An official and another person close to the case say that Madonna is to adopt a Malawian girl, offering more detail on the second child the star hopes to adopt from the impoverished African country.

The two spoke Friday on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the subject.

The girl, who is about 4, is the child of an unmarried teenage mother who died a month after she was born. Her father is alive.

The girl had been cared for by her uncle and grandmother but has more recently been staying at a children's center run by Madonna's charity Raising Malawi.

Madonna first saw her at the center two years ago.

The girl's relatives at first resisted the adoption but have now consented, people close to the case say.