ESCAPE TO DUBAI

April 30, 2018

Photo from
Step Up 4 Children’s Rights

“In early 2017, a Swedish/Finnish family that once lived in Norway, has now fled to Dubai. Norway’s child welfare services wanted to remove their daughter a second time. Now, they’re fighting to get their rights back. Hear from the mother and her brave 10-year old child as they share their sad story in the linked interview.”
– Step Up 4 Children’s Rights

My Austrian Christian friend, Bjorn Korf, has done a great deal to publicize the sad stories of families being split up without reason by Norwegian “Child Welfare Services” named the Barneveret. Click on the link below to get to the 22 minute podcast described above.

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http://stepup4childrensrights.com/podcast/11-escape-to-dubai/


Breastfeeding not allowed? The case of Amy J.

December 21, 2017

Bjorn Korf and Amy Jakobsen
Photo by Jo Hoffman

Written by Björn Korf

Amy J. is an American citizen who lives in Norway. In July 2013 her worst nightmare began. Without any warning, the Norwegian Child Welfare Services known as ‘Barnevernet’ accompanied by police knocked at her door, saying that her 19-month-old son Tyler had to be taken to a hospital for an examination immediately.

What happened? In the weeks leading up to the taking of Tyler, the young mother was increasingly concerned about the growth curve of her 18-month-old son. Tyler did not yet want to move to more solid food but instead continued to prefer breastmilk. Tyler was Amy’s first child, so she lacked the experience to know that children can develop quite individually. But, being a concerned mother, Amy even took Tyler for medical check-ups three times a month in order to monitor the growth process very closely. Then, came the summer. Amy went on a vacation with Tyler to America for two weeks and visited friends and relatives.

But, as soon as they returned back to Norway, the child welfare service, together with the police came to her house, saying that Tyler must be examined immediately in a hospital. Amy found out later that someone had alerted the youth welfare office in order to maliciously harm her. Being completely overwhelmed by the situation Amy agreed to go to a hospital with them. Also, Kevin M., the Norwegian father of the child came along. At the hospital a doctor diagnosed Tyler as “slightly underweight.” The boy would have had to weigh 10 kg, the doctor said. But Tyler weighed only 9.6 kg, which is actually not a reason for a concern according to the weight charts. The doctor also criticized that Amy was still breastfeeding her son.

Instead of offering advice to improve the nursing, the employees of the child welfare office now wanted to intervene on the basis of the medical diagnosis and remove the child from the mother. This led to a verbal confrontation which the father filmed with his smartphone. It’s a scene that can now be found on Youtube. “When will I see my son again?” Asked Kevin M. “We cannot tell you that yet,” replied one of the employees of the child welfare office. Finally, Kevin was ejected from the hospital as the argument got louder and louder.

What followed next was like a scene from a Hollywood movie. Kevin went back to the hospital and put on a doctor’s outfit. In disguise, he was able to go to room where his little son Tyler was taken in the meantime. He took his son unnoticed, left the building in a hurry, and drove around the area aimlessly, knowing that these might be the last moments with his son. Finally, he was stopped by several police cars. One police officer on the roadside even threw a big stone at the car, which nearly hit his child.

Kevin was then detained for one night for attempted child abduction. He was released the next day, because a judge realized that Kevin was the biological father and he still had parental rights. However, little Tyler remained in the care of the Norwegian child welfare office. For the time being the parents still had the right to visit and occasionally see Tyler – in a police station behind double-locked doors. But, a year later the visitation rights were cancelled. The authorities saw a potential abduction risk as Amy is an American citizen and they didn’t want her to take Tyler to America. In the following court trials this was also the main argument for removing parental rights from both her and Kevin. On September 22, 2014, Amy saw her son for the last time. Up to now both she and Kevin don’t know where Tyler is and how he is doing.

In order to hide the child’s new whereabouts, the authorities changed Tyler’s name twice. At the age of four years old, Tyler already had three different names. And, why did this happen? The Norwegian Child Welfare Services stated that they acted only in the Child’s best interest. But, how can such traumatic experiences serve the best interests of a child at such a young age? Especially, in the first years of life, the love and affection of the biological mother are known to be of great importance for the healthy development of a child.

