Lynette Rice
April 25, 2010 AT 12:00 PM EDT

A spokeswoman for TLC confirmed an online report that Pennsylvania labor officials approved TLC’s request to film Kate and Jon Gosselin’s eight kids for the upcoming Kate Plus 8 specials.  An official for the state Department of Labor and Industry said the right paperwork was submitted and “the proper steps have been taken and the kids are permitted for ‘Kate Plus 8.'”

The children are not expected to participate in Twist of Kate,  a new TLC series debuting this summer in which the mother of eight will travel the country to meet families with challenges at work or at home and attempt to “walk a mile in their shoes.” In contrast, the series of Kate Plus 8 specials will focus on the divorced mom’s complicated home life, hence the need for approval from state labor officials for the kids’ involvement.

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