Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Adoption news: Angelina is a Madonna but not vice versa?

Morning Briefing:

Jolie weighs in on Madonna: Jolie as MadonnaAccording to the Daily Mail, Angelina Jolie wasn't impressed with how Madonna decided to go about adopting her son, David, from Malawi. "Madonna knew the situation in Malawi," said Jolie. "It's a country where there is no real legal framework for adoption. Personally, I prefer to stay on the right side of the law. I would never take a child away from a place where adoption is illegal."

Heightening her moral status, perhaps, Jolie actually took the form of Madonna's namesake -- at least in a painting currently showing at the Miami Art Fair, where Jolie appears as the Virgin Mary, holding baby Shiloh in her arms with Maddox and Zahara at her side. (Daily Mail, Kate Kretz)

From Salon.com. Read more here.

p.s. I still like MY idea of Madonna being so concerned for the child's welfare that she will give the baby's father a micro-loan (or, a macro-loan, hey, she's rich!) so he can raise his own child in his own country, as he has said many times he desires to do. Why separate parent and child if you don't have to? Just a thought.


Anonymous said...

Pot Calling Kettle Black:

Lauryn Galindo, who helped Jolie adopt her Cambodian son, Maddox, pleaded guilty to visa fraud and money laundering as part of a ring that paid poor Cambodian women as little as $100 or less for their children. The agency which handled hundreds of such adoptions charged fees of $10,000. (See Chapter Five.)
Angelina Jolie was reportedly shocked to hear that Maddox might not be an orphan whose mother had died, but rather may have been sold by his mother in a des-perate attempt to escape a poverty-stricken life. The FBI closed down Seattle International Adoptions Inc., used by Jolie to adopt Maddox, after its former owner Lynn Devin pleaded guilty to false claims that some children the agency handled were orphans.


"The Stork Market: America's Multi-Billion Dollar Unregulated Adoption Industry" pp 59-60

I would value your opinion on international adoption in general and also on how it effects the environmental balance when we take children from poverty and bring them to nations of abundance.

Have you written anywhere on these issues?

Mirah Riben


GreenFertility said...

Hi Mirah,

THanks for commenting. Yes, since I've gotten to know birthmothers, I've gotten involved with the birthmores' right movement in Korea, and written about it. You can find some of my stuff on google "birth mothers" and "marie Myung-ok lee" and "somebody's Daughter" (my novel on adoption).

About the Cambodian adoption, I was under the impression Ms. Jolie uses Wide Horizons for Children, a ver reputable agency. I could be wrong...