April 3, 2009

Madonna's adoption rejected by Malawian judge

Posted: 08:17 AM ET

Madonna's petition to adopt a second Malawian child was rejected by a local judge Friday, an official said.

"The decision came down to residency requirement and the fact that the judge believes she was being well taken care of in the orphanage," said Zione Ntaba, a spokeswoman for the Malawi Justice Department.

"For the Malawians, the fact that the child is at an orphanage, is being taken care of and is going through the school education system, that does qualify as the best interests of a child," Ntaba added.

The 50-year-old pop star had filed a petition to adopt a girl, Chifundo James, 4, whose first name translates to mercy in Chichewa, the country's national language. She has three other children, including a son she adopted from the southern African nation in 2006.

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Nagla Laprise   April 3rd, 2009 1:19 pm ET

I am so happy that the adoption was refused, with all the money she has she should open a hospital for those kids who are dying from aids and malnutrition or open a school like Oprah to help everyone not only one child, besides what kind of a mother and an example to her kids sleeping around with guys she is old enough to be their mother and she is in a process of a divoirce, the best for a child to have both parents.

I think Madona is a show off.

Thank you

Joe G. (Illinois)   April 3rd, 2009 1:36 pm ET

Nanny.. Babysitters.. Madonna wants to adopt.. If for the most evil lies.. And American can’t see that because..?!

donald   April 3rd, 2009 8:34 pm ET

I feel badly for her, she is a good Mom...but there is always sunshine after the rain ,,,

BARBARA E BEACH   April 4th, 2009 2:43 am ET

Delighted she was turned down! If she truly wants to help the children, she could make a better rememberance if she helped build something to help many children, instead of one, a Safe Home, a Safe School, a Safe Community.

Anonymous   April 4th, 2009 9:20 am ET

An orphanage should want to find its residents, without families, a good home. Madonna can provide very well for her children and she's a good mother. To deny an orphaned child a family, is very sad.

lynn, vancouver   April 4th, 2009 2:15 pm ET

I don't believbe Madonna's lifestyle and values are that of a model mother. A four year old is aware of her culture and I applaud Malawai's stand that a person wanting to adopt a child should be prepared to live in the country for 18 months to understand where their child "came" from.

Americans are too quick to jump to the conclusion that having money is sufficient and "stars" should be able to buy whatevber they want, laws be damned.

Tatjana   April 4th, 2009 10:59 pm ET

I saw a snippet of her show where she uses profanities and filthy language towards Sarah Palin .
I don't care about Palin or Madonna , but as a mother , that is if she were a good mother , Madonna would not revel in such horrific behaviour toward another woman knowing that there are children involved.
If these celebrities wanted to do good deeds to help poor and starving children , they should help and pay for clean water supplies , food and education for villages and not pick just one child .

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