Protest at Norwegian embassy accuses children’s rights service of stealing children

Protesters in front of the Norwegian embassy in Vilnius
DELFI / Tomas Vinickas

The event, organised by the Nationalists’ Union party, was attended by several members from the Labour party and a group from Rokiškis that came to support Vida Baužienė. According to her, her 8- and 10-year-old grandchildren were taken from her son’s family in Norway 7 months ago. Other similar removals of children from Lithuanian families in Norway, which Barnevernet has said was due to physical abuse or other factors, have sparked a controversy about the service’s actions and the standards it uses to determine if a family is unsuitable.

“There was a case recently – nothing – they have no evidence that would allow them to take the children, but they won’t return them,” Baužienė told reporters.

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