Juvenile Justice Reform Through Photography and Visual Storytelling

Join the Child Advocacy Program (CAP) for a dinner talk with photojournalist Brian Frank, with introductory remarks by CatchLight Founder and Shorenstein Fellow, Nancy Richards Farese.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019
5:15-7:15 PM
Harvard Law School
WCC B-015 (Wasserstein basement)

Brian Frank is a photojournalist who uses photography to promote criminal justice reform. Brian will show his work from inside the juvenile justice system, and discuss his project on juvenile pathways in and out of prisons in America.

Non-pizza dinner will be served


Sign in Support of a Child’s Right to Family

Will you help us by signing a petition to support the needs of unparented children?

Join with The Coalition for The Human Rights of Unparented Children in supporting legislative reform efforts to help shift the U.S. position so that instead of undermining the child’s right to family, the U.S. would take a leading role in advocating for that right on behalf of this desperately vulnerable population.  The legislation calls on the Department of State to report the deliberate denial of family life, including the refusal to place children in available adoptive homes, as a human rights violation in its annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.

Sign the Petition!

Help solve the crisis that unparented children face. Please sign this petition to show your members of Congress and our government that you support every child’s human right to family.



Adoption Advocates Win Injunction Against U.S. State Department

In “State Department Continues Its Cruel War on Adoption Agencies” (The Federalist, November 27, 2018), Jayme Metzgar reports on a recent victory for adoption advocates in a federal case against the U.S. State Department.  (See the CAP-supported Amicus brief filed in the case.)  She also describes the next obstacles advocates face in their ongoing struggle against an adversarial State Department.

2019 Bergstrom Child Welfare Law Fellowship

The University of Michigan Law School is pleased to announce the 2019 Bergstrom Child Welfare Law Fellowship Training, which will be held at the law school May 13-15, 2019.  Fellows participate in a two-day training on child welfare law and practice in Ann Arbor to learn the basic legal framework of child protection and foster care and hear interdisciplinary perspectives from experts in various fields, including child development, child sexual abuse, and drug addiction.

Following the training, students spend at least 10 weeks at a child welfare law summer internship (a list of past interns and placements can be found here).

Applications are due March 24, 2019. For more information and to download the application, visit www.law.umich.edu/bergstrom.

Child Advocacy and Education Law Summer Internship Lunch with CYA and A4E

Join the Child and Youth Advocates (CYA) and Advocates for Education (A4E) to learn about the application process and internship experience of 2Ls and 3Ls who interned with child advocacy and education law organizations. The first half of the event will be in a panel setting. For the second half, 2Ls and 3Ls will divide into narrower issue areas and answer attendees’ questions in smaller group and 1:1 conversations. Panelists have had experiences in nonprofits and government across a range of geographic areas.

November 8
12:00 – 12:50 PM
Pound 101

Lunch will be served. Funding support from the Child Advocacy Program.

Djokovic Science and Innovation Fellowship

The Djokovic Science and Innovation Fellowship is a partnership of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard and the Novak Djokovic Foundation. Designed to foster interdisciplinary collaboration, it is available to advanced Harvard University doctoral students whose independent research aligns with the Center’s mission – to drive science-based innovation to achieve breakthrough outcomes for children facing adversity. The Fellowship includes a stipend to support independent dissertation research, a series of workshops, and a capstone academic round-table.

Applications are due on January 2, 2019 by 5 pm EST.

Visit the Djokovic Science and Innovation Fellowship page on the Center’s website for information about the 2018-2019 Fellows and full application requirements.

CAP Open House Fall 2018

Join the Child Advocacy Program (CAP) for a:

CAP Open House
Mon, Sept. 17, 2018
Noon – 1:00 PM
23 Everett Street, Suite G-24 (the CAP suite, Ground Floor)
*We intend to begin the event promptly at noon.

The CAP Open House will provide an informal opportunity for students to get to know others at HLS who share an interest in children’s issues. CAP faculty and affiliates will provide information about the Child Advocacy Program including CAP courses and our Graduate Program Working Paper Luncheon Series coming this spring 2019.

All HLS affiliates are welcome.

A light lunch will be provided.

Click here to RSVP for the CAP Open House.