Child, Family and State

Child, Family and State

Professor Elizabeth Bartholet
Spring 2019 course
T, W 3:20pm - 4:50pm in Griswold Hall Room 110
3 classroom credits

Prerequisites: None

Exam Type: One Day Take-Home

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.

Text is Abrams, Mangold & Ramsey, CHILDREN AND THE LAW (6th ed. 2017)
Supplemental text is Bartholet, NOBODY’S CHILDREN (1999)


Subject Areas: Family, Gender & Children's Law