11.05.2007

M's Mother in Law Speaks

Madonna and Guy 'wonderful parents'



Madonna and Guy are 'wonderful parents' says mother-in-law
Madonna and Guy are 'wonderful parents' says mother-in-law
Madonna and Guy are 'wonderful parents' says mother-in-law
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Madonna's mother-in-law has described the singer and husband Guy Ritchie as "loving and wonderful parents".
Shireen Ritchie was speaking on ITV1's GMTV programme, which is highlighting the thousands of children in the UK who need adoptive homes.

Madonna and her husband were granted temporary custody of toddler David Banda, then 13 months old, last October after his father placed him in an orphanage following the death of his mother.

The singer previously came under fire for allegedly attempting to bypass normal Malawian adoption rules, an allegation she has strenuously denied.

Mrs Ritchie, a Conservative councillor, is stepmother to Madonna's film director husband. She is Cabinet Member for Family and Children's Services for The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and was asked how the situation is going, having probably one of the most famous adopted grandsons in the world.

She said: "It is working very well. They are wonderful parents - loving and wonderful parents... and he's a very lucky little boy."

Speaking generally, she said the children hardest to find adoptive parents for were sometimes sibling groups and older children.

Mrs Ritchie was asked about the myth that it is difficult to adopt in Britain, prompting people to look abroad. She said: "Adoption processes in other countries are different, that's true.

"I think what we have in Britain today is a very robust system which puts the child at the heart of the adoption system.

"It is the interests of the child, what is best for the child, that is considered the whole time."



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Last Updated: 05 November 2007 2:46 PM


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