Have The Duggars Adopted A Child? They've Welcomed A New Son Into The Family

Ad failed to load

For more than seven years, television viewers followed the supersized Duggar family as they expanded from an already-impressive brood of 14 kids in their early reality show days, to 19 children after the birth of their youngest, Josie, in 2009. With the arrival of a number of Duggar grandkids in recent years though, it seemed reasonable to assume that Jim Bob and Michelle's youngest child would be their last — but that's not exactly how it's worked out. Have the Duggars adopted a child? There may not be anymore pregnancy announcements to come in the couple's future, but in November 2016, Jim Bob and Michelle were named the permanent guardians of their great-nephew, 9-year-old Tyler Duggar, according to Entertainment Tonight.

In August 2016, Jim Bob and Michelle filed an emergency petition to gain temporary guardianship over the boy from his mother, Rachel Hutchins, who is Michelle Duggar's niece. According to court documents obtained by ET, the Duggars' lawyer claimed that Hutchins was "unable to meet Tyler’s health, safety, and other needs," and the judge ruled in the Duggars' favor. According to In Touch Weekly, Tyler had reportedly been under the care of his grandmother — Michelle's sister, Carolyn — as of 2015, but recent health issues were keeping her from being able to continue to care for him. According to ET, Hutchins is said to have agreed to Michelle and Jim Bob's guardianship request, which reportedly allows her supervised visits with her son.

Ad failed to load

In a post on the Duggar family website in January, the Duggars confirmed that they had taken Tyler "under their wings," and that he was a member of Michelle's extended family. The post featured two photos of the boy, who looked to be enjoying life in his new home, but the Duggars declined to share further specifics to protect the young boy's privacy. Since most of the younger Duggar children are no longer regularly on TV now that the family's original show, 19 Kids and Counting is off the air (a spin-off, Counting On, primarily follows the lives of the older siblings and their spouses and children), keeping him out of the spotlight hasn't exactly been very hard. But that doesn't mean that the family hasn't been including him in family updates: in February, the Duggars dedicated a sweet post to Tyler on Facebook in honor of his 9th birthday, and he's also started to make appearances on the Duggar's Instagram pages, too.

In the Facebook post, Jim Bob and Michelle shared a photo of Tyler's birthday dinner, and wrote, "We are so glad to have you in our home and a part of our family! Your bright smile and sweet spirit brings much joy to us all!" The couple also highlighted the special bond that seems to have formed between Tyler and 13-year-old Jackson Duggar — the Duggars wrote that Jackson "loves having a 'little brother/cousin' to ride bikes and play with," and added that they pray that "God will use [Tyler's] life in a great way."

Ad failed to load

Over on the Duggar family Instagram account, fans spotted Tyler in a post with his cousins, Johannah and Jordyn, while the trio had some fun baking holiday cookies together:

And Tyler also appeared in the Duggar family's Thanksgiving day photo (though with so many people sitting on that staircase, you'd definitely be forgiven for not noticing!).

Ad failed to load

Most recently, Tyler also popped up in a photo on Josiah Duggar's Instagram page, where it looked like he was definitely enjoying the snow that had fallen outside the Duggars' Arkansas home.

Ad failed to load

While Tyler's new permanent living arrangement must have been a big transition, The Daily Mail reported that, actually, he and Hutchins have long been close to the Duggar family. Photos from Hutchins' Facebook page show her happily posing for selfies with Michelle and Jill Duggar during holiday family gatherings at the Duggar home, and in another photo, Hutchins, Tyler, and her mom Carolyn were snapped alongside Michelle and five of the older Duggar daughters.

Ad failed to load

Though Hutchins seems to have a good relationship with her family, she has reportedly struggled a great deal personally, and is currently said to be unemployed and on probation after she was arrested and charged with felony breaking and entering, according to The Daily Mail (Hutchins did not immediately return Romper's request for comment). As for Tyler, the fact that the Duggars were given permanent guardianship — along with the fact that he's now named Tyler Duggar and not Tyler Hutchins — seems like a pretty clear indication that there are no plans for him to return to living with his mother in the future, regardless of her situation.

Although Tyler's arrival into the Duggar family may not have been something that Jim Bob and Michelle anticipated, it seems to be working out well for the couple who have always maintained that they'd be happy to continue welcoming more children into the fold. And if the photos on social media are anything to go by, Tyler seems to be pretty happy with the arrangement too — even if it meant gaining 19 new brothers and sisters overnight.

Ad failed to load

Check out Romper's new video series, Romper's Doula Diaries:

Ad failed to load

Watch full episodes of Romper's Doula Diaries on Facebook Watch.

