Art: Readings – Spring 2017

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 26 Course Overview Course Syllabus

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


Reading Packet #1

Feb 2 Early Childhood Adversity and Its Life-Long Impact on Brain and Behavioral Development Nobody’s Children, pp. 59-97

Reading Packet #2

Feb 9
*rescheduled to Feb. 24, 3:00-5:00 PM
Education Reform from the Inside: Using the Power of a State Department of Education to Reform Failing Schools


Reading Packet #3
Feb 16 Child Welfare Reform: Birth Match as an Approach to Early Intervention Reading Packet #4

Nobody’s Children, pp. 163-204

Feb 23 Youth Homelessness: Problems and Solutions Reading Packet #5
Mar 2 LGBT Youth Rights: Reflecting on Progress and Outlining the Work Ahead Reading Packet #6
Mar 9 Education Reform from the Outside: Community Organizing, Policy Advocacy, and Systemic Reform Litigation Reading Packet #7

Optional Reading Packet #7


Mar 23 Reducing Youth Violence: BAM! and WOW! Reading Packet #8
Mar 30 Cause Lawyering Reading Packet #9
Apr 6 Reforming Juvenile Sex Offender Registry Laws Reading Packet #10
Apr 13 A Lawyer’s Journey Through Education and Juvenile Justice Reform Reading Packet #11
Apr 20 Child Welfare Challenges: The Use and Misuse of Science and Medical Expertise in Connection With Abusive Head Trauma (Shaken Baby Syndrome) Reading Packet #12