The news is still sketchy but Professor Marianne H. Skanland has alerted me about more than one article in Norwegian newspapers that seem to verify the headline above. Baby Aria was taken from her parents just days after being born and according to the news articles and Facebook comments it appears that she has finally been returned to her rightful parents.
Aria was born on January 13th, 2015 at 10:53 am. Ten days later the “Norwegian Child Welfare Services” took Aria away from Ken and Vibeke for ridiculous reasons. She has been away from her real father and mother almost 2 and 1/2 years now. Ken and Vibeke have worked tirelessly to retain the rights to their daughter whose name was changed at least twice while in custody (in a foster home somewhere unknown to her real parents).
Thank you to anyone who prayed about this situation. I have put up occasional articles about the Family’s situation and this story is at the top of the three active ones that I have been following for some time. This reunion is not an everyday occurrence in Norway. It is quite miraculous. Ken and Vibeke have been persistent, brave, and wisely restrained in their efforts to get their daughter back. I will post more information here as I know more. There has been so much bad news coming out of Norway that I had to post this a.s.a.p. Today is a day for celebration!!!
The headline is true. Aria has been returned to her parents. Ken has verified it for me in a Facebook comment (see below).
Conversation from Facebook today:
Ken Joar Olsen:
“Thank you my friend, and sorry that i haven’t informed in English to you all. But between my tears, from all the praise and congratulations the private messages in my inbox. And especially the two princesses demanding me to be a climbing three, a burping station and a sandwich maker. I had a short appointment with the dentist… So now i am using some free minutes whilst they are in the shop, to get out some thank you messages to GREAT people like you that by your support. Forever will be a part of our now huge family and story. So hugs from us, and best wishes to you and yours.”
“No worries my friend. I saw all of the notes of congratulation on a couple of facebook posts and I knew you were busy. Many people have followed your case and the news is gladly received in many countries. I particularly figured that you would be spending some much needed catch up family time.
How cool is it to be a climbing tree?
As soon as the dust settles a bit, maybe you can write something about how this worked out. It will please me greatly to remove your story from “Recent Accounts of Children Taken” on my blog. I am thankful to God for answering our prayers. Have a great day my friend and may God continue to bless you and your family.”
Posts on this Blog about Ken’s story:
Ken Joar Olsen and his Aria – Norway
NOW AND FOREVER OUR DAUGHTER…SEEING ARIA TODAY
BABY ARIA HAS NEVER SLEPT IN HER OWN CRIB
Ken Joar Olsen, My Good Friend, Speaks in Trondheim
My Friend Ken and CPS Recorded/Vibeke Speaks
NORWAY…A COUNTRY WHERE EVEN ART IS UPSIDE DOWN!!!
May God compensate the family for the tears and psychic wounds and for the lost time!
Good to hear from you, Jasper. I think the family is going to seek compensation for the unnecessary pain that has been caused. I’m not sure of it, so we’ll have to watch and see what happens.
Hope all is well with you and your family!
Even if Norway probably deserves to pay financial compensation…
I was first and foremost was thinking of blessing that only God could provide: not bumping into the scars again and again, just living together as Aria had lived them from birth…
Looking at your comment I can see that now, Jasper. And that is, of course, the most important thing. I will thank you for Ken and his family as I know, if he see this, it is what he would do.
I appreciate kind comments, Jasper.
May God bless you as well.
A short summary of the story in Norwegian:
Note that Fontene is the labor union for child welfare employees…
Thank you, Jasper!
Praise God, Chris! This is wonderful news. Thank you for your involvement!
It is wonderful news, indeed, Maria! And you’re welcome. It is a blessing to get to know people like these. Norway is a dark place, spiritually, and I try to encourage Bible reading to those whom I have a chance to get close to.
I must add, sadly, that I get the feeling that we (the U.S.) are heading the same direction that Norway has when it comes to Christianity. So many are members of a church there but do not believe. Many members of “churches” there are atheists. It, like the other Scandinavian countries, need our prayers.
Chris, it’s good that you have taken the opportunity to help in this dark place. Yes, much prayer and labor are needed!
Indeed. We have hope no matter how dark things get as you well know. The love that our Lord has for us will help us in any case. He will never leave us nor forsake us. 🙂
Amen, Chris – never!