Madonna is making it very clear that she still wants to adopt three-year-old Mercy James from Malawi, even though her initial application to take custody of the girl was rejected.

“I want to provide Mercy with a home, a loving family environment and the best education and health care possible,” Madonna said in an email to Malawian newspaper the Nation.

And in a statement to CNN, the singer said, “Though I have been advised that I cannot publicly discuss the pending appeal regarding my desire to adopt Mercy, I do want to say how much I appreciate the level of support that I have received from the people of Malawi and my friends around the world.”