Saturday, February 03, 2007

The Jolie/Madonna Factor

When Stars Adopt
Could High Profile Adoptions Backfire?

At first, it seemed like the best possible PR for a worthy cause. Two of the most famous female performers in the world — first Angelina Jolie, then Madonna — chose to adopt children from third-world countries. When Jolie adopted her second child, Zahara, from Ethiopia, the number of adoptions from that country rose dramatically, from 441 in 2005 to 732 in 2006.

But then came the negative attention: Accusations that Madonna had used her star power to circumvent an African nation's adoption rules. The printing of supposedly critical comments about Madonna made by Jolie. And the sentencing of a Washington state woman for fraudulently arranging Cambodian adoptions — which would not have gained much attention, had Jolie not been one of her former clients.


Blogger owlhaven said...

The bottom line tome is that more Ethiopian children are getting homes. Hooray!!

Mary, mom to many, including 2 from Korea and 2 from Ethiopia

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