Angelina Jolie denies reports of Haiti adoption
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Angelina Jolie has no plans to adopt a child from earthquake-hit Haiti, despite persistent reports in British newspapers that she is about to add another child to her brood of six, a spokesman for the actress said on Friday.
Adam Waldman, an advisor to Jolie in her philanthropic efforts, told U.S. news website The Daily Beast that the Oscar-winning actress was in Haiti working on a project to improve child welfare and safety.
Jolie has never even met the four-year-old Haitian orphan called Leah, who British and other newspapers claim she is in the process of adopting, Waldman told The Daily Beast.
"Earlier this week, the Daily Mirror U.K. and others reported that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are in the process of adopting a child from Haiti," Waldman said in a statement.
"There is no truth to these rumors.
"Rather, Ms. Jolie is focused on enhancing the welfare and legal protection of children within Haiti. As such, she has been meeting with government of Haiti officials, Haitian legal experts and non-governmental organizations regarding a new initiative of the Jolie-Pitt Foundation. The recently launched Jolie Legal Fellows Program will assist the justice system in Haiti to improve child protection," the statement added.
Jolie, 35, and partner Brad Pitt have six children, three of whom -- Maddox, Pax and Zahara -- were adopted from Cambodia, Vietnam and Ethiopia respectively.
The star of "Salt" and "The Tourist" was named a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador in 2001 and has made several trips to Haiti, as well as donating $1 million to relief efforts for the victims of the 2010 earthquake.
(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)
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