Pop star Madonna is still determined to adopt 4-year-old Mercy James after her failed attempt to do so this month. In a statement published in Malawian newspaper The Nation on Sunday, Madonna wrote about her desire to provide “a loving family environment” for Mercy.
“I want to provide Mercy with a home, a loving family environment and the best education and health care possible,” Madonna said in an e-mail to The Nation, a Malawian newspaper. “And it’s my hope that she, like David, will one day return to Malawi and help the people of their country.”
She adds, “Though I have been advised that I cannot publicly discuss the pending appeal regarding my desire to adopt Mercy, I do want to say how much I appreciate the level of support that I have received from the people of Malawi and my friends around the world,” she said.
Judge Esimie Chombo turned down the singer’s adoption application because she didn’t meet the country’s 18 to 24 month residency requirement. In addition, Chombo says that though she was tempted to approve the adoption, she didn’t so because then ” anyone could come to Malawi and quickly arrange for an adoption that might have grave consequences on the very children that the law seeks to protect”.