“Best Interest of the Child” – Go Malawi!

I woke up this morning to good news. I am so thankful that the best interests of the child are now being taken seriously! Im SO thankful, and for me this is a message that acknowledges adoptees, adoptee researchers and professionals who continue to aruge that we need to change the face and meaning of adoption! Why is adoption always about removal when someone thinks they know best for a child? This daughter of Malawi now has the gift of her grandmother, the gift of her culture, her country, her race, her community. I am thankful.


From CNN

Madonna’s adoption rejected by Malawian judge

(CNN) — Madonna’s petition to adopt a second Malawian child was rejected by a local judge Friday, an official said.

“The decision came down to residency requirement and the fact that the judge believes she was being well taken care of in the orphanage,” said Zione Ntaba, a spokeswoman for the Malawi Justice Department.

“For the Malawians, the fact that the child is at an orphanage, is being taken care of and is going through the school education system, that does qualify as the best interests of a child,” Ntaba added.

The 50-year-old pop star had filed a petition to adopt a girl, Chifundo James, 4, whose first name translates to mercy in Chichewa, the country’s national language. She has three other children, including a son she adopted from the southern African nation in 2006.



One thought on ““Best Interest of the Child” – Go Malawi!

  1. You know waht I don’t understand? Why don’e women like Madonna, and Angelian Jolie, sponsor the mother’s families of these children, instead of running off to america with them? I am a mother myself, and I could NOT see myself rollin’ up in somebody else’s country taking their children. These mothers probably feel as though they have no other choice, with lack of education, resources, health care, decent living conditions, they probably feel as thought the best thing is to let their babies go. I’m sorry, but neither of these women impress me. Angelina jolie’s adoptions, have been shady at best.

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