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The Duggar family and other big families

Laura Willard is a law school grad who has successfully avoided using her education for eight years and counting. She's a wife and an adoptive mom to two kids. Motherhood is the best job she never knew she wanted so much until she had it...

19 Kids and Counting

The Duggar family is unusually big by American standards. With 19 kids and one more on the way, "big" is probably an understatement. While we're not used to seeing families quite that large, some American families don't stick to 2.2 children. Keep reading to learn about more big families.

Michael and Mary-Jo Jackson


22 children through birth and adoption

19 Kids and Counting

The Jackson family isn't famous. They're just an ordinary family -- almost. Michael and Mary-Jo Jackson have 22 children total, seven of them through birth and 15 through adoption. Many of the children they adopted were older at the time they joined the Jackson family or have special needs.

Although they receive criticism for having such a large family, the Jacksons feel equipped to handle the unique challenges. "We have a strong marriage and a strong family," Mary-Jo told People.

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