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How Children can legally be abducted in Norway

When Norways Child Welfare Services ‚Barnevernet‘ remove a child from the parents and place it in foster care, they do so by law code 4.12, section A – D in the child protective laws of Norway.

Out of all forced removals, against the parents will, ONLY 20% is caused by drug abuse, neglect, violence or abuse – of any kind. Only 20%! This fact is provided by the official statistic bureau of Norway. The real number could be even lower, ca. 10%. What about the remaining 80% of the forced removals? In the remaining cases there are NO signs or suspicions of abuse or neglect at the time of removal.

So, why are children taken away if they are cared for and not suffering abuse or neglect in any form by their parents? To answer this question we must take a closer look at the law code 4.12 section A- D

In most cases children are removed by law code 4.12 section A or D.

4.12 section D instruct the state to remove a child if they suspect the child will suffer neglect or abuse somewhere in the FUTURE. Even if the child is cared for in present time barnevernet can raise concern if they guess or suspect that the parents capability to give proper care will be insufficient with time.

In order to predict the parents possible future care giving abilities, Barnevernet use methods that are based on guessing and speculations.

Some terms from psychology and theories – such as attachment theories – are added to these speculations to give them a scientific guise. However, the methods that are used are NOT scientific or reliable! Research strongly suggests that these methods are unreliable and in fact useless and they have been widely criticized by professionals. Still, these questionable methods, based on guessing and speculation are evolving.

As a result, children are removed from their parents with no reason other than uncertain, and often constructed or biased predictions about the future. Since these rulings are based on uncertain and vague speculations about the future, the decicions are hard to disprove and are therefore final.

4.12 section A enables the state to remove a child if the physical and psychological conditions surrounding the child doesn’t live up to the expected standard set by Norway’s Child Welfare Services.

As a result, children are being removed because the parents have cultural differences or they can’t afford housing, clothing and healthy food that meet the standard set by Norway’s Child Welfare Services.

Strangly enough Norway’s Child Welfare Services have limited opportunities to offer any practical help to families in need. The whole system seems to be a setup for easily removal of children. In Norway, the laws, especially 4.12 section D has been criticized for several years. Despite the fact that similar concerns are being raised across borders, nothing is done to change the laws!


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