Not so fast Queen of Pop!
“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.
50-year-old Madonna had adopeted a son from the southern African nation of Malawi in 2006.
The girl’s mother, according to the affidavit, died at age 14 just days after her baby was born Jan. 22, 2006. There was no mention of the father in the affidavit. The mother’s brother is listed as having consented to the adoption.
Madonna’s bid was rejected because of a requirement that prospective parents live in the southern African nation for at least 18 months.The residency rule was waived in 2006, when Madonna was allowed to take her adopted son, David, to London before his adoption was finalized in 2008. Madonna was married at the time as well.
Madonna can appeal the ruling to Malawi’s Supreme Court.
Malawi’s child welfare minister had endorsed Madonna’s adoption application.
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