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Madonna's Adoption Request Rejected

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There has been no word on whether Madonna intends to appeal the ruling.

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A residency requirement in Malawi has prevented Madonna from adopting a second child from that African nation, a judge and a lawyer told the Associated Press, reports People.

The news service described the judge as a witness not involved in Friday's court ruling, and the lawyer as another who was present at the time of the decision. Both the judge and the lawyer spoke on conditions of anonymity.

The residency requirement for prospective parents is 18 to 24 months in Malawi. Madonna has homes in New York and London.

Madonna, 50, adopted her son, David Banda, now 3, from Malawi in 2008; she was granted custody and allowed to take him out of the country two years earlier. That adoption caused controversy, including claims that her application received special status because of her celebrity.

The singer, a single mother, was planning to adopt 3½-year-old Mercy James, whom she first met in an orphanage in 2006. Her other children are daughter Lourdes, 12, and son Rocco, 8.

When her Malawian lawyer, Alan Chinula, broke the news that High Court judge Esme Chombo had rejected her petition to adopt a Malawian toddler, an incredulous Madonna "kept wringing her hands," a source at Kumbali Lodge, where the pop star is staying, tells PEOPLE. Madonna, who filed her adoption papers on Monday, was not present in court.

At the hearing, the judge said child welfare officers are required to find suitable prospective parents and "not someone who just flies in and out." In terms of the child, "I think the welfare of Chifundo [African for 'Mercy'] will be better served if she grows within the environment of the culture of Malawi," she said.

The judge also said that because Madonna is already assisting other orphans, Chifundo will still benefit from star's generosity.

Do you think Madonna should have been allowed to adopt Mercy James, or do you agree with the judge's ruling?


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8 comments so far | Post a comment now
Gigohead  April 3, 2009, 11:13 AM

I think the judge made the right decision. Madonna has no right to pluck that child for her own ego.

She should continue to help support the children as best as she can and hopefully David Banda can continue her work. Not sure why pulling this little girl onto the limelight was the right thing either.

HeeHee April 3, 2009, 12:20 PM

Poor Madonna, she didn’t get her way. Boo Hoo.

Kristen April 3, 2009, 12:25 PM

What planet are you people on? This child would always have a home, FOOD, clean water. I don’t necessarily agree that she gets special treatment in adoptions because she is famous but come on, taking a child out of 3rd world conditions is ALWAYS better.

Lisa April 3, 2009, 2:47 PM

I gotta agree with Kristen here.

She should not get special treatment, but the child has been in foster care since 2006. A good and healthy home is what this child needs, not being raised in foster care in a 3rd world country.

Calvin April 3, 2009, 2:56 PM

I’m glad Madonna was denied. There are millions of children awaiting adoption in the United States. And why just focus on new born or toddlers? There are children of all ages waiting to be adopted, loved, supported, encouraged, and given a chance to be a part of a family right here in the United States of America. Hello Madonna…what are you waiting on to make it happen at home?

Kristen April 3, 2009, 3:56 PM

Calvin,
I disagree. Even children who are in foster care in the US get an education, have clean water, food and a roof over their head. I understand that every child deserves a home but we can’t MAKE madonna adopt a child here in the US but we also shouldn’t STOP her from giving a child a loving home.

ashley April 7, 2009, 8:26 AM

Ok, so why does she HAVE to adopt a baby from Malawi?? How many millions of children from Africa need better homes??

Kerin April 9, 2009, 11:33 PM

I think Madonna should have been able to adopt the child. She could have provided more than enough for the child and I’m sure would have still taught the child about it’s culture. Jolie has adopted how many now? She is a lot less stable than Madonna I would say (with all the health issues and such). A US home is much better than a third world foster care facility no matter the conditions. I also agree with Kristen that US orphans are still given opportunities third world children are denied, even ones who have homes!


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