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Substance Abuse, Mental Health, and Juvenile Justice in Mississippi - March 31, 2014

Particularly among children, problems with mental health and substance abuse often go unacknowledged and untreated.  Join the Mississippi Delta Project for a lunch talk with Dr. Angela Robertson from Mississippi State University on the connections between substance abuse, mental health, and juvenile justice.  Milstein West A in WCC at Noon.  Non-pizza lunch provided. 

Juvenile In Justice: Photography Exhibit and Talk with Richard Ross - March 25, 2014

Juvenile in Justice is a project that documents the placement and treatment of young people in American jails and prisons. Join us for an opening event with the photographer Richard Ross.  A selection of Ross's photographs will be displayed on the 3rd floor of Wasserstein Hall at HLS from March 21 - April 11, 2014.  Opening event is 4 PM in WCC Rm 2019.  RSVP here.

CAP Hiring Administrative Director

See the brief Job Description with a link to the official notice and information as to how to apply here.  

Commentary on Differential Response - Jan 24, 2014

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.

Op-Ed on Differential Response - Dec 24, 2013

Op-Ed on Differential Response by Elizabeth Barholet and Daniel Heimpel, "Saving children from our child welfare system," appeared in the Boston Globe.  Click here for the piece.

Making Bitter Chocolate Sweet: The Milton Hershey School's Past and Hoped for Future - Oct 29, 2013

Former Harvard Law School Visiting Scholar F. Frederic (Ric) Fouad will present on the Milton Hershey School Trust, which he argues should be a state of the art institution for at-risk children, leveraging the $11 billion in funds and resources flowing from the Hershey chocolate fortune.  Fouad will outline what he sees as the failures of that school and potential for reform.  5 PM in WCC 2004.  Light fare provided.  RSVP here.

CAP Graduate Program Open House - Sept 23, 2013

Join CAP Faculty and Affiliates for an Open House for HLS Graduate Program students.  SJD candidates, LLMs, and Visiting Researchers and Scholars will have the opportunity to get to know others at HLS who share an interest in children's issues.  Meet in the CAP Offices (WCC 4133) at noon.  Lunch will be provided.  RSVP here.

CAP’s Faculty Director Quoted in CNN Story on the Decline International Adoption  – Sept 17, 2013

CAP Faculty Director Elizabeth Bartholet is quoted in CNN story “International adoptions in decline as number of orphans grows.”  Click here for more.

CAP’s Faculty Director Quoted in CNN Story on Ethical Issues in International Adoption  – Sept 16, 2013

CAP Faculty Director Elizabeth Bartholet is quoted in CNN story “International Adoption: Saving orphans or child trafficking?”  Click here for more.

CAP "Art of Social Change" Class Begins - Sept 12, 2013

CAP's Fall "Art of Social Change" course launches on Thursday, Sept 12, from 5:00 - 7:00 PM.  Course topics include: Substance Abuse & Child Maltreatment, Childhood Hunger, International Adoption, Youth Violence, Education & Social Enterprise.  For the course description, schedule, and speaker biographies, click here.

HLS Students Register for the CAP Clinic - April 3 - 5, 2013

For Frequently Asked Questions about the Clinic, click here.  For more about the Clinic (Spring and Winter/Spring options in 2014), click here.

CAP Art of Social Change Course Replicated - April 2, 2013

CAP's "Art of Social Change" course is serving as a model for courses for students studying journalism, public policy and social work in California.  Click here to read more.  Or click here for PDF version of the article.

CAP Clinic Hosting Table at Clinical Fair - 7 PM, March 27, 2013

HLS students can stop by the Clinical Fair -- organized by HLS's Office of Clinical Programs -- to learn about the Child Advocacy Clinic.  We'll be hosting a table during the second half of the Fair, from 7-8 PM, Milstein B&C in WCC.

