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.
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.
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.
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.