“I want to provide Mercy with a home, a loving family environment and the best education and healthcare possible,” the 50-year-old popstar told Malawi’s Nation on Sundaynewspaper, according to Reuters. ”And it’s my hope that she, like David, will one day return to Malawi and help the people of their country.”
In March, a Malawi judge rejected the Material Mom’s request because of a law restricting non-residents from adopting children. Madonna has appealed the decision.
Madonna’s petition to adopt a second child from Malawi was rejected by a judge on Friday, April 3rd.
According to chartattack.com, Madonna flew to the southeast African country to try and adopt three-year-old Chifundo James, whose first name translates as “Mercy” in English. But Judge Esme Chombo, a judge in Malawi’s capital of Lilongwe, said prospective parents must live in Malawi for 18 to 24 months before they can adopt a Malawian child.
“The decision came down to residency requirement and the fact that the judge believes she was being well taken care of in the orphanage,” Zione Ntaba, a spokeswoman for the Malawi Justice Department, told CNN.
“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.”
Madonna is on her way to Malawi to adopt a 3-year-old girl named Mercy.
According to perezhilton.com, the world-traveler is expected in court on Monday.
But, in what can only be an awkward situation, Madge will be facing a homecoming party for her son, David Banda, whom she also adopted from Malawi a few years ago.
Apparently, everyone is expecting the kid to get reunited with his biological dad Yohane Banda, the one that gave him up for adoption. According to In Touch Weekly, Yohane said recently, “I am excited to get reunited with my son after three years.”
Madonna will receive honourary citizenship to Malawi for her good will work there, reports Hello magazine.
Her adopted son, David Banda, is from Malawi. She funds several orphanages and is in the process of opening a girls’ school near the capital.
“We are proud as a country to be associated with such a megastar,” said Billy Kaunda, the deputy tourism and culture minister of Malawi. “She will have freedom of all cities here. She won’t be bothered with issues like visas and other limitations.”
Madonna also filmed a documentary on Malawi called “I Am Because We Are,” which premiered at the Cannes film festival.