Tags: Adoption, Eleanor Sueppel, Ethan Sueppel, Holt Children's Services, International Adoption, Mira Sueppel, Murder-Suicide, Seth Sueppel, Sheryl Sueppel, Steve Sueppel, Steven Sueppel
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The adoptions of the four children were arranged by Holt Children’s Services. An official with Holt said the four children were born to different unmarried mothers.
According to Holt, Ethan, Seth and Eleanor were abandoned by their mothers as soon as they were born. Carrying their one-week-old children, the three unwed mothers visited Holt and asked that their babies be adopted overseas.
Mira was three months old when her birth mother visited Holt. “That means Mira’s birth mother must have agonized for three months about whether she should raise Mira alone or abandon her for adoption,” the Holt official said.
The children were adopted by the Sueppels in different years — Ethan in 1998, Seth in 1999, Mira in 2002, and Eleanor in 2005. …
See also KCRG story by Mark Geary, Remembering The Four Sueppel Children; Gazette obituary, Sueppel, Sheryl (Kesterson), Steve, Ethan, Seth, Mira and Eleanor; or complete Gazette coverage here.
An interesting adoption-related post with valuable links and quotes here: ‘Forever Family’ six feet under.
The couple had adopted four children from South Korea; Ethan, 10, Seth, 7, Mira, 5, and Eleanor, 3 via Holt international (”…dedicated to carrying out God’s plan for every child to have a permanent, loving family”) which says it will only pass along the information to the children’s original mothers if they ask (see S Korean adoption agency saw no problem with American parents “our agency doesn’t reach out first. Only if they contact us, we will inform them what happened,” Hong said, adding that no phone calls were received so far.”) …
4/1 UPDATE: Gazette article, Deaths of Sueppel children add to adoption debate in Korea
Also, check out Gazette blogger Alicia Ebaugh’s post, A Korean view of the Sueppel murders.