Madonna and Guy Ritchie are getting a live-in guest for the next few days. Penston Kilembe, head of the child welfare services in Malawi, is visiting Madonna’s London abode to conduct a “home study” assessment in regards to the potential adoption of David Banda.
The purpose of the assessment is for Mr. Kilembe to gather information that will help the Malawi child services decide whether or not to allow Madonna to adopt David. The two primary concerns the welfare services has are if David is comfortable with his new family, and whether or not the excessive media coverage is negatively affecting David’s development.
As the child services explained: "The child is on a probationary period so we are going to check that he is bonding with his new family, I will meet the social services agency in their area. I want to watch what family life is like. I just want to make sure the child is happy and with a good family. I have met both Madonna and Guy Ritchie and they seem like nice people.”
For Madonna, this visit is hopefully the light at the end of a long journey. Her quest to adopt young David has run in to stiff resistance from child advocates and mainstream as reported by the Gossip Girls this past October.
Madonna recently received some vocal support from her friend Rupert Everett, who unleashed on everyone that has been attacking the adoption, saying, “I think it's outrageous how she has been treated. Adopting a kid is adopting a kid. It's great, There's no question that it's better for him to be growing up in Madonna's family than in a Malawian orphanage."
Enjoy the photos of Madonna at a London gym on numerous occasions this past week (July 10-17).