Dr. Phil taping of Allison Quets, Coming Soon!
May 9, 2007
From Her Friends and Allies
Joyce Bahr, How Educated is Allison Quets? Women kept in the Dark.
Roberta Hilton's Point of View
Lisa Hassan's Point of View
Marianna's Point of View
Current statements from Allison's Petition
Learn more about Allison here. Facts About Allison Quets
Allison Quets is a mother, who has been fighting a legal battle for over a year. It is over her twins, Holly and Tyler Quets.
She had been ill throughout her pregnancy and afterwards with a life threatening illness, and was concerned that she would not be able to care for them. So, she considered adoption. However, in the state of Florida, when a person considers adoption, and makes the phone call to the agency or lawyer, the agencies and lawyers will stop at nothing to get the baby. In Allison's case, they tried twice as hard, because she had twins.
After intense coercive tactics used by the lawyer, Allison Quets had signed only some of the legal papers. However, hours after signing the papers, she realized that it wasn't what she wanted to do, and revoked her consent for the adoption, and had a written revocation for the adoption within 2 days. However, because of the unethical and corrupt adoption practices in the state of Florida, she has in the end spent her life savings battling the court case, and filing briefs, appeals, and done everything legal up to this point.
Out of desperation, and fearing that she would never see her children again, she picked them up for her visit, and went to Canada. She has since been welcomed by the people of Canada. She is hoping that there will be a full investigation of the case and that justice will be served by returning her children to her.
When adoption was given as a choice, it doesn't seem that the person making the choice should have to spend their entire life savings on choosing otherwise.
Allisonís Case Brings Attention to Adoption Corruption
Allison Quets has gained international attention, after having a visit with her twins, taking them to Canada, and being arrested for kidnapping.
Now the adoption industry is being looked at with a microscope, suggesting that its practices are unethical in cases like Allison's. According to the Ottawa Sun,
Today, the courts will listen to her case regarding the charges brought against her. It is a very complex case.
She revoked her consent for adoption within hours after signing. Through her whole pregnancy, she had been very ill with a severe case of Hyperemesis Gravidarum.
One concern not yet discussed, are the open adoption laws of Florida, and how they affected her adoption, which had begun in Florida, but yet her twins had been residing in NC.
In the newest PR of Open Adoptions, mothers are told that they have the abillity to be a part of their child’s life. They can receive pictures, updates, emails, phone calls and visitation. In this way, it would almost seem like a co-parenting setup, whereas everyone is respected, and has some control over the agreements.
However, this is far from the case. According to Exiled Mothers,
It was only because the adoption had not yet been finalized that Allison Quets had unsupervised visits. If she had not kept the court hearings going, she would have lost her parental rights, and possibly never seen her children again.
The Needhams had already broken the visitation agreement. According to Across Canada,
It was only because she still has her parental rights, that she was able to get the court order and force visitations. Once her rights are terminated, it is up to the potential adoptive parents, who already have shown they are not going to respect the contract.
Another problem with open adoptions, is that they are not legally enforceable. Most women who did not have the resources Allison did ($400,000 to fight the case) are typically unable to find or pay for a lawyer to enforce visitations, pictures, updates and other contact. Therefore, about 85% of adoptions close, most of them closed by adoptive parents.
Currently, there are many people interested in the case. According to Adoption Crossroads, a site run by Joe Soll, who is a Psychologist and was adopted,
Many people, adopted persons, adoptive parents, and natural mothers and fathers are watching this case closely. Many, including adoptive parents, have sided with Allison, saying that she wants to be a parent, and should have the opportunity to do so. Many people believe that this shows the corruption of current adoption laws, and do not want unethical adoptions to happen. Adoptive parents have responded by saying, “What would you say to the child? Your mother wanted you, fought for you, but we thought we should have you?” Hundreds of people have signed a Petition calling for an investigation and asking for her twins to be returned to her.
To contact the people who run this website, please email: CoalitionForAllison