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Last Updated: Wednesday October 18 2006 10:36 GMT

Madonna speaks of adoption 'joy'

The baby (under grey coat) arrives at Heathrow airport

Madonna has spoken for the first time about adopting a baby boy from Africa and her family's "joy".

She is hoping to adopt a 13-month old boy called David from Malawi, and on Tuesday he arrived in the UK to live with the singer for 18 months.

At the end of that time courts in Malawi will decide if Madonna will be allowed to become David's mum forever.

The singer added that she has been going through official processes to adopt a baby for many months.

She also said that her family will now take time "to experience the joy we feel to have David home".

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David flew into the UK from Africa on Tuesday and was taken to Madonna's house in London.

In Malawi a group of charities have joined together to try and stop the singer from becoming David's mum.

They think that because Madonna is famous some of the rules that are normally followed in adoptions have been broken.

The law in Malawi says anyone who wants to adopt a child there must live in the country for 12 months and children are not supposed to be adopted by people not from Malawi.

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