Meanwhile, Amy has gone through all legal options in Norway to get her son back. In the spring of 2016, the case was rejected by the Norwegian Supreme Court. But, Amy doesn’t want to give up. Through a Christian initiative in Vienna / Austria, Amy was able to get in contact with international lawyers. They looked at her case documents, discovered Human Rights violations and helped her to file the case to the European Court of Human Rights. Also, the Christian initiative in Vienna showed further interest in the case. They launched a campaign on Facebook in order to raise awareness for Amy. They challenged people to post a selfie of themselves holding a poster which stated, “Norway, return Tyler to Amy”.

It is still uncertain how the case of Amy J. will end up. Once again, a family in Norway was torn apart for no good reason. Once again, a child in Norway was sentenced to extreme traumatic experiences. And again, we are supposed to believe that it served the welfare of the child. After the many worldwide protests and media reports, the government in Norway has repeatedly stated that it wants to look more closely into their child care system. But, so far Norway clearly fails to implement anything.

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Written by Björn Korf

Björn comes originally from Germany. He is a radio station manager for a private Christian Radio broadcaster in Vienna / Austria. He is married to Hee-Jung from South Korea and they have two Children.

My comment: Amy’s is one of the three cases I am following in “Recent Accounts of Children Taken” at the top of this blog. Her story is bizarre yet, she is not unlike so many others in Norway.
I have known Bjorn for awhile now. I respect his continued efforts to help families like Amy’s.

CR


Nadia and Caspian’s Fight for Freedom – PART 2

September 4, 2017

Picture by Bjorn Korf

Written by Bjorn Korf
Edited by Margaret Hennum

It seemed to be the perfect happy ending for Nadia and her sweet little son Caspian. Caspian was taken by Norway’s Child Welfare System, barnevernet, in June of 2016. With the help of a good lawyer, international pressure, prayer and social media activities, Nadia won her case in September and Caspian came straight home.

They both stayed at Margaret and Dag Hennum’s home for a while, a lovely Christian couple, where they started to recover from the horrible trauma that Norway’s Child Welfare System had just caused in their lives. Even though the case was closed and Caspian was returned to his loving mother, barnevernet never apologised for their mistake.

In February 2017 Nadia moved to Ulsteinvik, looking forward to starting a new life. With her own new apartment and with a place for Caspian in a Kindergarten she was looking forward to finally leaving that dark chapter behind. Also, she was happy to establish new relationships with new people in the neighborhood who didn’t know anything about her past struggles with barnevernet. Everything seemed perfect, but things were about to change.

Margaret Hennum commented:

“It all started recently with a phone call that was listened to legally, and barnevernet was contacted about this. I’ve read this report and it states that Nadia said during the phone call that she had a headache.“

Two women from barnevernet with two policemen then showed up at Nadia’s new apartment. But Nadia wasn’t there because she was visiting friends. For several hours barnevernet were sneaking around the house like the former DDR-Stasi would and stayed until evening to see whether she would come home or not. They also interviewed the housekeeper about her parental skills. They even forced the owner of the house, helped by two policemen, to open Nadia’s apartment for them.

Once again they were violating Nadia’s rights. They didn’t have any legal grounds for these actions against her and what’s even worse they have again completely ruined both Nadia’s and Caspian’s whole new life. Barnevernet has totally destroyed her reputation and trust in the neighborhood​ and have terrorised her so much that Nadia had to cancel the apartment and Caspian’s place in the kindergarten.

Now, Nadia has to find a new place again to live.

Who is responsible for this never ending nightmare? It is barnevernet in Volda, and its leader Brynhild Solvang. And it is Anne-Beate Vartdal and Eva Andreassen Lynge who forced themselves into Nadia’s home, and it is Mr. Kyrre Grimstad. After this incident he wanted to force Nadia into a meeting but she was wise enough not to go. He left a message saying that barnevernet needs to know where she is, even though her case is closed. He also tried to contact Margaret and Dag Hennum in order to get hold of Nadia and Caspian. It is Mr. Grimstad who is responsible for not letting this mother and child live a normal life.

Shame on him and shame on Norway for not following standard legal procedures and for not respecting Human Rights and for causing so much pain in peoples lives.

