Adoption

Published under: Solberg's Government

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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.

Adoption applications are dealt with by the regions in the Children, Youth and Family Affairs Service and any adoption inquiries should be sent there. 

Adoption applications are dealt with by the regions in the Children, Youth and Family Affairs Service. These are applications to adopt a child in Norway (domestic adoptions) and applications for advance consent to the adoption of a foreign child (foreign adoptions). Information on adoption can be found on the Children, Youth and Family Affairs Service website. Adoption inquiries are to be sent to the Children, Youth and Family Affairs Service. We currently have three adoption organisations in Norway:

  • Adopsjonsforum
  • Children of the World (Verdens barn)
  • InorAdopt.

The Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs is the appeal body in adoption cases. The Directorate is also a central authority pursuant to the Hague Convention of 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption.

The Adoption Act has been amended pursuant to the Act of 25 April 2014 relating to amendments to the Adoption Act (cf Prop. 171 L (2012-2013) Amendments to the Adoption Act, et seq).