Families and children

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

Marriage and cohabitation

Marriage can be entered into between two people of the opposite sex or of the same sex. Marriage is of legal importance to the spouses in a number of areas.


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

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.

Related topics



The Children Act regulates the determination of the mother and father. The woman who gives birth to the baby is the child's mother and, if the parents are married, the man to whom the mother is married is counted as the child's father.

Amendments to the Adoption Act

The task of investigating prospective adoptive parents will be transferred from the municipalities to the regions in the Norwegian Children, Youth and Family Affairs Service on 1 February 2015.

More on Families and children


The Child Welfare Act

Act relating to Child Welfare Services

A good childhood lasts a lifetime

The action plan A good childhood lasts a lifetime covers the period 2014-2017, and comprises 43 measures aimed at combating violence and sexual abuse against children and youth.

Find document

The most important documents are bills (propositions), white papers, hearing documents and Official Norwegian Reports (NOUs). These documents are primarily available in Norwegian.


Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion

Phone: +47 22 24 90 90
Address: Akersgata 59, 0180 Oslo, Postboks 8036 Dep, 0030 Oslo