CAP

CAP Courses: 2014-15

In Academic Year 2014-15, CAP is offering the following courses:

  1. Child, Family and State (Fall)
  2. Future of the Family: Adoption, Reproduction and Child Welfare (Fall)
  3. Art of Social Change: Child Welfare, Education, and Juvenile Justice (Spring)
  4. Child Advocacy Clinic (Winter/Spring OR Spring)

For information on cross registration click here. 

**IMPORTANT NOTE: Family Law and Child, Family, and State are taught in alternating years by CAP Faculty Director Elizabeth Bartholet.

Child, Family and State

Fall term
Mon, Tues 3:20 PM - 4:50 PM

Professor Elizabeth Bartholet
3 classroom credits

This course will focus on children's rights and interests in the context of family and child welfare. We will consider how our society shapes the meaning of childhood, and what role the government does and should play in supporting families so that they can provide children with appropriate nurture. We will assess the potential of programs designed to provide special support to fragile families, such as early home visitation and family preservation. We will look at how law divides responsibility for children between parents and the state, and consider how the balance should be drawn. We will look at law and policy governing parent rights, child abuse and neglect, foster care, adoption (domestic and international), education, and juvenile justice. Throughout we will think about how we could change law and policy to create a better world for children and families.


Future of the Family: Adoption, Reproduction and Child Welfare

Fall term
Wed 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Prof. Elizabeth Bartholet
2 classroom credits

This seminar is for students interested in writing a research paper on any issue related to the above range of topics, as well as for students interested in doing papers on ideas explored in connection with any Child Advocacy Program (CAP) course (Child, Family & State, Family Law, The Art of Social Change, CAP Clinic). Initial class sessions will focus on readings related to general substantive area and also research and writing issues, and later sessions will focus on student work. Students will receive extensive guidance and feedback on their writing.

Possible issue areas include but are not limited to: parenting and procreation; child maltreatment and related state intervention; high-tech infertility treatment; the commercialization of reproduction (sale of eggs, sperm, embryos and pregnancy services); non-traditional family forms (single parenting, same-sex unions and marriage, transracial and international adoption); and fetal abuse, sex selection, cloning, stem cell research and the new eugenics options.

Requirements include: regular attendance, active participation, presentation of own work, feedback on others' work, and a research paper. Students are encouraged to write a substantial paper for an additional credit; this can be used to satisfy the School's Written Work Requirement.

Prerequisite: Instructor permission is required for cross-registrants.


Art of Social Change: Child Welfare, Education and Juvenile Justice

Spring term
Thurs 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Professor Elizabeth Bartholet 
2 classroom credits

This course deals with strategies for changing law and policy, focusing on the areas of child welfare (abuse and neglect, foster care, adoption), education, and juvenile justice. We will bring into the classroom as visiting lecturers leaders from the worlds of policy, practice, and academia -- people who have themselves operated as successful change agents and who represent different disciplines, career paths, and strategies for change. We will explore some of the most significant reform initiatives in our targeted areas, and debate with the speakers and each other how best to advance children's interests. Receptions will follow the class meetings, enabling students to talk informally with the visiting speakers, as well as with the HLS Faculty and those from the Boston-area child advocacy community who form a regular part of our audience. Click here for a schedule of the speakers and topics for last year's course.

Course requirements consist of brief questions/reactions related to the readings and class presentations, turned in weekly.

This course is part of the Child Advocacy Program (CAP), whose other courses are: Child, Family, and State (alternating years), Family Law (alternating years), the Child Advocacy Clinic, and the Future of the Family seminar. Enrollment in all CAP courses is encouraged but not required.

Cross-registrants are welcome.


Child Advocacy Clinic

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about the CAP Clinic.  The clinic includes both a:

  • Classroom/seminar component AND
  • Clinical fieldwork component

The seminar is offered in the Spring term.  As described in more detail below, there are two options for clinical field work:

  • Spring only
  • Winter/Spring

Child Advocacy Clinic Seminar 

Spring term
W 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Prof. Elizabeth Bartholet
2 classroom credits 
3-6 required clinical credits (3 or 4 required Spring clinical credits, 2 optional Winter clinical credits)

Required Clinic Component: Child Advocacy Clinic, either during the winter-spring (2 winter credits + 3-4 spring credits) or spring (3-4 spring credits). Students must enroll in one of the two clinic offerings (winter-spring or spring) before they are permitted to enroll in this required course.
Additional Co-/Pre-Requisites: None.
By Permission: No.
Add/Drop Deadline: November 3, 2014 for winter-spring clinical students. December 8, 2014 for spring clinical students.
LLM Students: LLM students are not eligible to enroll in the winter-spring clinic. LLM students may apply to the spring clinic by submitting an application.

