The forced adoption that can change Norwegian Barnevern for ever: My children ask when they can meet their big brother. I cannot answer them.
Now Norway has to answer to the European Court of Human Rights.
This is the title on the front page of Dagbladet News, a popular Norwegian newspaper. This is the most critical article toward the Norwegian CPS to date.
After months of international anti-Barnevernet pressure we are starting to see some effect inside Norway. There have been TV programs as well as other isolated articles pointing to the demonstrations held in Europe, America and Australia.
But this article is different. It highlights a case against Norway brought before the European Court of Humans Rights. This is a big deal. Norway must answer before the Court if it violated article 8 of the Convention pertaining to family rights in a 2008 case where a child was confiscated and given into adoption without considering the grandparents wishes to adopt the child. Moreover the Court is concerned that human rights were violated in the handling of the case.
The article then brings sharp criticism toward CPS showing statistics of child confiscation:
“The number of children and young people placed outside the home by the end of the year increased by 58 percent from 2003 to 2014. In relation to the population aged 0-22 years, the number placed in care increased from 7 to 10 per 1000 children and adolescents from 2003 to 2014.”
These are insanely high numbers. The number of employees in Barnevernet has almost doubled in the same time period as well.
A petition signed by 170 Norwegian CPS professionals raises serious concern about how aggressive and intrusive the system has become in Norway. It states:
“Too often we see that biological parents, who do not have all the world’s resources to back them up stand no chance against a big and powerful public apparatus… There is hardly any other area of society where government intervenes so radically into people’s private sphere.”
One thing is clear: Barnevernet is a large locomotive with huge inertia. It is now under assault from various angles. It has many rocks, darts, bullets, protests, articles, blogs, social media posts etc, flying at it. Barnevernet knows it is under unprecedented attack. April 16th, 2016 will be a major blow to this arrogant system.
More and more Norwegians are joining our cause everyday, and today’s article in Dagbladet will sound a major alarm.
Keep the pressure on. The massive locomotive shows signs of slowing down. It must be stopped.
Photo: Marius Reikeras