CAP Working Paper Lunch - From Hysteria to Realism: Critiquing the Construction of Child Trafficking for Labor Exploitation in Nigeria - March 7, 2013

Join CAP and HLS LLM Candidate Sedoo Manu to discuss his work-in-progress.  Meet in CAP's offices (WCC 4133) at noon. Lunch will be provided.  RSVP here.

CAP Working Paper Lunch - Mandatory Newborn HIV Testing As a Model for Universal Newborn Drug Screening - Feb 7, 2013

Join CAP and HLS JD Candidate Melissa Friedman to discuss her work-in-progress.  Meet in CAP's offices (WCC 4133) at noon. Lunch will be provided.  RSVP here.

CAP Faculty Director on NPR's On Point - 11 AM, Feb 6, 2013

CAP Faculty Director Elizabeth Bartholet is a guest on NPR's On Point with Tom Ashbrook in a show entitled "The Future of Adoption: International and Domestic."  Click here for more.

CAP Working Paper Lunch - Conceiving the Child in Domestic Violence - Jan 31, 2013

Join CAP and HLS SJD Candidate Claire Houston to discuss her work on the construction of the child in domestic violence law.  Meet in CAP's offices (WCC 4133) at noon. Lunch will be provided.  RSVP here.

CAP Graduate Program Open House - Oct 12, 2012

Join CAP Faculty and Affiliates for an Open House for HLS Graduate Program students.  SJD candidates, LLMs, and Visiting Researchers and Scholars will have the opportunity to get to know others at HLS who share an interest in children's issues.  Meet in the CAP Offices (WCC 4133) at noon.  Lunch will be provided.  RSVP here.

CAP "Art of Social Change" Class Begins - Sept 13, 2012

CAP's Fall "Art of Social Change" course is launching on Thursday, Sept 13, from 5:00 - 7:00 PM.  Course topics include: Substance Abuse & Child Maltreatment, Education Reform through Community Organizing, Bullying, Model Schools in Juvenile Facilities, Principles Behind Successful Social Change Efforts, and more.  For the course description, schedule, and speaker biographies, click here.

CAP Hosts Workshop On Child Welfare - Harvard Law School News - June 6, 2012

CAP Faculty Director Elizabeth Bartholet discusses CAP's Prevention & Protection Brainstorming Workshop held at HLS on May 10-11, 2012.  

CAP Open House & Course Info Lunch - April 13, 2012

Visit CAP in our new home.  Hear about our courses and the clinic.  Learn about CAP's law reform projects, events, and more.  Come to WCC 4133 at noon.  Lunch will be provided.  HLS students RSVP here.

HLS Students Register for the CAP Clinic - March 28 - April 2, 2012

For Frequently Asked Questions about the Clinic, click here.  For more about the Clinic (Spring and Winter/Spring options in 2013), click here.

CAP Working Paper Lunch - The Street Children of Rio de Janeiro - March 22, 2012  

Join CAP and HLS Visiting Researcher Celina Beatriz Mendes de Almeida to discuss her draft paper "The Street Children of Rio de Janeiro."  Meet in CAP's new offices (WCC 4133) at noon. Lunch will be provided.  RSVP here.

CAP Working Paper Lunch - Contesting Childhood: When Law & Politics Go to School - March 8, 2012

Join CAP and HLS SJD Candidate Lisa Kelly to discuss her draft paper.  Meet in CAP's new offices (WCC 4133) at noon. Lunch will be provided. RSVP here.

International Adoption Conference in New York - March 2, 2012

Join the Center for Adoption Policy and HLS's Child Advocacy Program for this upcoming conference entitled "International Adoption: The Evolving Terrain" at New York Law School. Click here for details and to register.  The admission fee for Harvard Law faculty, staff and students has been waived.

CAP Working Paper Lunch - Prosecuting the Recruitment of Child Soldiers as a War Crime - Feb 23 2012

Join CAP and HLS Visiting Researcher Mahyad Hassanzadeh-Tavakoli to discuss her draft paper "Prosecuting the Recruitment of Child Soldiers as a War Crime before the International Criminal Court. A Critical Reading of the Lubanga Case."  Meet in CAP's new offices (WCC 4133) at noon. Lunch will be provided. RSVP here.