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Kyrre Grimstad on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/kyrre.grimstad

Eva Andreassen Lynge on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/eva.a.lynge

#LetTheChildrenBeSetFree
#HumanRightsWatch
#StopBarnevernet
#Norway


Nadia and Caspian’s Fight for Freedom – PART 1

September 4, 2017

Photo by Bjorn Korf

Written by Bjorn Korf
Edited by Steven Bennett

Nadia’s first encounter with Norway’s Child Welfare System, barnevernet, was when she was 13 years old. Nadia was forcefully removed from school, separated from her siblings, put into an institution, which sadly didn’t help her but in fact, made her teenage years far worse.

“I have never received any real help from the child welfare system in Norway, they have destroyed my life and we have never met again as a whole family ever since,” says Nadia.

Several years later, in her late twenties, Nadia gave birth to a baby boy called Caspian (Dec 2015). And what Nadia feared most was soon to be realized. Barnevernet approached her again and threatened to take her baby away from her unless she would be willing to submit herself together with Caspian, into a mother’s home.

If you’re not Norwegian you might think that this is a place where mothers and their children are being properly cared for. But many Norwegians and international observers call these places “Horror homes for mothers”. These are the institutions where mothers and their babies are being observed and tested under stressful situations. For example, does the mother have sufficient eye contact with her baby? This is also a place with no privacy because of 24/7 Video surveillance.

Nadia was forced to stay in two of these mother’s homes even though the child welfare’s decision was not based on any legal ground. The people responsible in barnevernet didn’t have the authority from a judge which would have authorized them to put Nadia into such a place.

But sadly, Nadia didn’t know this – she was so afraid of losing her son forever, because of her own experience.

In May 2016, Nadia and Caspian left the mother’s home and found refuge at Margaret and Dag Hennum’s home. Margaret is a pediatric nurse and all her life she has been professionally working with Children. She lovingly observed Nadia and wrote reports which showed that Nadia is a loving and capable mother.

A few weeks later, on June 13th the unimaginable happened: Case workers, along with five policemen stormed the house and in true 1930’s Nazi or former DDR Stasi style, removed little Caspian from his bed where he was sleeping peacefully. And once again there were no legal grounds for this cold and calculated operation.

No court orders were shown, no arrest warrants. The policemen actually admitted to Margaret that they don’t really understand the situation themselves and that they’re only following orders.

The next few weeks Nadia lived in constant fear of permanently losing her son. She had occasional visitation rights and a lawyer started to work on her case.

This particular case caused a lot of awareness on social media and within a short time Nadia and Caspian became well known around the world. It doesn’t happen very often in Norway that Children are returned, when they have been unfairly taken, but with the help of a lawyer and through international pressure, with both prayer and social media activities, Nadia won her case. On 12 Sept 2016, Caspian finally came home to mummy.

In this same month, Nadia participated at the “Save the Children” symposium in Vienna. Check out this Video of Nadia and Margaret sharing details of the case:

(Nadia and Caspian are featured at the very beginning and at approx. the 9 minute mark.)

This may sound like a happy ending, but unfortunately it’s not. Norway’s child welfare never apologized to Nadia and now, a year later, they’re making life very difficult for them again.

Part two continues the story of Nadia and Caspian’s fight for freedom.

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For those of you who read many updates here about the story of the young Norwegian Mother, Nadia, who successfully fought the “Child Protection Services” (NCWS) of her own country to rightfully raise her son, these two posts condense the story and explain the continued harassment she receives to this very day. For those who didn’t read the updates, you will find the behavior of a “first world” country described in this report shocking. I have kept up with Nadia’s situation and have thought more than once about asking her if I could write another update. Her case has become very well known. The reports are written by a Christian man who lives in Austria who has worked tirelessly to help publicize stories like Nadia’s. I am grateful that he has allowed me to republish his articles here.

Chris Reimers

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Detailed articles from 2016 on Chris Reimers Blog:
https://chrisreimersblog.com/?s=caspian

Article from 2016 on Delight in Truth:
https://delightintruth.com/…/let-the-whole-world-hear-the-…/

#LetTheChildrenBeSetFree
#HumanRightsWatch
#StopBarnevernet
#Norway


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