Art: Readings Spring 2018

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 25 Course Overview Course Syllabus

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


Reading Packet #1

Feb 1 Early Childhood Adversity and Its Life-Long Impact on Brain and Behavioral Development Reading Packet #2
Feb 8 Child Welfare: Foster Care System Reform


Nobody’s Children, 59-67, 81-97

Reading Packet #3

Feb 15 Addressing the Cycle of Poverty:  YouthBuild and “Opportunity Youth” Reading Packet #4

Optional Reading Packet #4

Feb 22 Child Welfare: The Intersection of Child Maltreatment and Parental Substance Abuse Nobody’s Children, 67-81, 207-32

Reading Packet #5

Mar 1 Education: Integration and other Strategies to Improve Disadvantaged Schools Reading Packet #6

Mar 8 Education: Strategies to Protect and Enhance Opportunities for Vulnerable Youth Populations Reading Packet #7

Optional Reading Packet #7


Mar 22 Education:  Systemic Reform Litigation, Policy Advocacy, and Community Organizing Reading Packet #8

Optional Reading Packet #8

Mar 29 Education:  Reforming Special Education Schools Reading Packet #9
Apr 5 Juvenile Justice:  A Successful Litigation Campaign to Eliminate the Juvenile Death Penalty and Life Without Parole Reading Packet #10
Apr 12 Juvenile Justice:  Ending Solitary Confinement through Public-Private Partnerships Reading Packet #11

Apr 19 Juvenile Justice:  Working from the Inside to Achieve Reform Reading Packet #12