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Net twins must be returned to US

The British couple who sparked controversy over Internet adoption practises have lost their transatlantic custody battle for the nine month old baby girls they adopted using an online adoption broker.

The British couple who sparked controversy over Internet adoption practises, following their adoption of twin girls using an online US adoption broker, have lost their transatlantic custody battle for the nine month old baby girls. A High Court judge in Britain ruled that the twins should be returned to their native home in Missouri where their estranged biological parents are seeking custody.

The twins were brought to Britain three months ago by Julie and Alan Kilshaw, who paid double the fee of a Californian couple who also wanted to adopt them. The twins were taken into custody just a few weeks after arriving in the UK, and have remained there ever since.

Judge Andrew Kirkwood, said that the twin girls will be placed in foster care in Missouri until further rulings have been made on their future. Kirkwood added that plans to transfer the twins back to the US would be confidential to avoid any further distress.

Court proceedings became quite heated and Julie Kilshaw scuffled and argued with court officials, telling reporters: “There is no justice — they said I lied.”

The Kilshaw’s attorney said they were considering whether to appeal against the verdict.

The case has caused international debates about adoption standards in Britain and the role of the Internet in adoptions.

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