‘Family tragedy’ unfolds at Stord

UPDATED: A three-year-old boy was found murdered in a house at Stord on Norway’s west coast, and a 13-year-old boy later identified as his foster brother has confessed to killing him. The 13-year-old’s father was also seriously injured and taken to hospital in Bergen after the family violence that’s shocked the small community. Police were […]

Indian custody dispute resolved

A Norwegian court has formally resolved a bitter custody dispute over two children who’d been living in Stavanger with their parents from India. The children can now legally be placed in the care of an uncle in India. The children, aged one and three, were placed in a foster home last year after Norway’s state […]

Talks continued in child welfare case

Norwegian authorities confirmed that negotiations were continuing to find a solution in a child welfare case that’s sparked international media attention, but said no agreement had been reached or affirmed by the court involved. The case involves two small children, both citizens of India, who were taken from their parents’ home in Stavanger and placed […]

Støre involved in child welfare case

Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre has taken the unusual move of involving himself in a child welfare case involving a family from India, after it sparked international media coverage over the weekend and allegations of cultural prejudice. Both Støre and officials at Noway’s child protection agency Barnevernet insist no prejudice or misunderstandings are involved. The […]

Drunk parents forget kids on holiday

Some Norwegian embassies in countries popular with vacationing Norwegians have been dealing with a thorny problem of late: Drunken adults who forget their children while on holiday in foreign countries. The children face traveling home alone, when their parents fail to turn up for flight departure times. Newspaper Aftenposten reported Wednesday that Norwegian embassies in […]

Child protection agency ‘in crisis’

The Norwegian juvenile authority Barnevernet has been under heavy criticism all week, and the government ministry in charge of it as well, after a teenager under its care ran away and later was found dead. The government minister ultimately responsible for Barnevernet, Audun Lysbakken of the Socialist Left (SV) party, cut short his summer holiday […]