively healthy kids. Isn’t that enough?

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  19. anonymous

    I can understand wanting to give a child who does not have a family a loving home but this is a family that already has 19 beautiful children and 2 grandchildren! Why don’t they cherish these children and enjoy the time that they have with them? They still have some that are very young, they aren’t going to stay that young forever. If I were them I would take advantage of that time before its gone. Enjoy the family that you were already lucky to have been blessed with.

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  20. Lori

    First off why did it take this long for them to decide adoption? Like she said in her previous episode when they seen all of these orphan children in China that didn’t have any parents that it opened their eyes on adoption. OMG Really you just figuring what adoption means ugh! They should of started to adopt at least after their 3 or 4th child!

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  21. Anonymous

    Jim Bob & Michelle you can tell they are only adding to their family for publicity and money is all they were probably tired of their boring lives that they just wanted to do something crazy like have a dozen of children to get attention and well they sure got that attention alright!

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