Careers in Human Rights Lunch Discussion - Feb 15, 2012

Join a lunch discussion with Mike Bochenek, Director of Law and Policy at Amnesty International.  Bochenek is one of the leading lawyers at Amnesty International’s Secretariat in London.  He is an expert in children’s rights and economic, social, and cultural rights.  Previously, Bochenek was Deputy Director of the Children’s Rights Division at Human Rights Watch (HRW).  Event is sponsored by: the Harvard Law School Human Rights Program, HLS Advocates for Human Rights, and the Harvard Law School Child Advocacy Program.  RSVP here.

Art of Social Change Slideshow - Fall 2011

Each Fall CAP offers a course entitled "The Art of Social Change: Child Welfare, Education, and Juvenile Justice."  View our 2011 slideshow which includes a series of dynamic guest lecturers debating cutting-edge issues impacting children.

Beyond Compassion: Children of Sex Workers as Political Actors - Oct. 24, 2011

Screening of film “We Are Foot Soldiers."  Followed by panel discussion with: Oishik Sircar (Documentary Filmmaker & Assist. Profess., Jindal Global Law School, India), Elizabeth Bartholet (Morris Wasserstein Public Interest Professor of Law, Harvard Law School), and Janet Halley (Royall Professor of Law, Harvard Law School).  Moderated by Lisa Kelly (S.J.D. Candidate , Harvard Law School).  7:15 - 9:00 PM, Hauser 104, Harvard Law School.  Dinner provided.  RSVP here.

Abandoned in Guatemala: The Failure of International Adoption Policies - Oct 2011

CAP Faculty Director Elizabeth Bartholet was interviewed for this documentary by Paul Feine, detailing the negative impact that closing international adoption in Guatemala has had on children.  The film also documents UNICEF’s role.  Click here to view on CAP's website.  Click here to view on You Tube (with the option of full-screen mode). 

CAP-Graduate Program Open House - Sept 23, 2011  

Join CAP Faculty and Affiliates for an Open House for HLS Graduate Program students.  SJD candidates, LLMs, and Visiting Researchers and Scholars will have the opportunity to get to know others at HLS who share an interest in children's issues.  Meet in the CAP Offices (Pound 407) at noon.  Lunch will be provided.  RSVP here.

CAP Art of Social Change Class Begins - Sept 15, 2011

CAP's Fall "Art of Social Change" course is launching on Thursday, Sept 15, from 5:00 - 7:00 PM.  Course topics include: Creating a Children's Movement, Confronting the Achievement Gap, Evaluating the Harlem Children's Zone, Problem-Solving Courts for Children & Families, StreetSafe Boston (a gang prevention program), the Prostitution of Children, and more.  For the course description, schedule, and speaker biographies, click here.

CAP Art of Social Change Class Open to Cross-Registrants - Fall 2011

CAP's "Art of Social Change" course is open to cross-registrants at Harvard University.  Click here for cross-registration details.

Post-Conference Paper Published - Race & Child Welfare: Disproportionality, Disparity, Discrimination: Re-Assessing the Facts, Re-Thinking the Policy Options - July 2011

Authored by CAP Faculty Director Elizabeth Bartholet, this paper summarizes what she believes can be learned from the evidence presented at the January 2011 Race & Child Welfare Conference.  That conference was co-sponsored by Harvard Law School’s Child Advocacy Program and Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago on what has generally been termed racial disproportionality.  Click here for the paper.

The War on International Adoption - From Canadian Charity TDH Ontario - July 2011

TDH Ontario -- a long-time Canadian charity supporting a range of projects for children across the globe -- reports on the recent attacks on international adoption.  TDH's July 2011 quarterly newsletter references CAP Faculty Director Elizabeth Bartholet's extensive writings on international adoption.  Click here for the newsletter and to learn more about TDH Ontario's work.

