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Judge: Quets Can't Visit Twins

Posted January 24, 2008

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— A judge has dismissed the legal effort of a birth mother to visit the twins she kidnapped from their adoptive family in Apex a year ago.

Allison Quets was sentenced last month 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.

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. So Quets pursued the case in Wake County, stating the adoption was contingent upon her "retaining a continuing and familiar role" in the lives of the children after the adoption was finalized.

But District Judge Anne Salisbury dismissed her claims this week, saying she couldn't seek visitation because her parental rights had been terminated.

"Once (Quets') parental rights were terminated, she no longer has standing to bring an action for custody, of which visitation is a component," Salisbury wrote.

Attorney Mike Harrell said Quets was disappointed by the decision. She hasn't decided whether to appeal, he said, adding she could pursue the case in Florida.

"This is not the first setback shes had with respect to issues concerning the adoption of these children," Harrell said.

Friends of the Needhams said they were pleased with the judge's ruling. But they aren't convinced this is the end of the case.

"I don't know that it's over because Allison continues to file lawsuits," Kat Moncol said. "When does the legal community see this as how many times do you say no?"


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  • sissy843 Jan 28, 2008

    Michael Shorstein's website says he does three adoptions a week. At $10-40K each, that's a lot of money for a nonprofit business. And that's a lot of money to pay the social workers and others to be "on his side."

  • sissy843 Jan 28, 2008

    x, can I ask where you have evidence of this statement?

    "The children could not really know her and the adoptive parents are obviously giving them all the love, nurturing, and attention needed,"

    I've actually read the opposite from other aparents in contested adoptions. They actually state on their blogs that they hold back emotionally out of fear that the children will not stay with them. I know I would feel a whole lot better if I believed the children were okay where they are.

  • sissy843 Jan 28, 2008

    Curious, how many people here are on the Needhams side because of the donor conception?

    Personally, I wouldn't choose it myself. But I do not see how that makes Allison a "rentawomb" of any sort. She spent years trying to conceive with treatment, which about 25% of the population wishing to parent does. She carried her own children, unlike some who are unwilling to do so.

  • sissy843 Jan 28, 2008

    SentraMom, I noticed you were new to this discussion (joining the boards 1/25/08)and maybe to adoption issues, so I wanted to answer some questions for you.

    You asked about the social worker. A social worker's involvement is a legal and ethical requirement for adoption. It is a social workers job to be sure all parenting options are offered to an expectant mother, to be sure the expectant mother is healthy and not dealing with postpartum health issues, and the like. The sw's role is to be sure that all parties in the adoption understand one another. Generally, an idependent social worker and independent lawyer are assigned to both expectant mom and prospective adoptive parents. In this case, that didn't happen. Shorstein hired in his friend, who of course he paid, and she didn't do her job, imo. Clearly, Quets was sick and that should have been noted by a mental health professional. Those children should have been placed in temporary foster care while Quets recovered.

  • coolmusicmom Jan 25, 2008

    To the Needhams,
    I so glad that that the judge ruled in your favor. My prayers go out to you that God will provide a hedge of protection around your family...againt this woman, the media, and all the posters who give their opinions without knowing the entire story.

  • sec Jan 25, 2008

    This lady can NOT be serious!! The last time she was alone with the kids, she kidnapped them and took them to another country!! Now she expects to be trusted with them again!?!
    She clearly is not interested at all in what's best for the kids- she appears to only be interested in herself.

  • stupiditydeservesnosympathy Jan 25, 2008

    "The social worker told me over and over that this was the best decision - to sign the consent - and that once I signed, I would feel better and could go home and get my health back. She didn't give me any other solutions for temporary help. " (That is from Ms. Quets' website.)

    Why was a social worker involved? Sounds like MS. Quets is whining for sympathy.

    QUETS had become impregnated at age 47 as a result of an
    in vitro fertilization procedure using donated egg and sperm.
    During the pregnancy, QUETS sought to have the children adopted,
    and succeeded in identifying a willing couple residing in North
    Carolina.-- From the letgal files

    The reality is that the babies are not her biologically. She went from becoming a mother to a rent-a-womb when she decided to give up the kids. I truly hope this nutty woman will leave these kids with their parents and move on.

  • x Jan 25, 2008

    Quets needs to QUIT. Imagine the stress she is putting on the parents of the children, constantly dealing with this woman who made some bad decisions. The children could not really know her and the adoptive parents are obviously giving them all the love, nurturing, and attention needed, so Quets' only real interest is a selfish one. Her attorney should weigh in and also give her the real advice she needs which is to move on with her life. Maybe she will read the postings on this story and realize that 99% of us seem to be saying the same thing ... give it up Ms Quets!

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  • parr4246 Jan 24, 2008

    I'm with the judge................!!! She gave them up so therefore she should have no visitation rights, THE TWINS ARE NO LONGER HERS...............!!!!