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Quets Pushes for Court to Uphold Visitation Agreement

Posted December 28, 2007

— A birth mother who kidnapped twins from their adoptive family in Apex a year ago maintained in court papers filed Friday that she should have the right to see the children.

Allison Quets was sentenced last week to five years on probation after she pleaded guilty to international parental kidnapping in the case. She spent more than eight months in jail before agreeing to plead guilty in the case.

Quets took the twins, who were 17 months old at the time, on Dec. 22, 2006, from their adoptive parents, Kevin and Denise Needham, following an approved visit. Authorities apprehended her a week later in Ottawa, Ontario, and returned the twins to the Apex couple.

She has fought their adoption for more than two years, saying she was ill after suffering medical problems during her pregnancy and signed adoption papers under duress.

A Florida appellate court has upheld a lower court's ruling terminating Quets' parental rights in the case.

Quets filed a complaint in Wake County court last month, stating the adoption was contingent upon her "retaining a continuing and familiar role" in the lives of the children after the adoption was finalized.

The Needhams have asked that the case be dismissed, but Quets filed papers Friday reiterating her request that the original adoption agreement, which called for six visits and telephone contact with the children each year, be upheld – or that her consent to the adoption be voided.

"Quets is asking for (the) court to grant her visitation and communication rights with the minor children as previously agreed by the Needhams," the filing states.

A hearing on the case is scheduled for next Wednesday. The Needhams have asked that the court be closed to the public and that the case file be sealed.


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  • nghtstarz2 Dec 30, 2007

    If I am not mistaken, I read the Needhams are unable to comment on the case because of clauses in the agreement. Although they are bound to silence and unable to present their side of the case, Quets is taking advantage of all the media coverage and garnering the support of people around the world. The Needhams have provided a stable home for these children and the only instability in their lives is Allison Quets. The welfare of the children has only been in qestion while with Allison Quets. By her own admission, Allison's life was in turmoil which is not stability. Kidnapping is not the sign of a stable life or a stable person. To "dontlookback", just because you have been where she is, and you are okay, doesn't mean that she is unstable. I have seldom met a birth mother, and I have met quite a few, that did not feel, in hindsight, that things could have been different. Most decisions are made based on the circumstances at the time, not the potential for the future.

  • Mom on Call Dec 29, 2007

    seankelly...you are absolutely correct! Even in Florida the court that handled the appeal felt the saem way...they finalized the adoption and now it is over. I read on some website that Allison even had another couple there too. I think that was a Nancy Grace transcript... Bottom line, Allison knew what she was doing, she knows what she is doing now. She wants attention, needs attention. I hope the courtroom is sealed and that Allison leaves the Needham family alone to continue to heal from the traumatic kidnappings.

  • seankelly15 Dec 29, 2007

    To those that think that Quets was forced into giving her children up for adoption, please read some background on the case - not the background that Quets's attorney has provided, but the true background. In Nov of 2004, Quets wanted someone to adopt the male twin. Quets was interested in the Needhams because they met one of the two requirements - they would let her have visitation rights (the other requirement was that she be financially compensated). Quest gave birth in July of 2005. So, almost eight months prior to the birth Quests was planning for an adoption. Quests gave birth to the twins on July 6th of 2005. On August 15th of 2005 Quests signed the adoption papers. There is not a shred of evidence suggesting that she was rushed, deceived, defrauded or any other of the actions she claimed in attempting to reverse the adoption. She had a month and a half to think about whether she wanted to sign the adoption papers.

  • MizzZeta Dec 29, 2007

    She is not stable and certainly shouldn't be caring for helpless, innocent children.

  • daisy Dec 29, 2007

    These babies are victims of kidnapping. No victim should have to visit the perpetrator ever again, let alone six times a year. Once she chose to break the agreement (and law, any obligations the adoptive parents agreed to should be voided.

  • Jack Bauer Dec 28, 2007

    Dontlookback: Birth mothers are way over rated. I see useless women every day who really need to be sterilized. The only reason sterilizing them is a bad idea is because adopting parents need to be able to take advantage of someone.

  • A_Patriot Dec 28, 2007

    Go away.

  • Hawkeye 1954 Dec 28, 2007

    Granting Allison further visitation rights would put a chill on ANY adoptions. Who would want to take on the task of raising children "as your own", only to have an adoptive mother pop up later demanding rights. Giving up your children for adoption means giving up your kids. You can't have it both ways.

  • denverbob234 Dec 28, 2007

    the more I hear about this, the more I am positive she is a real "nut job"

  • Mom on Call Dec 28, 2007

    Ohhh..love the food color idea!

    Like I have said, I hope everything stays sealed. The twins deserve privacy to have a normal life. Plus, I have a feeling that whatever is sealed, may not look so great for Allison in the "public eye". Oh well, at least the kids have loving and caring parents who are not interested in all about being in the media spotlight. Even when Allison had kidnapped them and no one knew where the kids were or if they were safe...the Needhams did not grant any interviews. They only focused on what is truly important...thier kids.