Book Club

Stranger Care: A Memoir of Loving What Isn't Ours by Sarah Sentilles

PA CASA staff invite active CASA volunteers, staff, and board members to join our Book Club with selections to enrich your work in the CASA network.

It's easy to join!

Register for which date you wish to attend, either Option 1 or 2. You will receive the virtual meeting link and a calendar invite.

Option 1

Thursday, February 22, 2024
6-7:30 p.m.

Option 2

Friday, February 23, 2024
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

Please register to receive the virtual meeting link for the conversation. If you need to switch dates, please contact Ashley Frank ([email protected]) Idelia Robinson-Confer ([email protected]).

About the Upcoming Title

This heartfelt memoir follows Sarah Sentilles and her husband, Eric, as they embark on the journey of fostering a newborn after opting not to have a biological child. Despite the awareness that the foster care system aims for reunification with the birth family, Sarah and Eric navigate the intricate process and the many uncertainties. The turning point arrives with a phone call introducing them to Coco, a three-day-old baby girl in urgent need of a foster family. As Sarah and Eric open their home to this baby, they grapple with the complexities of love, attachment, and the inherent uncertainties of foster care. In a moving exploration of motherhood, the memoir reflects on the intricate bonds formed not only with the vulnerable infant but also with her birth mother. This memoir will delve into the essence of family and its diverse manifestations, posing universal questions about care, protection, and the interconnectedness of all living beings.

“Stranger Care is a beautiful, harrowing, and profound memoir about what it means to love and to mother, to belong and let go. In prose, so riveting I found myself holding my breath as I read, Sarah Sentilles writes about fostering—and attempting to adopt—a baby through the foster care system. With profound sensitivity and insight, Sentilles takes readers with her on her tender and wrenching path to motherhood, while grappling with the complexities, contradictions, and injustices of a system meant to protect the most vulnerable. I love this book so much it hurts. It’s a powerful, heartbreaking, necessary masterpiece.”

— Cheryl Strayed, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wild

Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Child Abuse
  • Substance Use Disorder
  • Grief
  • Abandonment

For further questions or concerns regarding these warnings, please contact Ashley Frank ([email protected]) or Idelia Robinson-Confer ([email protected]).