I saw a video today that made my hair stand on end. It was about the Norwegian child protection agency, the Barnevernet.
The video, about twenty five minutes long, tells the story of how several parents were deprived of their children for ‘reasons’ like a childhood in a foster home or a slap on the wrist or putting your hand on your child’s shoulder to make them stop and listen, or a false accusation of sexual harassment from a parent that the police and the doctors and the other parent say didn’t exist.
It reminds me of Aldous Huxley and ‘Nineteen Eighty Four’.
What society is it that deprives children of their families for no reason and allows the parents only eight hours a year to see their child, then reduces them to four because the parents took them to court?
How is it beneficial for children to be removed without a word from their house and then ten days later wordlessly dumped on their desolate parents’ doorstep again?
This is Europe. A country that is widely respected for its advanced ideas on social integration and solidarity.
The Norwegian authorities have been prosecuted by the EU court of Human Rights four times, yet nothing has changed.
If this is in the best interest of the children or society, it is quite difficult to explain.
I add a link to the video in English, but it can also be seen in Spanish and French.