Madonna posted an open letter on her official site (turn your speakers off) regarding her adoption, also addressing concerns that she circumvented the legal system to speed up the adoption process. She writes:
My husband and I began the adoption process many months prior to our trip to Malawi. I did not wish to disclose my intentions to the world prior to the adoption happening as this is a private family matter.
After learning that there were over one million orphans in Malawi, it was my wish to open up our home and help one child escape an extreme life of hardship, poverty and in many cases death, as well as expand our family.
Nevertheless, we have gone about the adoption procedure according to the law like anyone else who adopts a child. Reports to the contrary are totally inaccurate. The procedure includes an 18-month evaluation period after which time we hope to make this adoption permanent.
This was not a decision or commitment that my family or I take lightly.
I am overwhelmed and inspired by my trip to Malawi and hope that it helps bring attention to how much more the world needs to do to help the children of Africa.
My heartfelt thanks for all the good wishes I have received and I hope the press will allow my family some room for us to experience the joy we feel to have David home.
October 17, 2006
You can tell how serious she is about her new child because his world debut are photos of him cradled in the arms of his loving mother. Oh wait, that’s not Madonna. That’s not even close to a Madonna. Unless she’s turned herself into a humble looking Hispanic woman.