Faith doesn't exist, according to the U.S. government.
Her parents thought it was wrong for the government to assign children a number. In a sense, they thought they could keep their children free by keeping them out of all records.
All nine children were born at home using midwives who agreed not to file any paperwork. They all had no birth certificates and no social security numbers.
They were all homeschooled, and while their parents were not abusive, they were strict. Even after their children turned 18 the parents kept them from using the internet, working, or having a phone without permission.
And the siblings were trapped because they couldn't go out on their own without government documentation. They couldn't open a bank account, get a job, or even sign up for a library card.