In Jonas's highly-structured, organized community, the Committee of Elders matches spouses by very carefully monitoring and taking into consideration their levels of compatibility. Adults that apply for a spouse can wait months and even years before they receive a compatible spouse. During a couple's first three years together, the Committee of Elders continues to monitor them closely. Once a couple is together for three consecutive years, they can apply for a child. Similar to the Matching of Spouses, the Committee of Elders chooses a newchild that will be compatible with the specific couple that applied for the child. Each couple in the community is allowed to have two children (one boy and one girl). After receiving their first child, a couple can wait as long as they want to apply for another child of the opposite sex. It is also interesting to note that only fifty new children are born each year and enter the community, which is why some couples have to wait years until they receive their child.