In 2006 the world was introduced to a peculiar family of devout Christians living in the town of Tontitown, Arkansas.
Back then Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar had 16 children – which was enough to turn a one-hour TV special into a reality series about the family, then titled 16 Kids and Counting.
We were fascinated as these Baptists managed to handle raising and caring for more than a dozen children before adding to their brood, resulting in the show being renamed three times.
It’s been three years since TLC officially cancelled the once popular 19 Kids and Counting and while the family returned to screens shortly after with Counting On, there are so many kids to keep track of we thought it was worth taking a look at where the Duggars have each ended up.
Jim Bob and Michelle
The couple that started it all with their extraordinary need to breed has finally stopped having natural-born children, but that doesn’t mean their brood has stopped growing. In addition to the nine (and counting) grand-children they now have, the couple adopted a 20th child in early 2017. They also became permanent guardians to their grand-nephew, nine-year-old Tyler, after his mother was unable to care for him.
Jim Bob and Michelle are still caring for nine other kids at home ranging from eight to 18 and regularly posting photos and Bible verses on their Duggar Family Facebook page and updating the family website.
In case you missed it (except, we know you didn’t) the eldest Duggar boy’s reputation has taken a hit in recent years. In 2015 allegations surfaced that he molested at least five girls as a 14 and 15-year-old – including his own sisters. To his parents, Josh had apparently confessed to touching the breasts and genitals of his sisters and friends while they were sleeping.