March 30, 2009

Ruling in Madonna adoption set for Friday

U.S. pop star Madonna is expected to hear Friday if she will be permitted to adopt a 4-year-old African girl, officials in Malawi said.

The 50-year-old recording artist already has two biological children and a 3-year-old son she adopted from Malawi as a baby.

A spokeswoman for Malawi's Attorney General's Office told CNN that Madonna, who attended a hearing Monday in the case, should appear in person to hear the judge's decision regarding the possible second adoption Friday.

Madonna's campaign to add another member to her brood has met with some objection.

Some critics said the singer would do better to simply donate money to the impoverished country's orphanages, rather than adopt its children.

CNN quoted Save the Children spokesman Dominic Nutt as saying: The best place for a child is in his or her family in their home community. Most children in orphanages have one parent still living, or have an extended family that can care for them in the absence of their parents.