Jen Lilley custody fight Days of our Lives

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Former Days of our Lives actress sheds tears as foster mom.

Though Days of our Lives’ Jen Lilley (Theresa) was cleared to adopt her foster son last year, as Soaps.com reported, she has also been fostering her adoptive son’s biological younger brother, who the family also hopes to adopt. Now, the boy’s aunt, as the actress explains, has decided to fight for custody. Lilley, who previously opened up about her devastating miscarriage, again took to Instagram to share thoughts from the heart with her followers. She posted a photo with her foster son and stated:

“I cried tears of love the moment I met this little one. Having my son’s younger brother in our house has been one of the most beautiful blessings of my life. Seeing the boys interact, growing as a family, and celebrating all of this little one’s milestones to date is more than I could ever ask for or imagine. We had an update in his case today. A random great aunt he’s met once for less than an hour, and only after he was already 12 months old and deeply bonded with us and more importantly, his biological brother, is fighting for custody. I’m not going to lie y’all, #fostercare is hard. It’s emotional, it’s unpredictable, but my goodness it’s still worth it. I am so grateful to know he has extended family who is also concerned about him, but I cannot fathom what it would do to both of these boys if they were separated. A sibling relationship is one of the strongest bonds on earth. And these two tots are inseparable. Driving to the meeting today, trying not to cry (totally cried twice), I had a lot of time to pray. Here’s what I know: no matter how much I love this little boy and I want the very best for him and will do my best every day he’s in my care to assure that he is loved, nurtured, and thriving, God loves him more, and created him for a life full of hope and goodness (Jer 29:11). God goes before him, watches over him, and while I think Jason, my dad, and my father in law are just about the greatest dads on earth, I have peace knowing that God is the best Dad there ever was, is, or will be. And He’s also my Heavenly Father. My concerns are not lost on Him, and He can take care of this little one, my son, my heart and Jason’s, and our entire family and friends who’ve fallen head over heels for this munchkin. Please pray God’s will for this little one. We’re thrilled that as of now, he’s staying with us and his big brother who love him beyond words. But #PSA: If you’re like so many people I talk to who say they would foster but just can’t because they’d get too attached, can I lovingly say that THAT makes you the PERFECT #fosterparent! These kids desperately need your love and attachment more than you need your heart protected. Trust me. It’s worth it.”

Lilley is pregnant with her first child, a girl, and is due in August. Soaps.com wishes her and her family all the best.

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I cried tears of love the moment I met this little one. Having my son’s younger brother in our house has been one of the most beautiful blessings of my life. Seeing the boys interact, growing as a family, and celebrating all of this little one’s milestones to date is more than I could ever ask for or imagine. We had an update in his case today. A random great aunt he’s met once for less than an hour, and only after he was already 12 months old and deeply bonded with us and more importantly, his biological brother, is fighting for custody. I’m not going to lie y’all, #fostercare is hard. It’s emotional, it’s unpredictable, but my goodness it’s still worth it. I am so grateful to know he has extended family who is also concerned about him, but I cannot fathom what it would do to both of these boys if they were separated. A sibling relationship is one of the strongest bonds on earth. And these two tots are inseparable. Driving to the meeting today, trying not to cry (totally cried twice), I had a lot of time to pray. Here’s what I know: no matter how much I love this little boy and I want the very best for him and will do my best every day he’s in my care to assure that he is loved, nurtured, and thriving, God loves him more, and created him for a life full of hope and goodness (Jer 29:11). God goes before him, watches over him, and while I think Jason, my dad, and my father in law are just about the greatest dads on earth, I have peace knowing that God is the best Dad there ever was, is, or will be. And He’s also my Heavenly Father. My concerns are not lost on Him, and He can take care of this little one, my son, my heart and Jason’s, and our entire family and friends who’ve fallen head over heels for this munchkin. Please pray God’s will for this little one. We’re thrilled that as of now, he’s staying with us and his big brother who love him beyond words. But #PSA: If you’re like so many people I talk to who say they would foster but just can’t because they’d get too attached, can I lovingly say that THAT makes you the PERFECT #fosterparent! These kids desperately need your love and attachment more than you need your heart protected. Trust me. It’s worth it.

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