Kimberly Elizabeth McCabe had no time to be nervous.

She cleaned everything twice. She had the sofa in her Belmont Shore home professionally cleaned. She rearranged the decor to create more space for her family – and a guest.

Then came a knock, and with it, McCabe’s nerves.

This was no ordinary visitor. It was her half-sister.

A half-sister McCabe had only learned of, through DNA testing, about 3 1/2 years ago and, until this moment in early August, had never met in person.

McCabe’s meeting with her sister, Toronto resident Sarah Yee, was the cathartic and, in some ways, symbolic end to her lifelong search to connect with the family she had never known.

It was a fraught journey, one that forked this way and that from the moment McCabe was born to a teenaged, Indigenous Canadian mother and an unwitting, also teenaged, father who would go on to start a new family and sire Yee. DNA testing helped McCabe conclude her journey – but the past government policies of Canada are what necessitated it.

Her upbringing with an adoptive family, which McCabe described as an emotionally challenging time for her, was the product of Canada’s past practice of rending Indigenous children from their parents and placing them in White, Christian households, an exercise in forced assimilation for which the government and Pope Francis have recently apologized.

She had wanted to find her birth mother, McCabe said, for “as long as I can remember.”

But the 47-year-old Long Beach resident only recently received closure.

That closure came when Yee knocked on the door – and McCabe opened it.

   

Kimberly McCabe, left, hugs her sister, Sarah Yee, on Aug. 11, the day Yee and her family returned to Toronto. (Photo by Jo Murray, Contributing Photographer)

Sarah Yee, who lives outside Toronto, Canada, sits in her half sister Kimberly McCabe’s home in Long Beach on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022. (Photo by Howard Freshman, Contributing Photographer)

Kimberly McCabe sifts through brith records in her Long Beach home on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022. (Photo by Howard Freshman, Contributing Photographer)

The McCabe and Yee families at Legoland in August. From left to right, Matt Yee (Sarah’s husband), Sarah Yee and their daughter and son; and Kimberly McCabe holding her son, Jad. (Photo courtesy of Kimberly McCabe)

Kimberly McCabe, left, and her half sister Sarah Yee, look at a birth document on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, in …read more

Source:: The Mercury News

      

California woman, taken from her Indigenous mom in 1975, meets Canadian sister

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *