Madonna: "I Am Ecstatic" to Adopt Mercy James

Celebrity Moms Jun. 15, 2009 AT 11:28AM
Madonna Madonna attends the 2009 Vanity Fair Oscar party hosted by Graydon Carter on February 22, 2009 in West Hollywood, California. Credit: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.com

Madonna is "ecstatic" a judge approved her appeal to adopt three-year-old Chifundo "Mercy" James from Malawi.

"I am extremely grateful for the Supreme Court's ruling on my application to adopt Mercy James," Madonna told Usmagazine.com through her spokeswoman, Liz Rosenberg.

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"I am ecstatic. My family and I look forward to sharing our lives with her," continued the singer, who adopted David Banda, 3, from Malawi in 2006. Madonna's earlier bid was rejected after a judge ruled prospective parents must live in the country 18 to 24 months. But during Friday's hearing, Chief Justice Lovemore Munlo called the residency requirements an "old law."

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Sources at the High Court tell Us that Mercy could be with Madonna by mid-week.

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"Her passport is already being prepared -- we're not going to pause this over the weekend," says a senior-level insider. "Madonna and Mercy should be together by Wednesday."

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