WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WIVB) — Two sisters separated at a young ago are now being reunited 30 years later.
Buffalo native, Jennifer McDonald was torn a part from her older sister, Skye, at 8-years-old.
“She was basically like my mother figure, she was very protective, we did everything together, she made sure I went to church, she made sure I ate,” said Jennifer.
Jennifer says her mother lost custody of the two girls when they were little and ended up living with their aunt and uncle until things got too hard. Skye stayed with the family while Jennifer was put up for adoption.
“I came home from school one day and she was gone, and there was a note for me, I was devastated, that was my little sister, no matter what we were always together,” said Skye Graham, sister.
Skye stayed with her aunt and uncle until she was 16-years-old, eventually moving on with her life. Meanwhile, Jennifer moved into two different foster homes until she was adopted. The two saw each other a few times in foster care before authorities stopped the visits.
“I tried for years and years to find her and I wasn’t able to. I assumed she’d have the same first name she was born with, but she didn’t,” said Skye.
Jennifer also spent decades searching for Skye until one day, after some digging, she found her on Facebook, 30 years later.
“I still have moments where I can’t believe it, that after searching for most of my life, it seems like, you know, I’ve finally been able to find her,” said Skye.
Although the two sisters haven’t reunited in person yet, they say it’s like time stood still.
“I’m excited, I’m nervous, but it’s like time still sits still, it’s like nothing has changed,” said Jennifer
“Part of me is terrified, but I mean I’m excited, I can’t wait,” said Skye.
Jennifer will be flying out to Florida this January to finally see her sister Skye again.