Art: Readings Spring 2019

Elizabeth Bartholet’s NOBODY’S CHILDREN: Abuse and Neglect, Foster Drift, and the Adoption Alternative (Beacon Press 1999) [hereafter Nobody’s Children] will serve as the course text together with additional course materials. Simply click on the relevant Reading Packet and download the PDF file.

Date Topic Readings
Jan 31 Course Overview Course Syllabus

Nobody’s Children, 1-29, 33-55, 98-110


Reading Packet #1

Feb 7 Early Childhood Adversity and Its Life-Long Impact on Brain and Behavioral Development Reading Packet #2
Feb 14 Lawyering for Youth: Individual Representation and Systemic Change Nobody’s Children, 59-67, 81-97

Reading Packet #3

Feb 21 Child Welfare Challenges: The Use and Misuse of Science and Medical Expertise in Connection with Abusive Head Trauma (Shaken Baby Syndrome) Reading Packet #4


Feb 28 Education: The Rise of Homeschooling Nobody’s Children, 67-81, 207-32

Reading Packet #5

Mar 7 Education: Integration and other Strategies to Improve Disadvantaged Schools Reading Packet #6
Mar 14 Education: Systemic Reform Litigation, Policy Advocacy, and Community Organizing Reading Packet #7



Mar 28 Child Welfare: The Indian Child Welfare Act Reading Packet #8
Apr 4 Education & Juvenile Justice: Educating Incarcerated Youth Reading Packet #9
Apr 11 Immigration: Policies and Responses in the Trump Era Reading Packet #10
Apr 18 Juvenile Justice: UTEC and Youth Organizing Reading Packet #11
Apr 25 Juvenile Justice: Working from the Inside to Achieve Reform Reading Packet #12