Adopted siblings reunite decades after being separated

A pair of siblings, one who grew up in New York City and the other on Long Island, finally united for the first time.

News 12 Staff

Apr 3, 2021, 9:26 PM

Updated 1,104 days ago

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A pair of siblings, one who grew up in New York City and the other in Central Islip, finally reunited for the first time.
Monica Shuss and her brother, John Tomanelli were adopted at birth to different families. Shuss, the eldest, grew up in the city while Tomanelli, who is seven years younger, grew up on the Island.
They knew they were adopted but didn't know they had a sibling. They both filled out a request with a state agency in Albany, and 27 years later, they got their answer and name.
The pair say they decided to meet in a restaurant and that the chemistry was instant.
They then moved in together during the pandemic and discovered they have the same birthday and got divorced in the same year.
Their birth mother never wanted to be identified and she died in November.
Shuss and Tomanelli say they now want to help other adopted children connect with family members.


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