Stranger Care is the moving story of what one woman learned from fostering a newborn—about injustice, about making mistakes, about how to better love and protect people beyond our immediate kin.
After their decision not to have a biological child, Sentilles and her husband decide to adopt via the foster care system. Despite knowing that the system’s goal is the child’s reunification with the birth family, Sentilles opens their home to a flurry of social workers who question them, evaluate them, and ultimately prepare them to welcome a child into their lives—even if it means most likely having to give the child back. After years of starts and stops, and endless navigation of the complexities and injustices of the foster care system, a phone call finally comes: a three-day-old baby girl named Coco, in immediate need of a foster family. Sentilles and her husband bring this newborn stranger home.