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Adoption case goes to state Court of Appeals

Posted March 26, 2009
Updated April 2, 2009

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— An adoption at the center of an international kidnapping case more than two years ago was back in court Thursday.

The North Carolina Court of Appeals heard arguments in the case of Allison Quets, the Florida birth mother who pleaded guilty in 2007 to kidnapping the infant twins she gave up for adoption shortly after their birth.

Allison Quets Birth mom wants visitation with twins

On Dec. 22, 2006, Quets took the children, who were 17 months old at the time, from their adoptive parents in Apex, Kevin and Denise Needham, following an approved visit.

Authorities apprehended Quets a week later in Ottawa, Ontario, and returned the twins to the Needhams.

Quets has fought the adoption for more than three years, saying she was ill after suffering medical problems during her pregnancy and that she signed adoption papers under duress.

Quets was artificially inseminated, so she is the twins’ birth mother, but not the biological mother.

After Florida trial and appellate courts terminated Quets' parental rights in the case, she pursued the case in Wake County.

She filed suit last in 2007 to regain visitation rights, stating the adoption was contingent upon her "retaining a continuing and familiar role" in the lives of the children after the adoption was finalized.

A Wake County District Court judge dismissed her claims, however, saying she couldn't seek visitation because her parental rights had been terminated. Quets was also ordered to pay the Needhams' legal fees.

Quets is appealing the ruling and the case's dismissal. An appeals court ruling generally takes about three months.

"Our position is: Let's have a hearing. Let's put on all the evidence, and let's determine what's in the best interest of these children," Quets' attorney, Michael Harrell, said.

Quets, who now lives in Orlando, Fla., and works as a computer consultant, said Thursday she misses the children and has a room set up for them at her home.

"Children deserve to see their mother. Children deserve to be with their mother," Quets said. "You just get down to the basics. It's not very complicated."

The Needhams had no comment, but Kat Moncol, a longtime friend, said she believes Quets should stop her fight.

"She's doing this for herself. She's not doing this for the best interest of the children," Moncol said. "The best interest of the children would be for her to behave."

The Needhams' attorney, Deborah Sandlin, said any agreement her clients had with Quets regarding the adoption ended when she kidnapped the twins.

"This is a contract issue, not a custody issue," Sandlin said.

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  • lodwolf Mar 27, 12:36 p.m.

    drapeau, I haven't found the old references yet, but I did find a reference off of one of Allison's sites (a friend and advocate of hers so I can't vouch for the accuracy or validity of it) stating that she had "5 civil suits going against against Michael Shorstein’s office, the Needhams, the social worker, Mrs. Needham’s mother, and the adoption agency the social worker represented".

    http://allisonquetsfund.blogspot.com/2006_12_01_archive.html

    Not sure why she would sue the Needham's mother. Seems rather odd, but I guess not too surprising.

  • RUsleeping Mar 27, 12:33 p.m.

    drapeau I never said I had the records... I got information from the cluster of a website Allison has up, Allison's circus on Dr. Phil, the news media and
    www.needhamfriends.com

    lodwolf....this is Allison...stop arguing with her...you are just feeding the crazy!

  • drapeau Mar 27, 11:52 a.m.

    RUSleeping: How did you get the FL records? Those are sealed. You say that Quets's lies were documents there, how do you know? Please link me to these documents.

    How does closing the record help protect the children? As an outside observation, it seems closed records protect the adults.

  • drapeau Mar 27, 11:50 a.m.

    lodwolf: one other question. Why do you think the FL trial judge would reference the OAA if it wasn't enforceable? Wouldn't that inclusion in the final judgment make it enforceable?

  • RUsleeping Mar 27, 11:37 a.m.

    well drapeau, I am sure you can understand that the Needhams want to protect the children. THEY have the kids best interest at heart...unlike Allison!

  • drapeau Mar 27, 11:09 a.m.

    Lodwolf: Isn't the civil trial where the original fraud was overlooked?

    Which attornies has she sued? Link me?

  • drapeau Mar 27, 11:04 a.m.

    RUSleeping: I agree it would be fabulous to see all the records opened. As a researcher, I'd like access to additional discourse on the case and similar ones. But my understanding is the Needhams and their attornies keep filing to close whatever they can. Much is closed in FL. NC has many open documents.

    I have these links if you want to read things:
    http://www.aoc.state.nc.us/www/public/coa/summary/080857-1.htm

  • lodwolf Mar 27, 10:59 a.m.

    I know it isn't law, just a contract issue, but Allison sued them down in Florida (where the adoption took place) in civil court and lost. Of course Allison pretty much blew her end of the contract when she kidnapped the twins. As for what the attorneys told her, I seem to recall that she sued them as well.

  • RUsleeping Mar 27, 10:57 a.m.

    drapeau..what is strange is Allison and her fantasy that she would be able to see those children again. HMMMMM, the last visit she had with them (remember she was able to see them and have visits) she kidnapped them!

  • drapeau Mar 27, 10:52 a.m.

    RUSleeping: I'm not Allison. Why would you think so? Strange.

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