Family policy and child adoption in the 1900’s and today

Cecilia studies children, family and parenthood in relation to welfare institutions, legislative processes, social policy, and professional practices. She specializes in domestic and intercountry adoption in the 20th century and today.

Cecilia’s research stems from an interest in State regulation of family formation and family life, and, more specifically, in notions of ‘the child’s best interest’ and ‘parenting capacity’ in family law, social work practices and people’s everyday lives. In relation to child adoption, these concepts are constantly negotiated, and what meanings they are ascribed has consequences for the future lives of individuals. Her work includes studies on the history of domestic and intercountry adoption, adoptees’ perspectives on background and roots, and today’s assessment of parenting capacity.

Cecilia is PI for the research project “Preparing for parenthood” in which she, together with three colleagues, examines the assessment process preceding an adoption. She is also part of the European network "Platform for a cultural history of children's media" and has studied representations of children and elderly in the American drama TV series Mad Men. Cecilia also works with a group of Child Studies researchers planning a project on Swedish child allowances in welfare policy and family life.

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Associate Professor at Child Studies, Department of Thematic Studies, Linköping university

Vice Dean for Educational Sciences at Linköping university

Senior lecturer at Child Studies, Department of Thematic Studies, Linköping university

Ph.D. at Department of Thematic Studies, Linköping university

Degree of Master of Science for Upper Secondary and Adult Education, Linköping university


Child Studies