Overhaul essential elements of Malawi’s adoption laws, high court urges

The Malawian judge who some years ago authorised singer Madonna’s adoption of two girls has now delivered a thorough-going critique of the legislation surrounding adoptions in that country, with strong recommendations for parliament about changes that should be made urgently, to protect the many vulnerable babies who need new homes and families through the adoption process.

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This is a fascinating, multi-layered decision by Malawi high court judge, Fiona Mwale. At one level, there’s the story about the intended adoption and the mini-drama that played out in court over this particular case. But then there’s also her thoroughgoing critique of Malawi’s provisions for adoption, with wide-ranging recommendations to the country’s law-makers, explaining what needs updating and change, and why.

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