Post-Conference Paper Published - Issue Brief on Race & Child Welfare - June 2011

Elizabeth Bartholet, Fred Wulczyn, Richard P. Barth, and Cindy Lederman co-authored a paper summarizing their views on the January 2011 CAP-sponsored conference "Race and Child Welfare: Disproportionality, Disparity, Discrimination: Re-Assessing the Facts, Re-Thinking the Policy Options."  That paper, detailing the Conference’s significance, appeared in a Chapin Hall Issue Brief, “Race & Child Welfare," published June, 2011.

Town Hall - On the Road to Educational Equality – Part of the "Waiting for Superman" Social Action Campaign - May 24, 2011

Join us for a Town Hall event on education for foster care children.  The event is being organized by Fostering Media Connections, along with CAP and the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute.  To RSVP and for more detais, click here.  Click here to watch the Town Hall.  For the HLS news story, click here.  

CAP Faculty Director Interviewed for PBS Story on Nepalese Adoptions - May 6, 2011

CAP Faculty Director Elizabeth Bartholet is interviewed for a PBS "Need to Know" story: "Left in limbo: Nepalese adoptions halted: Adoptive parents on the verge of bringing home a child find themselves caught between two governments." Bartholet responds to the U.S. State Department suspension of adoption of abandoned Nepalese children.  Click here for the video recording of the full story.

CAP Working Paper Lunch - A Second Look at Schools for Indigenous Children - March 3, 2011

Join CAP and HLS LL.M. candidate Benjamin S. Luis to discuss his draft paper "A Second Look at Schools for Indigenous Children."  Meet in the CAP Offices (Pound 407) at noon on March 23. Lunch will be provided.  RSVP here: http://www.jotform.com/form/10403028801.

Elizabeth Bartholet: Should the U.S. Ratify the CRC? - Feb 23, 2011

CAP Faculty Director Elizabeth Bartholet examines the pros and cons of the US ratifying the Convention on the Rights of the Child.  See her article in the January 2011 Annals volume, "The Child as Citizen," and listen to her interview here.

CAP Working Paper Lunch - Solutions in Human Rights and the Library Tree Project - Feb 17, 2011

Join CAP and HLS LL.M. candidate Caetano Penna Franco Altafin Rodrigues da Cunha to discuss his draft paper "Solutions in Human Rights and the Library Tree Project: creating educational opportunities for children in development and underdeveloped countries."  Meet in the CAP Offices (Pound 407) at noon on March 23. Lunch will be provided. RSVP here: http://www.jotform.com/form/10401219797.

CAP Hosts Race and Child Welfare Conference - Jan 28-29, 2011

CAP hosts a conference exploring questions of race and child welfare entitled: "Race and Child Welfare: Disproportionality, Disparity, Discrimination: Re-Assessing the Facts, Re-Thinking the Policy Options."  Visit: http://www.law.harvard.edu/news/spotlight/faculty-research/cap-conference-race-and-child-welfare.html.  For more, including links to conference-related materials and conference videos, visit: http://www.law.harvard.edu/programs/about/cap/cap-conferences/rd-conference/rd-conference-index.html.

Film Screening of "Family Affair" - Oct 7, 2010

In conjunction with our Art of Social Change course, CAP is screening the 82-minute documentary "Family Affair" by director/producer Chico Colvard.  The event is from 5:00 - 7:00 PM at Austin West in Austin Hall.  Chico will provide brief remarks after the screening and be available for Q&A.  For more and to RSVP visit: http://www.law.harvard.edu/programs/about/cap/cap-events/familyaffairscreening.html

CAP-Graduate Program Open House - Sept 13, 2010

Join CAP Faculty and Affiliates for an Open House event for HLS Graduate Program students.  SJD candidates, LLMs, and Visiting Researchers and Scholars will have the opportunity to get to know others at HLS who share an interest in children's issues.  Meet in the CAP Offices (Pound 407) at noon.  Lunch will be provided.  RSVP here: http://tinyurl.com/2dspago

CAP Art of Social Change Class Begins - Sept 2, 2010

CAP's Fall "Art of Social Change" course is launching on Thursday, Sept 2, from 5:00 - 7:00 PM.  Course topics include: Obama's Race to the Top Education Contest, Social Enterprises for Children, the Prostitution of Children, Beyond Juvenile Incarceration, Childhood Homelessness, and more.  For the course description, schedule, and speaker biographies, visit: http://www.law.harvard.edu/programs/about/cap/art-of-change/index.html.

