Research on the effects of foster care has shown that maltreated children who are placed in foster care often exhibit higher levels of problem behaviors than children who were not removed from the care of their parents, particularly if the foster caregivers are unfamiliar to the child.The most commonly held explanation for these findings is that disruptions to the parent-child attachment are so unsettling to children, even those who were maltreated by their parents, that they result in negative socio-emotional outcomes ranging from mild to quite severe (Lawrence, Carlson, & Egeland, 2006)," A study report published by the US national medical library states.However, in most cases the real parents are forced to pay up for their children's upkeep.In another article she has revealed that according to Norway’s Statistics Bureau, as many as 12,492 children received ‘placement measures’; between 20, as many as 19 out of 1,000 children born to immigrant parents were taken away from their families. In 2010 it spent 7.7 billion NOK (krone), up from 930 million of the previous year.The Romanian family's case in which the five Bodnariu children had been taken from their parents in 2015, for accepting that their parents spanked them occasionally, has caused an outrage, because the five children including a three-month-old baby have been taken away and are under foster care as the welfare service allegedly found the parents unfit to raise their kids.At first sight, it's easy to point a finger at the parents, and maybe they are at fault, but is punishing your child make you an unfit parent?However, according to the authorities, Barnevernet is only doing its job and upholding Norwegian law, as what happens inside a family according to minister Solveig Horne is no longer a family matter.
In 2014 two children from an Indian family working in Norway were snatched from their family because of cultural differentiation.
Marianne Haslev Skanland, a professor emeritus in Bergen, in her blog article "Child protection in Norway: Making parents pay", clearly states that when the authorities take a family's children, they place the children with foster parents or in institutions which are paid large sums of money for the upkeep of the children.
"Foster parents normally receive very good payment, often split up between different sums so that the total does not show: so much compensation for costs of food and clothing etc for the child, so much over another budget post for additional expenses, so much as straight wages or compensation for having to stay at home instead of having a job, so much for extra holidays away from the foster children, who are then sent off to other relief-fosterers.
In fact according to reports the children had been taken from the parents because, the four-year-old son was being fed by his mother's hand, did not have appropriate toys and slept in his father’s bed.
There was no diaper changing table for the baby and when she was being breastfed, the mother only cradled the baby's head and not the whole body.