The CAP Clinic is designed to educate students about a range of social change strategies and to encourage critical thinking about the pros and cons of different approaches. The CAP Clinic includes both a classroom seminar and a clinical fieldwork component. There are two different clinical fieldwork options: (1) Winter-spring clinic and (2) spring clinic. A variety of substantive areas impacting the lives of children will be addressed with a focus on child welfare (abuse and neglect, foster care, and adoption), education, and juvenile justice. The Clinic is relevant for students with a particular interest in children's issues but also for those more generally interested in social change.

During the spring seminar, students bring into the classroom their varied experiences, not only discussing specific cases/projects they are engaged in, but also their organization’s larger vision for improving conditions for children and families. Students have the chance to reflect on which strategies in the field are working and why. Each student gives one presentation during the term, often in combination with the fieldwork supervisor.

Regular classroom attendance and active participation in discussion is required. Grading will be based on a combination of each student's presentation and related packet, contributions to class discussion throughout the term, and clinical fieldwork.

Once enrolled in the Clinic, CAP will provide students a list of fieldwork placement sites and possible projects. Students will give CAP information about their background and interests and rank their placement preferences. They will be matched with a placement to the degree possible in accordance with their preferences. Visit the Child Advocacy Program (CAP) website for more about the Clinic, including Frequently Asked Questions.

Child Advocacy Clinic Fieldwork (Winter/Spring)

Prof. Elizabeth Bartholet
Winter 2015- Spring 2015 Clinic
5 or 6 clinical credits (plus 2 required classroom credits)

Required Class Component: Child Advocacy Clinical Seminar (2 spring credits). Students must enroll in this clinic before they are permitted to enroll in the required course.
Additional Co-/Pre-Requisites: None.
By Permission: No.
Add/Drop Deadline: November 3, 2014.
LLM Students: LLM students are not eligible to apply.
Multi-Semester: This is a winter-spring clinic (2 winter credits + 3-4 spring credits).
Placement Site: Various externship placements. Click here for a master list of placement sites since CAPs inception.

The CAP Clinic is designed to educate students about a range of social change strategies and to encourage critical thinking about the pros and cons of different approaches. The CAP Clinic includes both a classroom seminar and clinical fieldwork component. A variety of substantive areas impacting the lives of children are addressed with a focus on child welfare (abuse and neglect, foster care, and adoption), education, and juvenile justice. The Clinic is relevant for students not only with a particular interest in children's issues but also for those more generally interested in social change.

Enrollment Options: The Child Advocacy Clinic offers two different clinical fieldwork options: a spring-only clinic and a winter-spring clinic. This offering is for the winter-spring Child Advocacy Clinic. Students engage in full-time work in the winter and part-time work (15-20 hours/week for 3-4 clinical credits) in the spring. Enrollment is capped at 8 students.

Fieldwork Component: The winter-spring clinic places students with model organizations throughout the U.S. and even internationally. Most students are placed in a distant placement for the winter term. Students return to Cambridge in the spring and continue working remotely for the same organization. One or two students might be placed locally, working full-time in the winter for a Boston-area organization and then part-time at the same organization in the spring.

Students will be placed in a wide array of fieldwork settings, ranging from organizations providing individual advocacy, to those promoting systemic change through impact litigation and legislative reform, to grassroots organizing initiatives, to social enterprises. Some students will work for reform from within the system and others from outside. Students placed remotely through the winter-spring option will not primarily be engaged in direct service work. Students will work on different types of projects – some of which are “hands on” – such as: draft memoranda and briefs for litigation; develop legislative reform proposals; analyze social science and psychological research; leverage the media; engage in written work for a variety of types of publications (legal journals, popular press, guides for practitioners, content for websites); provide strategic advice to start-ups; create, conduct, and analyze interviews. For instance:

  • In the child welfare area, students may work with a leading boutique impact litigation firm challenging states’ treatment of youth in foster care; with a new social venture to engage the media to promote the interests of foster care youth; with a model problem solving court for drug addicted parents.
  • In the education area, students may work alongside lawyers and community organizers to advocate for improved educational opportunities for low-income students; engage in efforts to ensure incarcerated youth receive high quality schooling.
  • In the juvenile justice area, students may develop trainings in best practices for staff at juvenile incarceration facilities; fight for improved conditions of confinement for juveniles; advocate for offenders who have received life without parole sentences as juveniles.

