Madonna fails to adopt a second child in Malawi
Madonna adoption fails
Malawian court rules against Queen of Pop adopting little Mercy
Madonna’s attempt to adopt little Mercy James has failed after a Malawian court ruled against the application.
Judge Esmie Chondo said in a ruling: ‘I must have todecline to grant the application to Madonna,’ following a closed-door hearing on Friday.
Despite receiving the backing of theMalawian government, after the country’s information minister, Patricia Kaliati, said the singer was aworthy motherand had already done much to help Malawi in the past few years, the application has been reportedlyrejected owing to residency rules.
Madonnatouched down in the African country last Sunday but was apparently not in court today to hear the decision. It is not yet known if she will appeal against the ruling.
Reports from theAssociated Pressexplained that the application failed because of a stipulation that prospective adoptive parents must be resident inMalawifor 18 to 24 months.
The law was waived in 2006 whenMadonnasuccessfully adopted herMalawian son, David Banda.Mercy Jamesis currently living in the same orphanage in whichDavidresided before his adoption.
According tocourt papersjust released, theA-listersaid she was, ‘able and willing to securely provide for Chifundo James [whose name translates in English into Mercy James] and make her a permanent and established member of my family’.
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