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Potential pitfalls of adopting abroad

By Laura Smith-Spark BBC News

The row over pop star Madonna's intended adoption of 13-month-old David Banda from Malawi shows no sign of dying down.

Acres of column space have been devoted to discussion of the legality and the ethics of her decision to bring the boy to her London mansion.

Among critics' concerns was that the singer appeared to be following a recent trend among celebrities to look abroad for children, with Angelina Jolie adopting in Ethiopia last year.

But while the spotlight has fallen on orphans in Africa, in reality the continent is not often the first stop for Western adopters....

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