You’ve got to give it to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.Â Those two sure know how to legally adopt orphaned children.Â They go to impoverished countries, do someÂ charity work, andÂ collaborate with established adoption agencies in order to make educated decisions about adding a childÂ to their family.Â Madonna, on the other hand,Â seems to have no clue.Â She goes toÂ Malawi, grabs an “orphan”Â with a father and aÂ grandmother, and runs for it (or at least she paid/coerced her assistant to run for it).Â
I hesitate to call the Material Mom an idiot, butÂ I’m pretty close to doing so.Â Â The continent of Africa literally has millions of children whose parents have died from diseaseÂ or war, and this well-intentioned celebrityÂ decides to adopt a child that hasÂ familyÂ capable ofÂ going to the media.Â This situation kind of makes Madonna look like a loon.Â Â One of theÂ reasons I am concerned about this at all is that there is a seemingly helpless Malawian father involved.Â Another reason is the safety of the children remaining in the orphanage is at stake.Â Malawi’s adoption program is so strict in partÂ because there are sickos out there that traffic children for labor and sex.Â Â The existing protocols are in place to protect the kids from that kind of exploitation.Â Should Madonna be exempt?Â Perhaps, but not atÂ the detrimentÂ of the remaining children or the ignorant father.
I hope this confusion is resolved amicably and that any good people thatÂ are thinking of adopting from Africa continue to pursue the option.Â We shouldn’t let one famous person’s mess color how we feel about adopting from nations in crisis.Â We should also remember thatÂ even thoughÂ it’sÂ currentlyÂ inÂ vogue to adopt from oversees that there are children right here in the United States of America in need ofÂ loving homes.Â Either way, it’s all about the health, safety, and happiness of the children. Â
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