InsightThe child welfare service in the prosperous Nordic country faces accusations of forcibly taking away children from perfectly capable parents.
For instance, Natalya’s children were taken away under an ‘emergency order’ which allows the child welfare officials to take custody of children without a court ruling.
“They said it’s too late and my granddaughter has developed feelings toward foster parents and it won’t be good for her mental health,” says Nedrebo.
To justify their decision, Barnevernet case officers presented observations about incidents common in homes with toddlers.
The government spends more than $2 billion each year on child welfare services, which includes payments made to foster parents and foster institutions.