After Decades Of Wondering, LI Adoptee Given Chance To Obtain Birth Certificate

Sophia Hall
January 15, 2020 - 1:25 pm
Megan Kedenberg

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A Long Island woman is very excited about the new adoption law in New York State, which allows adopted children to learn the identities of their birth parents.

Megan Kedenberg told reporters Wednesday that for many decades, she wondered about her birth parents – what they looked like, if there was a history of illnesses, just anything about them.

After years of searching, she was able to use an ancestry website to find information about her father, who was a police officer and has unfortunately died. But, she never found anything about her mother.

That’s why she says she is so excited about a new law in New York that allows adopted children, now over the age of 18, to obtain their original birth certificate with the names of their birth parents.

“You want to know what your health characteristics are, you want to know where you got your eye color, your height, your weight, everything,” Kedenberg said.

The Long Islander was adopted when she was just 2-weeks-old and was told at a young age that she was adopted. Her brother, who was also adopted, says he is not as excited to learn his birth parent’s identity.

“If you didn’t know where you came from, you’d want to know,” Kedenberg said.

Her attorney Joseph Milizio says he believes there could be lawsuits in the future from birth parents who were promised anonymity.