Madonna Confirms Adoption, Asks for Mercy

Pop queen Madonna has confirmed, after weeks of speculation, that she’s in the process of adopting another child from the South African nation of Malawi.

In an email to the Associated Press, longtime Madonna rep Liz Rosenberg said the signer was following standard procedures in compliance with the local government, and not using her fame to advance the process.

Rosenberg did not respond to requests for a copy of the email at press time.

The child in question is a 4-year-old girl named ChifundoMercyJames. Mercy’s mother was 18 and died shortly after childbirth. Her father is alive but reportedly keeps little contact.

Attempts to adopt Mercy on Madonna’s part have been attacked by a private organization called the Human Rights Consultative Committee, saying “Mercy James is a child who has her extended close family members alive and we urge Madonna to assist the child from right here.”

Meanwhile, Madonna visited Malawi on Monday with her fist adopted son David Banda, where the two met with his biological father at an orphanage where he once lived.

“Madonna is committed to maintaining an ongoing relationship with David’s Malawian roots,” Rosenberg said.

Madonna has two biological children, 12-year-old Lourdes and Rocco, 8. She recently divorced from British director Guy Ritchie.