Madonna’s Attorney Confirms Malawi Adoption Trip

Date: 2009-03-27

Madonna’s lawyer has confirmed the singer will file adoption papers in a Malawi court next week amid reports the toddler she tried to adopt last year has been moved from an orphanage to await collection by the star.
The singer will arrive in the African nation on Saturday to begin her quest to bring a second Malawian child into her family. She finalized the adoption of her son David Banda last year, after two years of legal wrangling.
She will then file official documents to begin the adoption process in a courthouse in the capital city of Lilongwe on Monday, according to her attorney Alan Chinula.
Chinula says, “We are expected to be in court on Monday to file papers for a possible adoption.”
Meanwhile, 4-year-old Mercy James was reportedly removed from her orphanage near Blantyre, Malawi, earlier this week and subsequently placed under a nanny’s care at Kumbali Lodge, outside Lilongwe, where the singer has stayed on previous visits.
A source tells Britain’s Daily Mail, “Mercy has been handed over to Madonna’s people, who are already at the lodge, and is being cared for by a nanny.
(AP Photo/Karel Prinsloo, File)
Madonna holds David Banda in her arms, in this April 19, 2007, file photo at Consol Homes, a day care center that she is funding in the village of Masekese, Malawi.
“They are waiting for Madonna to arrive so mother and daughter can be united and then Madonna is expected to take Mercy with her when she leaves.”
Madonna was alleged to have signed paperwork to adopt Mercy last year, but the reports never came to fruition, despite the little girl’s grandfather telling a U.S. tabloid, “It breaks our hearts to know she will leave us, but adoption is best for her.”
Madonna is already mom to adopted David Banda, 3, Rocco, 8, from her marriage to Guy Ritchie and Lourdes, 12, whose father is Carlos Leon.