Adoption, Celebrities, Family Law

Madonna Takes Child Over the Borderline

madonna and child.jpgDrudge already took our original idea for a post title: “I’m Keeping My Baby.” But we will soldier on, chiming in on a subject that has captured international attention and has a legal angle: Pop star Madonna’s adoption of a one-year-old baby boy from Malawi, David Banda.
Allegations have been made that Madonna and her husband, director Guy Ritchie, did not proceed through standard legal channels in carrying out the adoption. Madonna denies such allegations:

“We have gone about the adoption procedure according to the law like anyone else who adopts a child. Reports to the contrary are totally inaccurate,” the singer, 48, said in an open letter released by her publicist.

“After learning that there were over one million orphans in Malawi, it was my wish to open up our home and help one child escape an extreme life of hardship, poverty and in many cases death, as well as expand our family.”

Pundits don’t preach; baby’s in trouble deep.
Madonna and Child flew from Malawi to London. Now they’re apparently bound for the United States:

Madonna is planning to fly to America to adopt the African boy she flew into London. Sources in Los Angeles say she has hired an American adoption agency because she fears British authorities could block her bid to become mother to 13-month-old David Banda….

Madonna and husband Guy Ritchie could face a criminal investigation by British authorities after she brought David from Malawi yesterday.

A criminal investigation? Yikes. Well, at least Madonna has the benefit of expert counsel: “[T]he star is taking the advice of friends Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to pursue the adoption in California.”
Inter-Race Adoptees Say Worried About Madonna Child [Reuters]
Madonna follows adoption route in US after advice from Angelina [Daily Mail]

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