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Finance guardian for US octuplets

Nadya Suleman, 27 July 2009
Nadya Suleman's multiple births drew criticism

A judge in California has appointed a guardian to look after the financial interests of octuplets born in January.

The move follows an announcement that their mother, Nadya Suleman, had signed a deal allowing her children to appear in a reality TV show.

The six boys and two girls are the world's longest surviving octuplets.

The series will also feature Ms Suleman's six other children, none of whom is older than eight. Collectively, the 14 youngsters will earn $250,000.

They will not be followed 24 hours a day - but the programmes will document certain milestones in their lives, such as birthdays and special events, over three years.

The judge appointed a guardian to oversee the estate of the octuplets at the request of an advocate for children in entertainment.

Fifteen per cent of the income will be placed in a trust for the children to access when they reach 18 years of age.

Ms Suleman, 33, is a single, unemployed mother. Her decision to conceive through in vitro fertilisation was criticised by some fertility experts and commentators.

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