Madonna & Guy adopted African 1 yr old boy

  1. Madonna adopts baby boy in Malawi

    Singer, already mom of two, also will fund center for orphans


    ILONGWE, - Pop diva Madonna adopted a young boy in Malawi on Wednesday and moved ahead with plans to fund a center for 1,000 orphans, many of whom lost parents to AIDS in the impoverished African nation.

    The “Material Girl” and an entourage arrived in the Malawian capital Lilongwe by private plane early on Wednesday and were quickly whisked away to an undisclosed location in a fleet of cars and trucks.

    Government officials said the 48-year-old singer, already a mother of two, chose the one-year-old orphan from among 12 children specially chosen prior to her arrival in the country, which has legions of children orphaned by the AIDS epidemic.


    “She asked us to identify boys only, which we have done after visiting four orphanages in Lilongwe,” government spokeswoman Adrina Michiela said. Michiela said Madonna had wanted to adopt a girl but changed her mind two weeks ago.

    It was unclear whether Madonna, for whom Malawi waived its ban on non-resident adoptions, would leave the country with her adopted baby or whether they would be reunited at a later date.



    The trip has stoked high expectations in Malawi, a nation of 13 million people who are dependent on tobacco exports.

    Madonna has said she plans to spend at least $3 million on programs to support orphans in Malawi and another $1 million to fund a documentary about the plight of children in the country.

    She travelled to Mphandula, a village 20 km (12.5 miles) outside Lilongwe, where she is funding the construction of the Raising Malawi centre to feed and educate around 1,000 orphans.

    Residents in Mphandula, which has no electricity, were earlier busy rehearsing songs and preparing for her arrival.

    Critics have described the project as a publicity stunt that follows in the footsteps of other celebrities, including actress Angelina Jolie, who have taken up causes on the world’s poorest continent.

    As part of their studies, orphans at the centre will be taught a curriculum based on Spirituality for Kids linked to the Kabbalah school of mysticism to which Madonna adheres.
     
  2. All I can say is WOW. Adoption is one of the most precious gifts we can give a child. I wish all the best for Madonna and Guy and their growing family!
     
  3. Very interesting and would love to read more. You are right Pursegrrl, adoption is a wonderful gift!
     
  4. wow, what a kind heart.. i hope that the adoption process will be positive.. you never know the history of kids being adopted plus their families, so adoption is a really scary business as well..
     
  5. This is really wonderful.. its a precious gift for sure :smile:
     
  6. Good for her and her family.
     
  7. By Steve Gorman 26 minutes ago


    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A spokeswoman for Madonna on Wednesday denied claims by officials in the African nation of Malawi that the pop star had adopted a one-year-old orphan boy there.
    Spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg called the report "completely inaccurate" but said Madonna was not bothered by it because it would draw attention to the problems of children in the impoverished African nation.
    Rosenberg, said Madonna was visiting orphanages in Malawi this week as part of a charitable program to provide care for an estimated 1 million children who are without parents in the southern African nation, many of them suffering from AIDS.
    "She has not adopted a child," Rosenberg told Reuters. "She went on a private visit to Malawi ... to participate in the building of an orphanage and several other initiatives that are all under the auspices of an organization called Raising Malawi."
    Rosenberg said there was no truth to statements from the Malawian government that Madonna had chosen to adopt a year-old boy from among 12 children specially selected prior to her arrival in the capital city of Lilongwe on Wednesday.
    "She asked us to identify boys only, which we have done after visiting four orphanages in Lilongwe," government spokeswoman Adrina Michiela said, adding that Madonna had wanted to adopt a girl but changed her mind two weeks ago.
    "None of that is accurate," said Rosenberg, who acts as Madonna's chief spokeswoman at her Warner Records music label.
    Malawian officials were not immediately available for comment on the denial by Madonna.
    Asked whether the 48-year-old star, already a mother of two children with her husband, British filmmaker Guy Richie, was making adoption plans or contemplating adopting a child in the future, Rosenberg said, "I have no idea."\

    Rosenberg said she had spoken to Madonna directly since the adoption story broke and that the singer was not angry about the situation.
    "I think that anything that brings attention to the country is fine with her, even if it's information that's not correct," the publicist said. "She wants people to pay attention to Malawi and to the 1 million children who don't have parents and don't have care there."

    Madonna's trip has stoked high expectations in Malawi, a nation of 13 million people who are dependent on tobacco exports. According to the Raising Malawi Web site (www.raisingmalawi.org), at least 1 million children are orphans in Malawi and about 30 percent of them have AIDS.
    Madonna has said she plans to spend at least $3 million on programs to support orphans in Malawi and another $1 million to fund a documentary about the plight of children in the country.
    She traveled to Mphandula, a village 12.5 miles outside Lilongwe, where she is funding the construction of the Raising Malawi center to feed and educate about 1,000 orphans.
     
  8. That is so sweet. I don't think she'd do this for a publicity stunt. It's too personal and heartfelt for that. I wish her and her family all the best.
     
  9. They just said on the news that she was there to see her donation $$$ at work and NOT to adopt.
     
  10. I read somewhere that in that particular country you have to stay there for 18 months for them to observe if you are a good parent. So that would definitely get in the way of Madonna adopting from that particular place.

    I think it is wonderful what she is doing and I'm sure if she wants to adopt she can find a country that will release a child to her without waiting 18 months living in the country. Peggy
     
  11. I wish guy and madonna the best.hopefully everything works out for them adoption is a wonderful gift
     
  12. That's wonderful!!! I wish them peace and blessing.
     
  13. she denied adopting,she's there for charity work ...

    i have heard continously she's trying 2 get pregnant for the 3rd time ? i hope she does soon :smile: