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Monday, July 30, 2007

Madonna - baby thieving update

This, from an outraged 'Grazia' magazine article:

"Madonnna has been quick to admit that adopting Malawian baby David Banda was one of the most difficult decisions she's ever had to make... Now, in order to win complete custody of the two year old, Madonna must open the doors of her £7 million home to a complete stranger so he can scrutinise her suitability as David's mother."

Erm.... yes. Being assessed "by a total stranger" is what is commonly known as a vital and entirely standard part of the adoption process.

Only difference is, if you're not rich and famous, they tend to want to assess your parental suitability BEFORE you get to bundle the child on a plane and take it home.

1 comment:

Ron said...

Got a cat once with a girlfriend. We adopted it from the humane society. Before they let us buy ("rescue") it, they quizzed our motives and our ability to provide a proper home for it. For a £25 cat. Then they would periodically stop by very un-announced to check on the welfare of said make sure we hadn't eaten it or whatever it is the kids are doing with cats these days. Mind you, the cat was less than a week from being euthanised at the society when we got him. Anyway, long story short, I suppose it's fairly natural to assume that adoption agencies would extend the same concern and precautions (or post-cautions?) when letting foreigners adopt children. But if you come across a recipe for Malawian stew on the internet, I'd recommend alerting the monitoring agency.