US TO APPROVE
Copyright 2002 Business Wire
[ March 13th 2002 ]
Embassy hasn't approved Angelina Jolie and Billy
Bob Thornton's adoption of a Cambodian baby, which
means the Hollywood couple can't take the infant
to the United States immediately. Jolie took custody
of the 7 1/2-month-old boy in Africa, where she's
shooting her next film. Her husband, Thornton,
is in the United States. It's unclear who brought
the baby to Jolie.
Ambassador Kent Wiedemann told The Associated
Press on Wednesday that the baby, named Maddox,
is traveling on a Cambodian passport and does
not have a U.S. visa, "and thereby would not be
permitted into the U.S." The U.S. government banned
adoption of Cambodian babies by Americans in December
following reports that illegal networks were buying
infants from destitute mothers and selling them
to orphanages for adoption. But applications made
before December are still being processed on a
case-by-case basis to make sure the children are
genuine orphans, Wiedemann said.
case is among the "hundreds of others in the pipeline,
so to say, and we haven't gotten to the point
of adjudicating it," he said, adding that it would
take anywhere between a "couple of weeks to a
couple of months."
statement released Tuesday, Jolie, 26, and Thornton,
46, said they met the child while visiting a Cambodian
orphanage last November. He officially became
their son Monday after approval by Cambodian authorities.
"I'm certain Thornton and Jolie both know that...
they must complete the proper procedures in accordance
with U.S. law before bringing the child into the
U.S.," Wiedemann said. He said the actors "are
not getting special treatment. It wouldn't be
fair to the other families who've applied to adopt
preliminary work has been done on Maddox's case,
Wiedemann said, and there's no reason to believe
that he was "a trafficked child." He said the
couple would need to return to the U.S. Embassy
in Cambodia with the boy to complete the adoption
under U.S. laws.
who won a supporting-actress Oscar in 2000 for
her role in "Girl, Interrupted," was in Cambodia
last year filming the action movie "Lara Croft:
Tomb Raider." The couple said they'll raise the
baby in Cambodia and the United States, and also
will give him a Cambodian name.