Meet Elizabeth. She’s 10 years old. She likes colouring, drawing and writing. Her favourite colour is pink and she loves chicken noodle soup and pizza.
Those boys sitting next to her? They’re her brothers. Brian (to the right) is 7 years old and he likes playing with cars. His favourite colour is red. Noah (to Elizabeth’s left) is four. He’s a talkative little boy who loves Batman, Superman and chicken fingers.
There are other ways to identify these kids. Elizabeth is known as 82301628111. Brian is 82301628112 and Noah is 82301628113. Their collective number is S8230216870.
I assume they’re the numbers the state uses to keep track of the siblings who are “very bonded” and want to stay together – according to their profile on the US website, AdoptUSKids.