Former Days of Our Lives star, Jen Lilley, has been very upfront about her experience of becoming a foster mom and recently she went into more detail about exactly what the adventure has meant to her.
“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,” she wrote recently in an Instagram post of herself and a baby boy she fosters.
But the experience hasn’t been without its low points and the usually bubbly actress gets honest about that too, as she opens up about a recent setback that has happened in the process for her.
“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.”
It’s a heartbreaking and scary turn for the actress, who has given her whole heart to these kids and completely fallen in love with them. She opens up about the toll it is taking on her emotions but also what it all comes down to for her.
“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.”
In the end, the actress knows she has her faith to see her through these hard times and she wouldn’t change a thing. She knows how much these kids need someone to love them, and she hopes more people will open up their hearts and take the risk. She has also asked for your prayers.
“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 loves 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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