A Malawian court has turned down Madonna’s request to adopt three-year-old Chifundo “Mercy” James. This despite the fact that the singer already has one Malawian child in her care. The judge said that he denied the adoption because the pop Queen has failed to fulfill a requirement ordering prospective adoptive parents to be residents of Malawi for at least 18 months.
Madonna Defies Criticism, Vows to Continue Adopting Baby Mercy James in Malawi, Adoption Ruling Delayed
A Malawi court delayed until this Friday a ruling on Madonna’s attempt to adopt a second child from the African country. The decision came the same day as a press conference in the capital city, Lilongwe, by a group of non-governmental organizations accusing Madonna of using her wealth and influence to fast-track the adoption process; one official called her a “bully.” After her visit to the Malawian courtroom, the pop star visited the day care center built by her charity. She was accompanied by her 12-year-old daughter Lourdes, 8-year-old son Rocco, and 3-year-old Malawian son David, whose adoption Madonna finalized last year.
Madonna wants the 3-year-old son she adopted from Africa to have a brother or sister from his home country. The 50-year-old singer adopted little David Banda from a Malawi orphanage in 2006 and now said she is considering adopting a second child from the country. Only a court can decide whether Madonna can adopt a second child from Malawi, the government said on Wednesday, after the star revealed she was thinking of finding a new sibling for her adopted son David.