Art of Social Change: Readings
Fall 2006

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. As soon as the additional materials are ready, we will post them below. Simply click on the relevant Assignment Packet and download the PDF file.

Sept. 7Overview: Child Advocacy: Where Have We Been & Where Are We Going? (Perspectives from the Directors of Leading Child Advocacy Centers)Course Information, Syllabus, and Schedule

Nobody's Children, pp. 1-8, 22-29

Assignment Packet #1
Sept. 14Overview: The Role of the Courts, the Government, and Empirical Research

Nobody's Children, Chapters 1 & 2 (pp. 33-55)

Assignment Packet #2
Sept. 21Education: Charter and Pilot Schools and Other Innovations, and Their Reform Potential
Assignment Packet #3
Sept. 28Education: Perspectives on Special EducationAssignment Packet #4
Oct. 5Child Welfare: Promising Prevention Strategies: Early Home VisitationNobody's Children, Chapter 7 (pp. 163-75)

Assignment Packet #5
Oct. 12Child Welfare: Working for Reform Within and From the OutsideNobody's Children, Chapter 4 (pp. 98-110)

Assignment Packet #6

Optional: Nobody's Children, pp. 59-97, 113-23, 176-92
Oct. 19Child Welfare (Int'l): Romania's Homeless Children: Problems, Politics and Policies Related to Institutional Conditions, Foster Care, and International Adoption

--Joint Session with the Human Rights Program at HLS

Assignment Packet #7

In case you are having difficulty downloading the packet in its entirety (it is large), we have broken it into three smaller files:

Nov. 2Child Welfare: Parental Substance Abuse: The Problem and Some Innovative Solutions
Nobody's Children, Chapter 9 (pp.207-32)

Assignment Packet #8

Optional: Nobody's Children, pp. 67-81

Nov. 9
Child Welfare: Case Study of an Innovative Model: The Treehouse FoundationNobody's Children, pp.141-2, 146-59

Assignment Packet #9
Nov. 16Juvenile Justice: Transfer to Adult Criminal Court & Life Without Parole (LWOP): Problems and Potential Challenges
Assignment Packet #10
Nov. 30Juvenile Justice: Abolishing the Juvenile CourtAssignment Packet #11
Dec. 7The Next Generation of Social EntrepreneursAssignment Packet #12


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