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. Cecilia’s 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 supervises a PhD project within the growing field of ‘disabled children’s childhood studies’, which aims to explore the co-construction of ‘meaningful leisure time’ in holiday and weekend camps for children with intellectual and/or neuropsychiatric disabilities.

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Associate professor in Child Studies, Department of Thematic Studies, Linköping university

Docent in Child Studies, Department of Thematic Studies, Linköping university

Vice Dean for Educational Sciences, Linköping university

Senior lecturer in 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



Cecilia Lindgren, Johanna Sjöberg

Sustaining and transgressing borders. The relationship between children and the elderly in Mad Men.

In Connecting childhood and old age in popular media

Chapter in book


Judith Lind, Cecilia Lindgren

Displays of parent suitability in adoption assessment reports

In Child & Family Social Work

Article in journal

Child Studies