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March 8, 2001 | From Associated Press
The California couple who fought a British couple for the right to adopt 8-month-old twin girls bowed out of the fight Wednesday to concentrate on regaining custody of a 2-year-old boy. Richard and Vickie Allen of Highland, Calif., lost custody of the boy, whom they are trying to adopt, after Richard Allen was accused last week of molesting two family baby-sitters. Allen, 49, pleaded not guilty.
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March 8, 2001 | From Associated Press
The California couple who fought a British couple for the right to adopt 8-month-old twin girls bowed out of the fight Wednesday to concentrate on regaining custody of a 2-year-old boy. Richard and Vickie Allen of Highland, Calif., lost custody of the boy, whom they are trying to adopt, after Richard Allen was accused last week of molesting two family baby-sitters. Allen, 49, pleaded not guilty.
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February 3, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The British couple involved in a trans-Atlantic fight over twin girls adopted via the Internet have been served with papers in Chicago ordering them to appear in U.S. court, their rivals' attorney said. A lawyer for Richard and Vickie Allen of California served the court papers to Alan and Judith Kilshaw of Wales after their Thursday appearance on a TV talk show. The Allens said they had paid $6,000 to adopt the infants, now 6 months old, whose birth mother later handed them to the Kilshaws.
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April 20, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Twin baby girls at the center of a transatlantic Internet adoption scandal have been returned to their native Missouri, British officials said. The 9-month-old sisters were sold for adoption twice over the Internet by their biological mother--first to an American couple, Richard and Vickie Allen of Highland in San Bernardino County, and then to Welsh couple Alan and Judith Kilshaw, who took them to Britain in January.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 2001
Deciding to have a child is an important decision between two people; adopting adds several more adults to the process. Foundations of trust often have to be built with the birth mother and sometimes the father, not to mention social workers, adoption agencies, lawyers or facilitators. Patience and professional help can make all the difference. It can be a mistake to assume that going through a lawyer or an agency is inherently more expensive.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
As if the tug-of-war between a San Bernardino couple and a British couple over twin infant girls were not complex enough, now a St. Louis judge has given temporary custody of the twice-adopted girls to their biological father. Because the girls remain in a foster home in Wales, by order of British courts, the ruling Tuesday by Associate Circuit Judge Jack Garvey appears to set up a confrontation between the British and American legal systems. In the St.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 2001 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Several legislators hope to close gaps in state adoption laws that have been highlighted by the international custody battle involving a San Bernardino couple. One measure would eliminate a 90-day period during which a biological mother can--under certain circumstances--change her mind about giving up a child for adoption. The bill, sponsored by state Sen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 2001 | ERIN TEXEIRA and MARJORIE MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Twin infant girls adopted by a San Bernardino couple were taken two months later by their birth mother and given to a British couple who apparently were willing to pay a higher price for the children, authorities said. The couple from Wales, insisting they were the rightful parents, returned home with the 6-month-old babies and have repeatedly refused to return the children.
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April 22, 2001 | KATHY M. KRISTOF
The Internet twins--a widely publicized case in which a set of twins was promised to two couples who each paid substantial adoption fees--brought public attention to a little-discussed topic: the cost of failed adoptions. Richard and Vickie Allen of San Bernardino and Alan and Judith Kilshaw of Wales are perhaps the best-known would-be adoptive parents, but 5% to 50% of attempted adoptions are never completed, experts say.
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January 19, 2001 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An El Cajon woman who arranged the adoption of twin girls caught up in an international custody battle runs an Internet service that is part of an unlicensed and unregulated--but legal--industry that some find troubling. Like other for-profit adoption brokers, or "facilitators," Tina Johnson and her Caring Heart Adoption service operate within a gap in the state's otherwise strict laws regulating adoption agencies, most of which are run by nonprofit groups, officials said.
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March 11, 2001 | BETTINA BOXALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Four sets of parents, two sets of names, screaming headlines in the British tabloids and on "Geraldo." Life has been eventful for twins Kiara and Keyara--and they're not even a year old. Where, and with whom, the infant girls will wind up has occupied several judges and even more talk-show hosts. The field of parental claimants thinned a bit last week when a California couple withdrew, but the transatlantic battle over the babies continues.
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