CAP Student Creates Foster Care Video - April 30, 2010

Harvard Graduate School of Education student Kimberly Snodgrass, who enrolled in the Child Advocacy Program's course "Art of Social Change" in Fall 2010, created a "Forward Advocacy Foster Care Video." Click on the above link to view the video on YouTube. 

CAP Faculty Director Featured on China Radio Int'l - April 27, 2010

Increased attention has been focused on international adoption following the return of an adoptive child to Russia by his adoptive mother. CAP Faculty Director Elizabeth Bartholet speaks about the importance of international adoption on "Today" a news magazine show broadcasting live in Beijing, China; Canberra and Perth, Australia; Ottawa and Toronto, Canada; and California, Texas and Hawaii, USA.

Connect for Kids Features CAP Alums - April 21, 2010

The website Connect for Kids featured the Child Advocacy Program and two of our remarkable alums in a recent article. Learn more about how these CAP alums are using Skadden Fellowships to work on behalf of children and youth.

Suspending Adoption Is Not the Answer - CAP Faculty Director in the New York Times - April 15, 2010

Read CAP Faculty Director Elizabeth Bartholet's piece in the New York Times "Room for Debate" blog reacting to the suspension of Russian adoption in the aftermath of the controversy surrounding the return of an adopted child to Russia.

CAP Faculty Director on NPR's On Point - April 15, 2010

In the wake of the controversy surrounding the return of an adopted child to Russia, the Russian government has suspended all adoption of Russian children by American families. CAP Faculty Director Elizabeth Bartholet speaks about the implications of this controversy on international adoption. To listen, go to: http://tinyurl.com/y8yo3td.

CAP Working Paper Lunch - The Chocolate Heist - April 13, 2010

Join CAP and HLS Visiting Scholar F. Frederic (Ric) Fouad to discuss his draft paper "The Chocolate Heist: How Pennsylvania authorities converted the Hershey Trust, America's largest childcare charity, into a shield for corporate insiders and piggy bank for local interests." Meet in AUSTIN EAST (NOTE change in location) at noon on April 13. Lunch will be provided. RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/ybtg9h3.

Post-Quake International Adoption in Haiti and Beyond - April 6, 2010

In the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, ten Americans were arrested for transporting 33 Haitian children out of Haiti. The controversy over international adoption in post-quake Haiti mirrors the intense global debate over this issue. HLS Prof. Elizabeth Bartholet, a renowned expert on international adoption, will share her insights on this pressing issue. Sponsored by Child and Youth Advocates, HIRC, and HCLA. Meet at noon in Lewis 301. Lunch will be provided.

CAP Working Paper Lunch - Religious Freedoms in Public Schools - March 23, 2010

Join CAP and HLS Visiting Researcher Rashad Ibadov to discuss his draft paper "Religious Freedoms in Public Schools: Theoretical and Practical Problems Related to the Rights of Children." Meet in the CAP Offices (Pound 407) at noon on March 23. Lunch will be provided. RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/y8kspx4.

International Adoption Conference in New York - March 5, 2010

Join the Center for Adoption Policy and HLS's Child Advocacy Program for this upcoming conference entitled "Permanency for Children" at New York Law School. Click on the above link to register now.

Juvenile Justice Conference Co-Sponsored by CAP - Feb. 19 and 20, 2010

Join CAP for the "Juvenile Justice: Passages, Prevention, and Intervention" conference hosted by the University of Florida Levin College of Law in Gainesville.

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