Malawian social worker to assess Madonna

He'll rule on whether star is suitable adoptive parent

A social worker from Malawi will travel to London next week to assess Madonna‘s suitability to adopt a child from the African country.

The official, Penstone Kilembe, said Madonna was “looking forward to this so her adoption process is not hampered”.

In a further twist to the ongoing sagag, he added that the government had reversed an earlier decision preventing him from visiting the star. He said blocking his visit could have jeopardised Madonna’s attempt to adopt David Banda, the child she was granted custody of last October.

At that time Malawi was criticised for fast-tracking Madonna‘s adoption process. She was granted an 18 month interim custody order enabling her to take the baby out of Malawi until officials decided whether or not she should get full adoption rights.

According to Reuters, Kilembe said that the refusal of Kate Kainja, the Malawian minister of women and child development, to grant him permission to assess Madonna and husband Guy Ritchie‘s suitability to adopt the boy could have caused the entire process to “crumble”.

Kainja was reported in a Malawian newspaper as saying that Kilembe had “personalised the whole issue” and that she felt other officials should make the assessment in his place.

But Kilembe will now make the trip himself. The proposed visit will last for two weeks from September 4.

The adoption will only receive final approval when the country’s authorities are satisfied that the child is being properly looked after.