UPDATE ~ People is reporting that Madonna has legally won the right to adopt a daughter from Malawi. Madonna's Malawi lawyer said the pop icon stayed up throughout the night hoping for a courtroom victory. "It's the early hours in New York now but my client has been awake all night waiting for this." The ruling was made official around 2 a.m. her time Friday. "She was ecstatic when I broke the news to her. She said, 'Thank heavens.' "
April 3, 2009 ~ The Associated Press is reporting that Madonna's application for adoption has been denied.
March 29, 2009 6:02 pm ~ Madonna is due in court this Friday as part of her ongoing quest to adopt another child. Reporters were told by Court Registrar James Chigona that Esme Chombo will consider whether to grant Madonna a temporary custody order to allow her to take 3-year-old Mercy out of the country. Chinula also says that Madonna's split from her husband will not affect her chances as "Malawi laws do not say single parents cannot adopt," he said. Mercy's teenage mother, Mwandida Maunde, died at age 18 in 2006.
Madonna and her family have used the trip to help her son David to explore his roots. Sources tell People that Madonna is expected to take her children Lourdes, 12, Rocco, 8, and David, 3, to the Home of Hope orphanage in the border district of Mchinji for her adopted son's reunion with the orphanage where the singer found him in 2006. She also took her children's to David's ancestral village of Lipunga, where they visited Consol Homes, a school run on Kabalah teachings. "I am impressed with what you are doing here," Madonna told the staff at the school.
March 26, 2009 12:55 ~ Madonna is expected in Malawi to adopt another child, this time a baby girl People reports.
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