Ad failed to load
Must Reads

6 Early Signs You're Going To Have A Short Labor, According To Experts

As far as I'm concerned, a short labor is right up there with winning the lottery in terms of lucky life events. (And when I was actually in labor, I would absolutely have traded a bucketful of lottery winnings for a speedier birth.) While some women…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

Kids Will Love These TV Shows & Movies Coming To Netflix In March

You can always count on Netflix to keep it fresh: though there are already so many movies and shows to choose from, every month there's an influx of new content to keep your entire family entertained. As February enters its final weeks, it's time to …
By Megan Walsh

Here Are 10 Ways To Boost Your Baby's Immunity To The Flu

As I'm sure you've read in the thousands upon thousands of articles written about it this winter, the flu is spreading like wildfire and it's bad. Really bad. This strand of flu is the worst we've had in a very long time and it's the most widespread,…
By Abi Berwager Schreier

Khloé Kardashian Asked Twitter About Her Bump, & Moms Totally Delivered

Like her younger sister Kylie Jenner, Khloé Kardashian managed to keep most of her pregnancy a sort-of secret. But unlike Jenner, Kardashian chose to publicly announce her pregnancy several months before the baby's due date. While there's no wrong wa…
By Sophie Hirsh

21 Moms Share The Most Surprising Part About Having A C-Section

Honestly, I don't think we, as a culture, talk about C-sections nearly enough, especially considering so many mothers experience them. And because of a number of factors, the little we do talk about it always seems to be a familiar narrative: "It's n…
By Jamie Kenney

13 Yummy Instant Pot Recipes To Make Under 30 Minutes

An Instant Pot seems to be the must-have appliance in every kitchen these days. If you are anything like me and never knew the beauty of a Instant Pot, you are about to have your life changed. Basically, you put some ingredients into a pot, set the t…
By Kristin Manna

9 Things The First Six Months Of Motherhood Will Teach You About Your Baby

Personally, the first six months of motherhood was a mixed bag. I learned some harsh lessons about myself that made taking care of my baby seem overwhelming. For example, I was clueless, and no amount of research could help me feel like anything but …
By Steph Montgomery

11 Photos You *Must* Take During The Last Days Of Your Pregnancy

During my first pregnancy, I took a photo each week to document my growing belly. I stopped around 36 weeks, though. I hated how I looked in those pictures, and didn't think I'd want to relive those moments. I was wrong. My second pregnancy was a dum…
By Steph Montgomery

6 Red Flags To Definitely Look Out For After Your Baby Falls

The first time my infant son tried to take a few steps, he tumbled and bumped his head on the coffee table. My blood turned to ice in my veins and I froze. There truly isn't anything quite like the feeling a parent gets when their little one gets hur…
By Sarah Bunton

These 9 Instant Pot Recipes Will Make Even The Pickiest Eater Happy At The Table

Like any parent, I've had my share of parenting hits and misses, but one of my favorite "wins" is my daughter's diverse palate. I don't even know if I can take credit for it, but I would like to think I had something to do with her love for lentils, …
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

Turns Out, Kim Kardashian's Favorite Mom Products Look A Lot Like Your Own Faves

Being a mom is really hard work, especially for the first few months, and Kim Kardashian West is no different in that regard. Now the mother of three, Kardashian says that there are a few products she just can't live without when it comes to raising …
By Abi Berwager Schreier

10 Things No One Tells You About Having A Baby In Your 30s

If you're like me, you evaluate the pros and cons of any major life decision. When my husband and I were considering starting a family, I thought about my career, education, and financial stability. I wanted to know how a pregnancy and childbirth wou…
By Steph Montgomery

Soda Might Hurt Your Fertility, Study Says, & Here's What You Can Do

Who doesn't love sugary drinks? I stopped drinking soda years ago, but I still love gulping down those fancy Starbucks coffee beverages. I don't have a big sweet tooth, but I am a sucker for sugar-sweetened beverages every now-and-then. Turns out, th…
By Annamarya Scaccia

5 Red Flags Your Toddler Isn't Eating Enough

Toddlers are notoriously picky eaters, at least in my experience. You offer mashed potatoes, they want french fries. You give them crackers, they scream for chips. It's frustrating, to be sure, but it's usually their way of vying for independence. It…
By Candace Ganger

35 Moms Share The Most Disgusting Things Their Husbands Do

I'm a human being who revels in challenges. I like when people present me with one, especially if they don't think I can meet or succeed it, and I like taking a challenge on, especially if it's unexpected. So when I aimed to uncover the most disgusti…
By Jamie Kenney

How Having Kids In Your 20s Affects You Later In Life

For parents, like myself, who had kids in their 20s, there are a number of questions that come to mind. When you're deciding what your future will look like, you'll likely consider what this means for your health, career, and more down the line. Thin…
By Tessa Shull

Study: Drinking Two Glasses Of Wine A Day Is Good For Your Mind — Here's Why

There’s more scientific proof that a daily drink or two isn't necessarily a bad thing and could have a place in an overall healthy lifestyle. A new study out of the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) in New York found that — in mice, at le…
By Tiffany Thomas

Research Says Eating Carbs Can Lead To A Healthy Pregnancy, So Bring On The Pasta

In the world of me, no food is better than bread. I know it's supposed to be pretty terrible for you, high in calories, low in protein, and full of that modern-day demon, gluten... but guys, it's really yummy. Especially warm out of the oven, when th…
By Jen McGuire

These Photos Of Prince George Then & Now Will Give You Serious Baby Fever

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third child in Spring 2018. With all of the excitement surrounding the new baby, it's easy to forget all of the good times that have already passed. The couple's eldest is already well into the sc…
By Azure Hall

This Is, Hands Down, The *Grossest* Thing Babies Do Inside The Womb

Your baby's life in the womb may be safe and warm, but it's also kind of grody. Seriously, the whole process of growing into a human being includes more than a few icky moments along the way. But this is the grossest thing babies do inside the womb b…
By Lindsay E. Mack