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What about the parents who deprived their children?

We are happy for that prime minister Erna Solberg points out that child welfare in its nyttårstale. She calls for more success stories. It makes we also. But to get more success stories, child welfare authorities must also focus on the children's parents.

The overriding principle in the Law on barnevernstjenesten is the principle of the child's best interests. This should be the guiding principle of all welfare services themselves. But is it so that it is to the child's best interests that the parents be pushed on the sidelines?

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In our research, we talk with parents who are deprived of the care of their children. They tell stories about the shame, stigma, lack of information from the child welfare, degrading treatment etc. In addition, the experience many a tremendous grief, sense of to not stretch to the experience of injustice, a lack of understanding and explanation of why, etc. Several are angry and have a very demanding cooperation with child welfare. Such a situation is not to the child's best interests.

Child welfare service in Norway has as its task to follow up with parents after omsorgsovertakelse. This follow-up has proven to be both demanding and rough, especially in the power of barnevernets dobbeltrolle as that on the one hand, moving the children, in many cases against the parent's will, and then they should help their parents in the context of the location. Therefore, it was in 2014, and gave the money to the state family counselling service should establish a nationwide offer for this foreldregruppen.

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Parents we have interviewed, says this assistance has been crucial for them, and they pull especially up the importance of meeting other parents in the same situation. Politicians and professionals have made a great effort to prepare such a bid. Many places in the country, they have developed both the groups and individual follow on quotation for the parents. Nevertheless, much work remains to be done to ensure that a nationwide offer is a reality.

We believe parents who are deprived of the care of their children, is a group of people who often fall outside the welfare state has been able to offer help. This is a group that has been shown little dignity. We believe such help is of vital importance for just to create more success stories in child welfare.

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This is also supported in a report from the Un population's expectations from July 2018, which the Norwegian child welfare authorities are criticized for not facilitating sufficient collaboration with the parents, especially minoritetsforeldre.

We agree with prime minister Erna Solberg in that child welfare authorities need more success stories, but we add that the success stories also must include good follow-up by parents who are deprived of the care, either they get their children returned or not. Such success stories we'd like to hear more of.

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