Madonna Wins Adoption Appeal, Malawi’s high court ruled in favor of pop superstar Madonna on Friday, saying she will be able to adopt a young girl from the country, said Zione Ntaba, a spokeswoman for the attorney general’s office.
Madonna walks with her Malawian son, David Banda, in Lilongwe, Malawi, in March.
“In our judgment,” the court wrote in its ruling, “the welfare of infant CJ will be better taken care of by having her adopted by the foreign parent rather than for her to grow up in an orphanage where she will have no family life, no love and affection of parents.”
Madonna issued a statement saying she is “extremely grateful for the Supreme Court’s ruling on my application to adopt Mercy James. I am ecstatic. … My family and I look forward to sharing our lives with her.”
The young girl at the center of the current case is Chifundo James, whose first name translates to “mercy” in Chichewa, Malawi’s national language.
Madonna, 50, took her effort to adopt the three-year-old to Malawi’s highest court last month after a lower court ruled the adoption did not meet local law.
Malawi requires applicants for adoption to have lived in the country for 18 months before they may be granted permission.
That condition was waived in 2006, when Madonna adopted another Malawian child, David Banda. Madonna has two other children who are not adopted.
Mercy has lived in an orphanage for most of her life; her teenage mother died shortly after childbirth.