WARNING: There’s a Catch in Norway’s Ratification of the 1996 Hague Convention
NEW RULES: When Norway ratify Hague ’96 -Convention July 1, will CPS will be required to investigate whether children can be placed with relatives abroad. – There will be a possibility that the family abroad assume care, says Minister of Children and Equality Minister Solveig Horne. Photo: Øistein Norum Monsen / Dagbladet
Dagbladet reported the ratification of the 1996 Hague Convention to deal with disputed child welfare cases.
Many on social media lauded the move as a positive development, but Delight in Truth had reservations about the intentions of this action. Dagbladet actually writes that the move was done “to calm tempers.” In other words, politicians do what they do best. Talk.
I am not sure if this ratification will help disputed cases that are currently in the system. The article states that involuntary foster placements (“care orders”) are excluded from the convention. Therefore, cases like the Bodnariu, Nan, and Michalakova would not fall under the protection of the Convention because the children were removed on Barnevernet order or court order and involuntarily placed in foster care.
This is the interpretation given by Dagbladet. If indeed this is the case, Norway is stalling. Norway is not interested in real reform to deal with disputed international CPS cases.
Norway does not have a systematic plan to resolve international involuntary foster care cases, and seems to be unwilling to form one. Their default is to let the cases drag on and on for years.
I have spoken to social workers in the US, and while our system can be vicious in many respects, the explicit goal in the US foster system is always reunification with the family as soon as conditions permit. Not so in Norway. Once the family has been targeted, reunification seems to be Barnevernet’s last resort.
Here’s an interesting statement made by Minister Horne: “The child’s attachment to the state should be given particular emphasis…” talking about the decision to move the child abroad with family. Just ponder that for a minute… “Attachment to the state” over family. It will be interesting to see what Delight in Truth visitors think about this.
Norway should have resolved the Bodnariu case months ago. The continued confiscation of these children continues to aim the international spotlight on Norway. Everyday more and more people find out about it.
It is hard to believe that Norway continues to let this drag on. To their shame.