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Hallmark Actress Announces Son’s Adoption, Names Him for ‘God’s Divine Peace’

Photo from Jen Lilley’s Instagram

Hallmark Actress Announces Son’s Adoption, Names Him for ‘God’s Divine Peace’

By Jessilyn Lancaster, Managing Editor

Hallmark actress and 2020 Movieguide® Awards Gala Host Jen Lilley announced the adoption of her son Jeffrey.

The foster care advocate shared the good news on Instagram.

“I have loved this little one since his momma’s first sonogram,” Lilley captioned the post.

Lilley and her husband, Jason Wayne, previously adopted Jeffrey’s brother, Kayden.

“Words cannot express how much I love this little one. Biologically, he’s Kayden’s half brother, but as Jason said so beautifully, ‘Today, we made them full brothers,'” Lilley wrote.

Lilley also opened up about how Jeffrey came to their home.

“I prayed for this little baby boy every single day,” Lilley said. “When we got the call that he was in fostercare, and they weren’t sure if he would be able to come live with us, I was wrecked. How could I ever explain to the boys that we didn’t keep them together. Where would he go? Not all foster homes are loving. I prayed one of those prayers only a mother can pray. I mean had he been dead I think his little spirit would have hopped back in his body.It was bold. It was like I was warring over his safety and well being. I’ll never forget the moment I said amen, we got another call that their birth mom insisted the boys be together, and thank God the county honored her wish.”

The actress continued: “Jeffrey is the kindest, sweetest, most nurturing, and adorable little boy anyone could ever hope for. He’s the perfect brother, the perfect yes man, and he has the best heart. Jeffrey means God’s divine peace, and while I did not name him, his name is so perfectly fitting. He fills our home with peace, love, and joy, and my heart has never been so full.”

Lilley has been a vocal advocate for children in foster care.

“There’s so many misconceptions about children in foster care,” Lilley said. “First, children in foster care are not juvenile delinquents, they’re children, youth, or infants who ended up in a broken system through no fault of their own, but because of abuse or neglect, and they deserve all the love, stability, and support we can give them.”

She continued: “Raising awareness is crucial because if we don’t intervene, the statistics are bleak. I can’t say it better than Josh Weigal states in Let Us Rise, ‘When a child enters the foster care system, everyone suffers. Of the 2 million incarcerated, over 75% spent time in foster care. Of the 500,000 homeless in America, 50% spent time in the foster system. Of the victims recovered from sex trafficking raids in America, over 60% came from the foster care system. The foster system is ground zero.'”

Lilley is even the host for Fostering Hope, a podcast to “give other foster parents a sense of community in what’s an otherwise lonely road, to inform, inspire, and recruit new foster parents, and to celebrate charities, social workers, and advocates for the incredible work they’re doing.”

Now that Lilley has officially adopted her second son, she’s thrilled to share the news and encourage other people who may be considering fostering and adoption.

“I have yearned for today for almost 3 years, and it’s so beautiful and special in it’s own intimate 2020 way. I’m honored to share it on here with the community who’s prayed with me, cried with me, and celebrated with me the most. Welcome to forever Jeffrey Wayne. You are everything,” Lilley said.

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Christmas came early this year, and I got the world’s BEST present under my tree. Words cannot express how much I love this little one. Biologically, he’s Kayden’s half brother, but as Jason said so beautifully, “Today, we made them full brothers”😭 I have loved this little one since his momma’s first sonogram. She didn’t know, but I knew she was pregnant, and I prayed for this little baby boy every single day. When we got the call that he was in fostercare, and they weren’t sure if he would be able to come live with us, I was wrecked. How could I ever explain to the boys that we didn’t keep them together. Where would he go? Not all foster homes are loving. I prayed one of those prayers only a mother can pray. I mean had he been dead I think his little spirit would have hopped back in his body. It was bold. It was like I was warring over his safety and well being. I’ll never forget the moment I said amen, we got another call that their birth mom insisted the boys be together, and thank God the county honored her wish. There were so many times we didn’t know how his case would end, but we were committed to loving him the rest of our lives. Jeffrey is the kindest, sweetest, most nurturing, and adorable little boy anyone could ever hope for. He’s the perfect brother, the perfect yes man, and he has the best heart. Jeffrey means God’s divine peace, and while I did not name him, his name is so perfectly fitting. He fills our home with peace, love, and joy, and my heart has never been so full. 2020 has been an incredibly trying year for us all, we had no idea if the adoption was going to move forward. While I plan to give him the world’s biggest 1st gotcha day anniversary next year, I’m sad we won’t be able to celebrate today with our friends and loved ones and make him feel like he’s the world’s coolest kid with the party to match. Nevertheless, I have yearned for today for almost 3 years, and it’s so beautiful and special in it’s own intimate 2020 way. I’m honored to share it on here with the community who’s prayed with me, cried with me, and celebrated with me the most. Welcome to forever Jeffrey Wayne. You are everything. #adoption #gotchaday #gettooattached

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