ryan-simple, because other tv shows don't blow smoke up everyone's butt saying how great a family they are and how they are helping.
I am personally sick and tired of every media source making this family out to be a group of saints when it sounds like they lack common sense.
Adopting/having children is a serious responsibility. Sure, there are "mistakes" that bring children into the world, but making a special effort to adopt 8 children and bring 3 more into the world requires the responsiblity of having the resources to care for them. A 3 bedroom home? Who approved these adoptions? Haiti children? I love it when not only does hollywood set trends in fashion and behavior, but now also in the way of adoption. No qualifying children in the U.S.? Let me guess, they were just taking a walk through Haiti one day and said, wow, "How much are the cute little orphaned children in the window? We'll take 5 please."
I'm not sure about the kids from haiti, but don't you get money for adopted kids in the U.S.? I bet you get a nice deduction on your tax returns.
If this family lived on the east side of Toledo, the child protective services would have been called and all those kids would have been taken away due to lack of appropiate housing.
But, instead, this family apparently beefed up their sob story, made a great promotional video, added the current heart string yanking of being a fireman and won the lottery.
New house, free college, gift cards out the wazzoo for everything from gas to Dick's Sporting Goods, and god only knows what else was added to the "get out of responsibility free" card.
I was critical of it since it all began. I have no problem with charity, helping those with less, etc., etc., but this was overkill.
How can you not believe that the family set themselves up for disaster? All I've heard about is how the father drove his own ambulance back to the hospital when it was attacked by rocks at the riots. What they are calling a hero, I'm calling saving his own ass.
Like someone posted above, at least Habitat for Humanity requires the recipients to do work in return for what they are getting. What did this family do? Make a video tape.
Did anyone from ABC or this family inform the family of the slain gas station clerk that their "tragedy" of having 11 kids was more deserving of ratings than his story was. Besides, the clerk's family didn't have enough time to make a video tape I guess.