Malawi father ‘happy’ with Madonna adoption bid
The Malawian biological father of Madonna’s first adopted child said Thursday he was happy that the star planned to adopt another child from that country to be a sister to his son.
“I am very very happy Madonna is going to adopt a sister called Mercy to David,” Yohane Banda told AFP.
The American pop superstar is expected to hear a court decision Friday on her application to adopt a three-year-old girl, Mercy James, from an orphanage in southern Malawi.
“That’s great news… Mercy and David will grow up together and remind each other that they come from a poor country called Malawi and hope they will do something about it,” Yohane said.
Banda added that he had heard from Madonna herself that she intends to adopt the girl “to be a sister to David.”
The little girl has been staying at the orphanage following the death of her mother, who died shortly after giving birth.
It is said that Madonna first met the child during her first visit in the country to adopt David Banda.
The singer caused controversy then as she was accused of using her fame and wealth to fast-track the process whereas Malawi does not have inter-country adoption legislation.
Madonna was given provisional custody for 18 months, which was made permanent last May.
From the AFP via Google News.