After their decision not to have a biological child, Sarah Sentilles and her husband, Eric, decide to adopt via the foster care system. Despite knowing that the system’s goal is the child’s reunification with the birth family, they open 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. Sarah and Eric bring this newborn stranger home.
Stranger Care: A Memoir of Loving What Isn’t Ours chronicles Ms. Sentilles’ discovery of what it means to mother—in this case, not just a vulnerable infant but the birth mother who loves her, too. Ultimately, Coco’s story reminds us that we depend on family, and that family can take different forms.
Ms. Sentilles will be in conversation with Sally Field, the two-time Academy Award and three-time Emmy Award winning actor who has portrayed dozens of iconic roles on both the large and small screens. In 2012, she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2015 she was honored by President Obama with the National Medal of Arts.
This event will be recorded and available later on the FAN website and our YouTube channel.
AFTER-HOURS EVENT: Attendees who purchase a copy of Stranger Care from FAN's partner bookseller The Book Stall are invited to attend an AFTER-HOURS event hosted by Ms. Sentilles that will start immediately after the webinar. Copy and paste this link to purchase the book: https://www.thebookstall.com/event/sarah-sentilles-and-sally-field-stranger-care-memoir-loving-what-isn%E2%80%99t-ours-fan-program
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