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Adoption Controversy: Kilshaws Hold News Conference

Aired January 19, 2001 - 11:48 a.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

MILES O'BRIEN, CNN ANCHOR: Some news is breaking in England. Let's take it over to the town of Mold, Wales. Last hour, you may recall, we spoke with the American family claiming they would like to do have custody of those six-month-old twins. This is the British couple -- Sort of the other side of the story -- giving a news conference. Let's listen in.

(JOINED IN PROGRESS)

ALAN KILSHAW: Bearing in mind the fact that we know Mrs. Ellen does have a criminal record.

QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE)

JUDITH KILSHAW: What process, you are talking about?

A. KILSHAW: An the adoption?

J. KILSHAW: No, I don't regret that. But I do regret coming to England. And I wish I had stayed in America, or I wish I had gone in another country. And if I could have foreseen all of this, I wouldn't have come back, quite frankly.

A. KILSHAW: I think also we regret the involvement of Tina Johnson, that is a regret. But even if Tina Johnson had not been involved, it would not alter the fact that the adoption would have still been dealt with in the same way, under American law, under the American system, and we don't have a problem with that. We just have a problem with Tina Johnson.

J. KILSHAW: Quite a few people do.

QUESTION: Anyone involved with the chance of getting the children back? Have you got the fight left?

J. KILSHAW: No, we have a fight left, and we will carry on. And we will try our very best to get the girls back, but we can't do the impossible, and you've got to be realistic. And if that is the case, I suppose we will have to let go, like the Allen (ph) let go. But I will not be building a shrine.

A. KILSHAW: Any more questions?

J. KILSHAW: Any more? OK. O'BRIEN: Well, we caught the tail end of a fairly lengthy news conference given by Judy and Alan Kilshaw of North Wales, England. The news conference originating in Mold, Wales. They are the British couple that claims the custody of those 6-month-old girls born in Missouri, and it is a tangled tale indeed. But essentially what happened was, the birth mother offered them up to adoption through a California agency. It went initially to a California couple who offered to pay $6,000 for the exchange.

And eventually, the mother took the children back, the twins back, and offered them up to this British couple. Now they're in the hands of British authorities, who intend to return them to the United States, citing the fact that the adoption with the monetary link to the adoption might, in fact, be a violation of British law.

The couple indicating they're going to press on with their attempts to regain custody of those twins, indicating that they have hired attorneys, and that this will end up in the British courts. Undoubtedly it will end up in courts elsewhere as well. It is an unfolding story, a tangled tale, as we told you, and one which has all kinds of implications for adoption law here in the U.S. as well as in Great Britain. So stay tuned and we will keep you posted on all of that.

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