04/24/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Madonna's Flings May Foil Adoption Plans

Malawi's adoption officials say Madge's sizzling fling with 22-year-old Brazilian hunk Jesus Luz - and her rumored hookup with Yankee slugger Alex Rodriguez - may doom her desire to adopt 3-year-old Mercy James.

"Our official policy is that we do not encourage our children to be sent into broken homes," said a senior official from Malawi's Ministry of Women and Child Welfare Development, noting her split from hubby Guy Ritchie.

"[Madonna's] relationships may negatively affect the adoption of Mercy," the official said.

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