Families and children

The Ministry of Children and Families endeavours to ensure that children and young people get a good upbringing and that families can feel secure, both financially and socially.

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Child Welfare

The primary duty of the child welfare services is to ensure that children and young people living under conditions that may harm their health and development will receive the necessary assistance when they need it, and to contribute to giving children and young people safe conditions for growing up.

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An adoption order may only be issued when it can be assumed that adoption is in the best interests of the child. The fundamental condition of the child's best interests applies to all forms of adoption.

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Parental benefit, child benefit and cash benefit

Each year, large amounts of money are transferred from the public purse to families with children: parental benefit, child benefit and cash benefits for the parents of infants.

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1996 Hague Convention enters into force

Norway’s ratification of the 1996 Hague Child Protection Convention will strengthen our cooperation with other states when parental conflicts and child welfare cases arise that involve more than one country. The Convention will enter into force on 1 July 2016.


The Child Welfare Act

Act relating to Child Welfare Services


Department of Childhood, Youth and Family Affairs

Phone: +47 22 24 25 19
Address: Postboks 8036 Dep, 0030 Oslo
Visitor address: Akersgata 59, Oslo

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