Matching Process: Once enrolled in the Clinic, CAP will provide students a list of fieldwork placement sites and possible projects. Students will give CAP information about their background and interests and rank their placement preferences. They will be matched with a placement to the degree possible in accordance with their preferences.

Visit the CAP website for a Master List of organizations where clinic Winter/Spring students have been placed in prior years.

Child Advocacy Clinic Fieldwork (Spring)

Prof. Elizabeth Bartholet
Spring Term
3 or 4 clinical credits (plus 2 required classroom credits)

Required Class Component: Child Advocacy Clinical Seminar (2 spring credits). Once a student enrolls in the clinic, the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs will enroll them in the required course.
Additional Co-/Pre-Requisites: None.
By Permission: No.
Add/Drop Deadline: December 8, 2014.
LLM Students: LLM students may apply to this clinic by submitting an application.
Placement Site: Various externship placements. Click here for a master list of placement sites since CAPs inception.

The CAP Clinic is designed to educate students about a range of social change strategies and to encourage critical thinking about the pros and cons of different approaches. The CAP Clinic includes both a classroom seminar and clinical fieldwork component. A variety of substantive areas impacting the lives of children are addressed with a focus on child welfare (abuse and neglect, foster care, and adoption), education, and juvenile justice. The Clinic is relevant for students not only with a particular interest in children's issues but also for those more generally interested in social change.

Enrollment Options: The Child Advocacy Clinic offers two different clinical fieldwork options: a spring-only clinic and a winter-spring clinic. This offering is for the spring Child Advocacy Clinic. Spring clinical students work part-time (15-20 hours/week for 3-4 clinical credits) at local organizations in the Greater Boston area. Enrollment in the spring clinic is capped at 14 students.

Fieldwork Component: Students are placed in a wide array of fieldwork settings, ranging from organizations providing individual advocacy, to those promoting systemic change through impact litigation and legislative reform, to grassroots organizing initiatives, to social enterprises. Some students will work for reform from within the system and others from outside. Students will work on different types of projects such as: engage in courtroom advocacy; participate in school and home visits; assist with interviews of child victims; analyze social science and psychological research; leverage the media and write op-ed articles; prepare for city council or legislative hearings; provide trainings to youth, parents, teachers, attorneys, and police officers; develop legislative reform proposals; participate in mediations; and provide strategic advice to start-ups. For instance:.

  • In the child welfare area, CAP students may represent individual children who are abused and neglected, serve alongside District Attorneys prosecuting caretakers accused of child maltreatment, or work with a new social venture to engage the media to promote the interests of foster care youth.
  • In the education area, CAP students may engage in efforts to advance educational outcomes for low-income students, participate in a campaign to provide children access to high quality early education, work with a city councilor to improve Boston inner-city schools, or work with the state agency charged with overseeing schools on issues such as charter schools, assessment and accountability, student rights, and school discipline.
  • In the juvenile justice area, CAP students may support legislative changes to improve conditions of confinement for juveniles, promote policies to reform the justice system for youth of color, develop programs to improve police-youth interactions, or join efforts to combat life without parole sentences for juveniles.

Many placements cut across substantive areas. Students may serve as law clerks in the juvenile court, alongside mediators to resolve disputes involving children, with a non-profit serving homeless children, or with a medical-legal collaborative aimed at improving child well-being.

Matching Process: Once enrolled in the Clinic, CAP will provide students a list of fieldwork placement sites and possible projects. Students will give CAP information about their background and interests and rank their placement preferences. They will be matched with a placement to the degree possible in accordance with their preferences.

Visit the CAP website for a Master List of organizations where Spring clinic students have been placed in prior years.

 

 

Last modified: December 19, 2014

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