8.08.2007

Madonna Dismisses Adoption Trouble Reports



AP Photo/Karel Prinsloo,

Singer Madonna has denied reports the adoption of baby Malawian
David Banda has hit a snag after conflicting accounts of a key welfare
official's flight to the U.K.

On Saturday the director of Malawi's child welfare services, Penston
Kilembe, said financial and administrative difficulties had prevented
him traveling to London in May to determine whether Banda can be
officially adopted by Madonna and her husband, Guy Ritchie.

Kilembe added that the adoption process may now "crumble," 10 months

after the couple brought the child back to the U.K. from a Malawian
orphanage last October.

But Madonna's spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg says, "The information regarding the adoption that was reported is simply not accurate.

"The adoption process is going along very well and according to proper procedure."

The High Court of Malawi appointed Kilembe to visit Banda in his new
home twice before deciding whether Madonna's adoption should be
formalized in a hearing next year.m

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