Madonna to Adopt from Malawi Again?


Mar. 16 2009, Published 8:57 a.m. ET

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Madonna and Brangelina seem to be on the same track--the baby track! The Material Girl said she is considering adopting a second child from the African nation of Malawi, despite the controversy surrounding her first adoption.

"Many people--especially our Malawian friends--say that David Banda should have a Malawian brother or sister," Madonna said in response to emailed questions from Malawi's national newspaper. "It's something I've been considering, but would only do if I had the support of the Malawian people and the government."

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A Malawian court approved Madonna's adoption of David last year. Critics accused the government of skirting laws that ban non-residents from adopting children in Malawi, which has been badly hit by the AIDS epidemic.

Madonna has said the controversy had been difficult to deal with but she was happy to be involved in a case that might pave the way for more adoptions in Malawi. An estimated one million children in the country have been orphaned by AIDS.

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Madonna, who began adoption proceedings in 2006, took David when he was 13 months old after his father had placed him in an orphanage following the death of his wife.

"It is a big priority for me to educate my son about the world, but always to stay connected to his Malawian culture," she said. "He has a big map of Africa in his room with lots of arrows pointing to Malawi."

Madonna said her divorce from film director Guy Ritchie would not deprive their children of either parent.

"I believe in family. So, everything between us is very amicable...we both agree that our children should always feel a deep connection with both their parents. It is our responsibility to give them that foundation," she said."


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