Sisters separated in foster care meet for the first time on Fort Myers Beach
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Imagine growing up in your hometown with a sibling living just miles away, but never know it.
That was exactly the case for sisters Alicia Henry and Alexis Fisher, who recently met in person for the first time.
"As soon as we seen each other, we were like, we were two sisters whose known each other forever," said Henry.
As the sun shined down and waves rolled in, their epic first encounter played out on Fort Myers Beach on Friday.
She and Henry never met after being separated in the foster care system, despite growing up just miles apart in Fort Myers.
"This is just something completely different because you always had that thought in your head, I always knew she existed because I am the older sister. We never grew up together, but I always knew she was out there and I've always thought she was somewhere far, like in a different state. But, when I figured out she was here, it was just like, 'Wow,'" Henry explained.
Henry moved to Iowa as a teenager, which is where she was living when she and Fisher first came into contact.
But the distance was only one obstacle. They had to figure out how to find each other first.
Fisher had changed her name from Kia Abigail Henry as a child, making looking each other up all the more difficult. If anyone was going to make the first move, it had to be Fisher.
Last October, she took to Facebook to try and find family, only to learn they were trying to find her, too.
"I wanted to get in contact with my mom to find out she was my mom, I was really excited," Fisher described. "I found her and I messaged her. I said, 'This is your daughter.'"
As thrilled as she was to have found her mom, she knew there were siblings out there for her to track down as well. That's when she was introduced to Henry, who had known their mother already.
"So, my mom, I know her, and we kind of used to talk to each other. So, she one day messaged me on Facebook and said, 'Oh my gosh, I found your sister, Kia, I can't believe this,' because she had been looking for her for years," said Henry.
Once finally united, Fisher and Henry set out to make up for lost time.
"We got our makeup done, we went shopping together. We just, everything you want to do with a sister that's your age that you can do, we've done," Henry said.
Now, it's like they were never apart, and their first meeting will hardly be their last.
"Once she packs up and goes back to Iowa, we're still gonna talk to each other. I mean, now that we've met each other, I plan on taking trips up there, she plans on coming back down here. We're gonna definitely stay in contact, definitely," Fisher said.
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