The Duggar family is growing again.
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have been legally granted temporary guardianship of an 8-year-old boy — Michelle’s niece’s son — and they’re due back in court soon to try to make their guardianship permanent.
According to In Touch Weekly, which uncovered legal documents to break the story, Rachel Hutchins, Michelle’s niece, is homeless and unemployed. She originally gave up custody of her son last year to her mom, Michelle’s sister Carolyn, but in July, Carolyn had a stroke, so the Duggars volunteered to take him in.
Rachel, who had her son as a teen — and who doesn’t know who the boy’s father is, according to legal documents — has run into some problems with the law too. She’s currently on probation for three years after she was charged with felony breaking and entering. In Touch reports that she broke into a tow truck business in Arkansas and stole a pocketknife and $2 in change.
The legal documents show that the Duggars will head back to court on Nov. 14 to petition a judge to make their guardianship permanent. According to a Duggar insider, “There’s a strong hope that once that happens they will be able to adopt him.”
For fans of Jill and Jessa: Counting On, though, bad news: A source says the Duggars have no plans to let their 20th kid appear on TV.
Are you surprised that the Duggar family is growing again?
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