Madonna won't know until next week whether a Malawian boy she found in an orphanage in 2006 will become a permanent member of her family, her lawyer said Thursday in Lilongwe, Malawi.

Lawyer Alan Chinula had expected the judge to rule on the adoption Thursday but said the hearing was delayed after a Malawian human rights group presented arguments on "shortcomings" in the southern African nation's adoption laws.

Chinula said the group was not challenging the adoption and he expected it to be approved next week.