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Madonna files adoption papers

March 27, 2009|Associated Press

Madonna is planning to adopt a second child from Malawi, officials said Thursday, but questions have already been raised over whether the newly divorced pop star will face obstacles because of her single-mom status.

An official at the Malawi welfare department said Madonna, who is 50 and a mother of three, had filed adoption papers in the southern African country.

Years ago, the singer was accused of using her celebrity status to circumvent Malawian laws when she adopted her son David -- allegations she denies. That adoption became final in 2008. Now there are concerns that rules again will be broken for Madonna, as Malawi typically does not approve adoptions for single or divorced parents. But the Malawi welfare official said each case is considered on its merit.

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