Any loyal Duggar fan knows that Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard want a big family. Since they announced their courtship, they’ve made it abundantly clear that they want a lot of kids — saying they want “as many kids as God will give them” — and have since told fans that they’re interested in exploring adoption as well. After spending a considerable amount of time in Central America, Jill updated her fans with how their mission work changed their hearts. The Duggar Family Blog wrote on their blog, telling fans, “Since moving down to Central America last year, the couple has expressed an even greater interest in adoption. Rest assured that when an announcement is made, we will share it with you immediately.”
But some fans have a feeling it won’t be easy for the not-so-wholesome reality stars. As fans over at the Inquistr pointed out, many adoption agencies — especially international ones — look into social media when weighing whether parents will be a good fit for adoption, and Jill’s and Derick’s profiles may not be the most appealing.
One of the most controversial Duggar parenting moments came when Jill Duggar was accused of blanket training, which is a method that involves using corporal punishment in order to “train” a baby. In other pics, fans became concerned that Jill’s son Israel was “choking” his younger brother Samuel. And Jill has experienced just about every other form of mommy shaming in between — from the ridiculous (when she put a tortilla on her son’s head for sun protection, to the legitimate (fans were concerned when her son was spotted with a black eye).
Even with all those dramatic moments, the real trouble probably lies within Derick’s social media. The accountant was infamously let go from the network after he tweeted countless hateful, transphobic messages directed at teen reality star Jazz Jennings. On top of that, he’s been accused of using a GoFundMe to pay for dates with his wife, instead of the supporting the causes he claimed to support.
Of course, only time will tell if their social media behavior and troubling practice such as blanket training will impact their chances, the CFS of their home state of Arkansas makes it clear they do not take these things lightly. “Because of the trauma these children have endured, the agency does not allow corporal punishment,” the Foster Family Home Inquiry site, which lays out information for in-state foster children and adotion, states, adding that in non-permanent situations, “Foster parents will need to recognize the religious beliefs of the foster child and support them in exervising their religious beliefs.”