Jessa Duggar Seewald hasn’t given up on adoption yet. Though she is currently pregnant with her first child, the former “19 Kids and Counting” star still plans to eventually adopt a child with her husband Ben Seewald. The couple is already taking steps to get ready for their second child.
The couple attended the Southern Women’s Show in Charlotte, North Carolina on Saturday where they revealed some of their plans for the future. “Jessa and Ben disclosed that they are planning to take a class on adoption some time next year,” Entertainment Tonight reports.
The couple first announced they were planning to adopt in February, before Jessa’s pregnancy was announced. “We hope to adopt a lot of kids,” Jessa, 22, told People in February. “If God blesses us with biological kids of our own, it's not going to quench our desire to adopt.”
However, their plans were quickly put on hold when they realized that their home state of Arkansas requires couples to be married for two years before allowing them to adopt. They were married on Nov. 2, so they still have a while to wait. Yet, they won’t have to wait that long to start a family. Jessa is expected to give birth in late October or early November.
Jessa and Ben first announced that they would continue to pursue adoption after their baby is born in June at ALIVE Christian Music Festival. They said they were looking at various options, but they had to wait until their baby was born and nine months old before being able to take in a child. “We still have another year to go,” Jessa told audiences.
Audiences won’t be able to keep up with Jessa and Ben on “19 Kids and Counting” anymore. TLC axed the reality show after Josh Duggar’s molestation scandal. However, Ben revealed that he is still open to having a television show, People reports. “We live a peaceful, quiet life, but I wouldn't rule it out if people were interested in our family,” Ben, 20, said on Saturday.
For now, fans will have to keep up with them via public appearances. Jessa and Ben are expected to appear at three more Southern Women’s shows this fall. They’ll be in Orlando, Florida, on Sept. 26, Birmingham, Alabama, on Oct. 10 and Jacksonville, Florida on Oct. 17.