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Why Madonna’s Mercy Adoption Failed

Madonna and her family visit the Mchinji Children's Home of Hope

Turns our the Material Girl doesn’t get to buy whatever she wants. Her second adoption attempt in Malawi was turned down, meaning 3-year-old Chifundo “Mercy” James is staying put for now. The country’s adoption laws have certain residency restrictions, which would require Madonna living there for 18-24 months so her interaction with the child can be observed; only once did Malawi waive that exception, and it was for Madonna’s first adopted child David Banda. But what, exactly, did the court have to say in the matter? An exclusive peek at the judge’s ruling: