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Birth Mom Still Wants Visitation of Twins She Abducted

Posted December 17, 2007
Updated December 19, 2007

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— A woman at the center of an international kidnapping case is still asking for supervised visitation of the twins she gave birth to and then put up for adoption.

In a complaint, filed by Raleigh attorney Michael S. Harrell in Wake County District Court on Nov. 20, Allison Quets claims the adoption in 2005 was contingent upon her "retaining a continuing and familiar role" in the lives of the children, Holly Ann and Tyler Lee, after the adoption was finalized.

She claims the adoptive parents, Kevin and Denise Needham, of Apex, breached the open adoption agreement and refused to provide visitation, access and communication rights as provided in the agreement.

The open adoption agreement provides for six visits per year with the children and telephone contact with them and requires that the adoptive parents provide at least 10 photos at a time of the children, as well as a summary of their health, well-being and progress.

Quets is asking for temporary and permanent visitation rights, access to information concerning the children and communication with them. She is also asking to have the adoption set aside if the court invalidates the open adoption agreement and refuses to enforce it against the Needhams.

Harrell was unavailable for comment Monday. A custody hearing is scheduled for Jan. 2.

Quets pleaded guilty in September to two counts of international parental kidnapping in the Dec. 22, 2006, abduction of the children, who were 17 month old at the time.

Authorities said she did not return the children home to their adoptive parents following a weekend visit. She was arrested nearly a week later in Ottawa, Ontario.

Prosecutors said Quets planned for months to take the children and obtained passports for them.

Quets has been fighting for custody since about a month after giving them up for adoption in Florida. She claims she signed adoption papers under duress and was ill after suffering medical problems during her pregnancy.

The Florida First District Court of Appeals upheld a lower court's ruling terminating Quets' parental rights in the case. North Carolina has jurisdiction under Interstate Compact because the adoptive family lives there.

Quets, meanwhile, is expected to be sentenced Tuesday in federal court on the kidnapping charges. Her criminal attorney, Jim Craven, of Durham, said he hopes she will receive credit for the eight months she served in jail.

Craven said he also hopes the case will prompt people to take another look at private adoption laws.

"It's a very sad case," Craven said. "There are no winners. It's just sad all the way around."


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  • Yelena Dec 18, 2007

    dataclerk, Those children have a mother. The woman who adopted them IS the only mother those children need. Just because this lunatic served as an incubator does not mean she is entitled in any way to the children she did not want and gave away.

  • cm258 Dec 17, 2007

    I think she breeched the contract when she kidnapped the children. Is she still in denial for what she had done?

  • Navy Vet Dec 17, 2007

    I fully understand and appreciate the full gravity of this situations. But sane and rational people do not TAKE CHILDREN away from those that are responsible for the children. If you want to be reunited with the children walk through the front door....dont steal them out the back. A MOTHER does what is BEST for the children..inspite of what is best for HER!

  • wyheel Dec 17, 2007

    You are some selfish people.

    It is only what is best for the children....
    and they don't know Quets from me.
    The only thing they will get from this is confused, pulled
    apart in the courts and traumatized.
    She made her decision, let the children grow up happy, without
    any baggage like this. When they are old enough, let THEM decide. In my "humble" opinion, this lady is a self absorbed narcissistic selfish person who is not really thinking of the children's best interests... She just wants to assuage her guilt. Too late for her. Shame shame shame.

  • imrickjamesbitch Dec 17, 2007

    So much to say, but not worth the print for reasons of redundency. Sadly, watch this one close, I bet she gets almost every request that she asks for.

  • dontlookback Dec 17, 2007

    Its obvious most of you people have never been on either side of this situation and therefore cannot possibly imagine what either side is dealing with. Furthermore, the press is going to put their own spin on it to heighten readership. It is a sensitive situation for ALL parties and thank God none of you alone will decide the outcome. Must be nice to live in a world where everything is so "cut and dry".

  • TheAdmiral Dec 17, 2007

    Dearest Psycho, you may visit your children all you want - behind bars.

    Thank you for proving beyond a reasonable doubt your insanity and instability.

  • Heatherbrook Dec 17, 2007

    Lets not forget Andrea Yates. Perhaps if the Needhams had not adopted the babies, they would be with the Yates, Smith and lots of other children.

  • Tax Man Dec 17, 2007

    tres1p - this woman legally gave up her children for adoption - she later violated a Court order and kidnapped children that she had no legal right to other than restricted visitation pending the Court action - perhaps she saw she was losing the case and the children would legally be gone forever and she would not even have visitation (as in most legal adoptions) - whatever set her off, she took the law into her own hands and violated many criminal statutes and endangered the children. She is a convicted felon - she is not fit to take care of the children she gave up. The children belong with their real, legal parents (the Needhams). In any legal matter it is wise to have competent legal counsel. Quets apparently thought she knew best and chose NOT to have her own attorney during the adoption. Poor choice, but not as bad as her choice to prove she has no respect for the law!

  • Tax Man Dec 17, 2007

    "Quets, meanwhile, is expected to be sentenced Tuesday in federal court on the kidnapping charges. Her criminal attorney, Jim Craven, of Durham, said he hopes she will receive credit for the eight months she served in jail."

    This woman needs to spend many years in prison for her kidnapping. She should NOT be given "time served"! I hope the judge throws the book at her and locks her up for a very long time. Plus, she needs substantial mental health while in prison. She poses a serious threat to the children she gave up for adoption and should never be allowed to see them until they are adults and only if they choose to see her.

    If she gets off with time served it will tell all the world that it is ok to violate court orders and to kidnap children - this is very, very wrong and this woman needs to be the example of how the system protects the kids and the kids true parents.