Saturday, April 4, 2009
Well the recent turmoil in Madonna's personal life i.e. divorce, younger man as a new "buddy", probably didn't help much in her pursue of adopting another Malawi orphan. This time the around the judge was courts were sticking to the rules of adoptions in the country, unlike the first time when she adopted David Banda. Here is the details from BBC News.
BBC & E-online:
Failing to prove her love apparently, a Malawi court has shot down the Material Mom's request to adopt a second child from the African nation, chalking up the denial to the fact that Madonna did not meet a simple residency requirement.
Acording to the BBC, a Malawi judge has ruled that Madonna would not be adopting 3-year-old oprhan Chinfundo "Mercy" James because she has not lived in the country from anywhere between 18 and 24 months as stipulated under adoption rules.
"I must have to decline to grant the application to Madonna," judge Esmie Chondo said in a ruling following the closed-door proceeding on Friday.
While the court apparently overlooked that fact when the Queen of Pop gained custody of 3-year-old David Banda and swept him off to London back in 2006. This time around, perhaps aware of the controversy the first adoption sparked among activists who felt Madonna and ex-hubby Guy Ritchie had wrongly skirted guidelines, Malawi officials followed their own law to the letter in denying young David a sister.
Judge Esme Chombo subsequently rejected her petition, pointing out that the 50-year-old singer divides her time miles away from Malawi between homes in New York or London.
The judge expressed concern that by allowing Madonna to bypass their own requirements and "removing the very safeguard that is supposed to protect our children, the courts by their pronouncements could actually facilitate trafficking of children by some unscrupulous individuals."
Chombo also argued that Madonna's good works with the orphanage will still benefit Mercy since she currently resides there.
"It is evident that Chifundo James no longer is subject to the conditions of poverty at her place of birth," the judge said.
No word whether the "Hung Up" crooner will appeal.
Madonna arrived in Malawi last week to visit her orphanage, see "Mercy," and take young David to see his biological father in order to keep him in touch with his Malawi roots. She filed her adoption request on Monday, stating that the girl's grandmother was unable to properly care for her and seeking custody to give her a better life free from "hardship and emotional trauma."
She was not present however when the court handed down its decision.