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Events: CAP Working Paper Lunch Series – Fall 2015

In fall 2015, CAP is hosting a Lunch Series featuring our two affiliated Visiting Researchers: Charlotte Proudman, Ph.D. candidate at Cambridge University; and Lisa Owens, Ph.D. candidate at Columbia University.  During the talks, each Visiting Researcher will present her research findings, and attendees will have the opportunity to provide feedback and suggestions. Lunch will be provided. If you would


Faculty Director Elizabeth Bartholet Featured in Boston Globe and Other Media Outlets Regarding Rise of Child Abuse and Neglect Deaths in Massachusetts

CAP Faculty Director Elizabeth Bartholet was featured in the Boston Globe article, “DCF’s Records Hold Tragic Legacy,” published September 19, 2015, and written by Jenifer B. McKim of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting.  The article was part of McKim’s deep investigation into the rise of child abuse and neglect deaths in Massachusetts.  Following


Harvard Center on the Developing Child – Student Info Session – Wed., Sept. 9

The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University is hosting a Student Information Session on Wednesday, September 9, from 3:30 – 5:00pm, at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, details below.  Dr. Jack P. Shonkoff will be presenting, and refreshments will be served.  The Center drives science-based innovation in early childhood research, program development, and policy


Faculty Director Elizabeth Bartholet Awarded 2015 Pro Humanitate Child Advocacy Award

On July 24, 2015, the North American Resource Center for Child Welfare (NARCCW) awarded CAP Faculty Director Elizabeth Bartholet the 2015 Pro Humanitate Child Advocacy Award at the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) 2015 Annual Colloquium in Boston, Massachusetts. The award is given to a child welfare professional in law, medicine, journalism,


Events: CAP Working Paper Luncheon Series – Spring 2015

In spring 2015, CAP is hosting a Lunch Series with Harvard Law School and University Graduate Program students.   A different presenter will discuss his/her work-in-progress at each lunch, and attendees will have the opportunity to provide feedback and suggestions.  Lunch will be provided. If you would like to attend one or more of the Lunch


Event: Moment to Moment Film Screening

On Wednesday, February 4, 2015, CAP is hosting an upcoming film screening of Moment to Moment: Teens Growing Up With FASDs, followed by a discussion with Executive Produce Ira J. Chasnoff, MD. Moment to Moment: Teens Growing Up With FASDs February 4, 2015, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM Harvard Law School, WCC Room 1010 (campus map


The Chronicle of Social Change Featuring Elizabeth Bartholet on Differential Response

In “Harvard’s Elizabeth Bartholet Takes on Differential Response,” Daniel Heimpel reviews Elizabeth Bartholet’s latest law review article, “Differential Response: A Dangerous Experiment in Child Welfare.”  Click here for the piece.


2015 Bergstrom Child Welfare Law Fellowship

The University of Michigan Law School’s 2015 Bergstrom Child Welfare Law Summer Fellowship is now taking applications.  Students who have completed their first year of law school but who have not yet graduated are eligible to apply.  Bergstrom Fellows are brought to Ann Arbor, MI for three days of training (May 18-20, 2015) both to


Huffington Post Article Featuring Elizabeth Bartholet on International Adoption – Oct 22, 2014

John Simmons posted “A Salute to Fierce Women Who Protect Children” on the Huffington Post, featuring Elizabeth Bartholet and her international adoption advocacy work.   Click here for the piece.


CAP Grad Program Event – Fall 2014

Join the Child Advocacy Program (CAP) for a: CAP Graduate Program Open House Wed, Oct. 1, 2014 Noon – 1:00 PM WCC 4133 (the CAP suite) *We intend to begin the event promptly at noon. The CAP Open House will provide an informal opportunity for Graduate Program students to get to know others at HLS


CAP Welcomes New Administrative Director

CAP is delighted to welcome Cheryl Bratt as the new Administrative Director, featured in HLS’s Clinical and Pro Bono Programs June 2014 Newsletter.  Click here for the Newsletter.


Op-Ed on Parental Substance Abuse

An Op-Ed appeared in the Boston Globe by Elizabeth Bartholet, “Parental Custody? Not if they’re addicts.”  Click here for the piece.


Event: Mississippi Delta Project – Spring 2014

Substance Abuse, Mental Health, and Juvenile Justice in Mississippi Mon, March 31, 2014 Milstein West A, WCC Harvard Law School Organized by the Mississippi Delta Project and co-sponsored by CAP and others. Non-pizza lunch served. Please join the Mississippi Delta Project for a lunch talk with Dr. Angela Robertson (Interim Director and Research Professor, Social


Juvenile In Justice: Photography Exhibit and Talk with Richard Ross

Juvenile in Justice is a project that documents the placement and treatment of young people in American jails and prisons. A selection of Ross’s photographs will be displayed on the 3rd floor of Wasserstein Hall at HLS from March 21 – April 11, 2014. Learn more.


Commentary on Differential Response

Commentary on Differential Response by Elizabeth Bartholet and Daniel Heimpel, “DCF Shift Puts Children’s Safety at Risk,” appeared in the Hartford Courant.  Click here for the piece.


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