PLACED IN DANGER AND HIDDEN FROM VIEW
Norway’s government office for children and family affairs, purposely puts children into environments that are knowingly dangerous and neglectful. Negative information about the foster/emergency home is then omitted from reports.
According to Asle Hansen in his article “Dangerous medication blunder and concerns about neglect are not mentioned in the final report on a controversial emergency home”, it is highlighted that mistakes and neglect in emergency care homes are covered up and hidden by Bufetat from the public eye.
The article following the commentary here exposes some very disturbing findings. Bufetat (The Office for Children, Youth and Family Affairs, a government body responsible for the ‘practical’ aspects of child welfare (the approval and management of child welfare institutions, recruitment and training of foster families)), purposely uses foster and emergency homes even though neglect has been discovered there. This information is then hidden from the final report about the children and home. And, Bufetat also supports placements going by the reports, without the children being given a say.
Children are ripped apart from their biological families and given to foster/emergency homes without any genuine quality assurance of the home carried out. Children are then sent into troubled and neglectful emergency care homes, that can be far worse than where they were taken from. Bufetat constantly advertises these homes as if children were to be sold at an auction. To lure potential clients, bonuses are also part of their advertising campaign.
Many people are making money from other peoples’ miseries, from the taking and placement of children from normal families. Children are often dragged away from their parents/school while screaming in protest; their needs are totally overlooked in the process.
The trauma that children experience in those five minutes when child welfare personnel needlessly drag them into a car, is then followed by the trauma of being placed in a foreign home, where they hardly ever see their family again (perhaps for a few hours per year). This often creates in children life-long trauma and grief.
The care decision cases that deal with violence/abuse or intoxication are around 10% of all children removed from their families, according to Norwegian statistics. The majority of children are taken away from well-functioning families where the children have a caring and safe relationship with their parents. Some of these families may need a little bit of help or support, but they do not need to be recklessly destroyed by Norway’s child welfare system.
On top of this, there are childless couples in Norway who are on a waiting list, in the hope of getting a young child or baby from the “toddler bank”. Allegedly, the Norwegian Prime Minister set this “toddler bank” up a few years ago, posting the information on a government website. After causing suspicion and criticism, it was removed. Some believe that it’s still up and running, but hidden in the background. The youngest children seem to be the most popular. And, forced adoption has become a child welfare measure that is used more and more, and children often have no voice and rights in this matter. Biological parents and their children are left ruined, and needlessly destroyed for life — without any support or opportunity to see their children or to know how they are doing.
The following commentary is an English translation of the Dagbladet article:
June 22, 2019, by Asle Hansen in Dagbladet (the daily newspaper), one of Norway’s largest newspapers with around 1.4mil daily readers.
On Monday 31 May, Dagbladet reported that the county governor has concluded that a crime has been committed in a case where the public [authorities] allowed two young children to stay under worrying conditions in an emergency home for a year and a half.
Following the placement of the children, which lasted from April 2015 to October 2016, the emergency home in 2017 and 2018 has been responsible for a total of six other children, four girls and two boys, aged 0 to 15, in periods from 20 to 196 days.
A total of 18 children have been placed in the emergency home from 2011 to 2019.
Regional Director Jonny Berg in Bufetat, central Norway, states that: “between each placement of children in the emergency home, they make a final report to ensure that all emergency homes are well-equipped to accommodate new children“
“We have reviewed all the final reports on the home in question, and there is nothing in them that states that placing children in the home was not justifiable,” Berg said.
In this case there were serious reports of concerns from neighbours about the care situation that a six-year-old boy and a one-year-old girl lived under, only weeks after the two children were placed there in 2015.”
In a letter to the County Governor of South-Trøndelag on 22 September 2016, the Fosen child welfare service made it clear that they were not aware that the female emergency caretaker „needed this type of medication“. But, they knew about other concerns that was worrying.
All of this information, apart from the child welfare service’s report of concern, was well-known to Bufetat, in central Norway when a final report for the little girl was written on 18 November 2016.
When the final report for her big brother was written on December 5, 2016, this report was also on Bufetat’s table.
Dagbladet has access to the final reports for the two children. There is nothing in the reports that indicates that there have been problems related to this emergency home. (!)
The concerns from neighbours, the children’s mother and the child welfare service are not mentioned in one sentence. What also wasn’t mentioned was the potentially dangerous incident where the boy took antidepressants with him when meeting his family.
Dagbladet has asked for regional director Jonny Berg’s comments on this, “in light of the fact that the regional director uses all the final reports for placements in this home as a basis for claiming that it was prudent to place new children there“.
Communication manager Anne Therese Melby at Bufetat, in central Norway commented that she responds on behalf of regional director Jonny Berg.
Bufetat: „We’ve gone through all the final reports on that particular home, and they contain nothing that says it was not safe to place children there,“ said Berg.
Dagbladet: „What is the reason for Bufetat avoiding negative information about the emergency home in its final reports?“
Bufetat: „It is the development of the child that is important in the final report.“
Dagbladet: „Is this the focus throughout all the final reports for all the 18 children who have been placed in this home?“
Bufetat: „Yes. The final reports deal with how the child has been doing during the measure.“
Dagbladet: „How central are these final reports in the assessment of whether the emergency home / foster home is prudent?“
Bufetat: „When it comes to evaluating emergency care homes, we have a system where after each individual placement we have an evaluation meeting with the home and evaluation together with the relevant municipality and contributors. This is to ensure that both positive and negative conditions are highlighted“, writes Melbye on behalf of the regional director and continues, “Together with the final report to the children, this forms the basis for whether new children should be placed in this home. The guidance is a continuous process that is going on all the time, through several locations. We have an evaluation after each placement.”
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