Angelina Jolie Adopting Ethiopian Girl

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ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- Angelina Jolie, who has been romantically linked with her "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" co-star Brad Pitt, is adopting an orphaned Ethiopian baby girl.

Jolie visited the Horn of Africa nation last week to file her adoption request, accompanied by Pitt and her 3-year-old son, Maddox, whom she adopted in Cambodia, an official said Wednesday.

"The paperwork has gone through. Miss Angelina's request was accepted last week," Hadosh Halefom, head of the country's state-run adoption agency, told The Associated Press.

The child "is less than a year old," Hadosh said, refusing to elaborate. The actress filed her request through a private adoption agency.

"If people's paperwork is in order, it can take only two days to finalize everything," Hadosh said.

In a posting on People magazine's Web site, Jolie is quoted as saying the child's name is Zahara Marley Jolie and that she and Maddox are "very happy to have a new addition to our family."

The twice-divorced Jolie has often talked of adopting a second child.

For months, rumors have been circulating about the extent of her off-screen relationship with Pitt. Photos published in the July 11 issue of People show Jolie standing near her Buckinghamshire, England, estate while Pitt rides a dirt bike with Maddox. Other photos show Pitt, Jolie and Maddox at Luton Airport outside London.

Pitt and his wife, Jennifer Aniston, announced their separation in January, and Aniston filed for divorce in March, citing irreconcilable differences. Pitt, 41, has denied Jolie, 30, is the reason for the split and Jolie has said she's never had sex with Pitt.

Hadosh said Jolie had met the 10 conditions for adopting a child from Ethiopia.

"The two most important are economic capabilities and check with the police," Hadosh said. "Although she is a film star, she still has to meet the same requirements as everybody else."

Ethiopia, a country of 70 million, has more than 5 million orphans, their parents lost to famine, disease, war and AIDS — a catastrophe the government has said is "tearing apart the social fabric" of the east African nation.

Caring for the orphans costs $115 million a month in a country whose annual health budget is only $140 million.

Because of that, Ethiopia has gone out of its way to make adoption easier.

In 2003, a record 1,400 children were adopted from abroad, more than double the number in the previous year. The number of private adoption agencies in Addis Ababa, the capital, has doubled in the past year to 30.

Ethiopia has strict laws to thwart dubious adoption agents and to ensure that the orphan really exists, that the paperwork is not fraudulent and that no AIDS-infected children are being passed off as healthy.

Agencies charge fees of around $20,000 per child, a relatively inexpensive fee compared to many other countries.

 
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Thats really terrific,im sure she make a wonderful home for her daughter,I have a lot of respect for her and all of her work.

 
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That's really fabulous. That is one lucky orphan! I really love seeing the stars being charitable and socially responsible.

 
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Originally Posted by Charmaine Well, good for Angelina! But I don't like the baby's name. LMAO! Post of the month award goes to Charmaine
 
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Originally Posted by Trisha Something about her really irks me for some reason. I know we should all think its great she adopts, i just hope the kids dont grow up alienated cos they look way different than each other and her especially.
Its like a couple that were on a UK doc.

Some eggs got mixed up in IVF and a white couple had a black baby, and they wouldnt let the baby go to its real parents. I just think it would grow up to be ridiculed x JMHO


I think the fact that they dont look like theri mother or each other isnt a bad thing.I am the only light skinned blond haired in my fam,and my brother is very dark skinned and my sister is olive skinned dark hair.It taught us that we are all differnt but we love each other the same.The people that riducule children who are a differnt nationalitiy than there parents,those people are ignororant.she could of easily gotten a child to be just as beautiful as her and same race but she choose to love with out seeing colors,i think thats wonderful!!!!!!


 
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Originally Posted by Trisha Its cool dude, i just wanted you to know im not racist/prejudiced (heck it'd be pretty hard for me to be racist, it would mean hating a half of myself). oh gosh no i wouldnt think that,i just think for the families that these situations work out thats great,but i totally understand what you mean.


 
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I agree w/you ~ how weird is that ???

Originally Posted by Charmaine Well, good for Angelina! But I don't like the baby's name.
 
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actually zaharah isnt as unlikely as you may think ,my nices name is zaharah,and theres a zariah.I know alot of hispanic people with names like that.
Now apple,and ze...whatever is that other name,those are wierd


 
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Originally Posted by Charmaine Oh wow I never knew that Zaharah was already out there...anyway, I guess I just don't like it cause it reminds me of the Sahara desert. i guess it is pretty much the same,z sounds like s.Maybe she was going for a desert theme,lol


 

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