Bodnariu Case Isn’t Going Away


Back in November, the department of Child Welfare in Norway removed five children from the custody of their parents, one Romanian (Bodnariu) and his wife (Norwegian). This issue continues to snowball:

Thousands of people took to the streets over the weekend in Romania’s major cities, as well as in other European and American cities, in support of the Bodnariu family.

The Romanian government has said that the country’s ambassador in Norway will meet the Norwegian Minister of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion on Wednesday to discuss the situation.

In some countries, like the United States and Norway, the government has wide latitude to remove children from homes where severe abuse is suspected. In other countries, like Romania, this almost never happens. Romania, in particular, is extremely sensitive to the separation of children from their families due to widespread abuse of the adoption process back in the 1990s.

I’ve read all kinds of reports about this case, and it’s impossible to figure out exactly what kind of abuse was alleged to have occurred against the Bodnariu kids, and whether or not it justifies removing the kids from the home. The Bodnariu family and their supporters are talking, but the Norwegian government isn’t, so all the information is pretty one-sided at this point.

The larger issue, of course, is whether the government has a legal standing to be a “parent of last resort”, protecting kids and occasionally removing them from their parents. In America, there are hundreds of cases of state agencies acting inappropriately, but, on the other hand, what do you do when parents ARE severely abusing their kids?

It’s a delicate question, with no easy answer, that’s for sure.

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  1. MY RECENT REPLY TO AN ACTUAL BARNEVERNET SENIOR WORKER…. POSTED AT BALKAN INSIGHT BLOG… [http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/norway-decision-over-romanian-family-spurs-protests-01-12-2016 ]
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    A HIGH RANKING NORWAY JURIST SPEAKS OUT THE TRUTH ABOUT BARNEVERNET. AND ACTUAL GOVERNMENTAL CONDUCT CAPTURED IN THE VIDEOS CONFIRM NORWAY’S DEPRAVITY AND WICKEDNESS OF ITS POLICIES TOWARD FAMILIES WITH LITTLE CHILDREN. First, listen to the eminent jurist:

    *** “In the wake of the Child Welfare Services we have seen human catastrophes, destroyed families, and in some cases parents who have taken their own lives or have ended up as drug abusers in their desperation over having lost that which is most precious to them. A report from the Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research shows that foster children in Norway take their lives eight times as frequently as other children do.
    “This is the truth of the Norwegian Child Welfare Services which the Norwegian Embassy in Bucharest has not wanted to inform the Romanian public about.?” *** http://www.praguepost.com/view
    Read the entire text here: http://www.praguepost.com/view
    READ ATTENTIVELY ABOVE, WHAT MR. JAN SIMONSEN–A HIGH PROFILE NORWAY JURIST–HAS TO SAY ABOUT BARNEVERNET AND HOW FOREIGN DIGNITARIES ARE BEING DUPED…

    BUT…WHAT ABOUT THESE EGREGIOUS ACTIONS OF YOUR COUNTRY’S BARNEVERNET IN CAHOOTS WITH THE POLICE?

    DO THE ACTIONS OF BARNEVERNET DOCILELY ASSISTED BY YOUR NATION’S POLICE SHOULD BE DISMISSED AND IGNORED BY THE MILLIONS OF GOOD FAITH HUMAN BEINGS WHO HAVE SEEN AND CONDEMNED THE TERRIFYING GOVERNMENTAL CONDUCT?

    Who are you kidding with your fluffy statements? Take a look at your country’s CPS practices in the videos. These are just samples of your country’s dark reality. Norway deserves to be poured hot scorn on it by international community for its ruinous and destructing practices toward good families with children:

    And…by the way, the repugnant and ruinous conduct of Norway’s CPS toward families with little children seen in the videos are much more than a “fly on every wall” in the little Norway and its dark cold villages!

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  2. ADDITIONAL GRAVE CONCERNS FOR THE CPS LEGAL ENFORCEMENT SYSTEM IN NORWAY

    Reading an visiting sites and videos about the Norway’s CPS ruthless legal enforcement system, it is clear that their enforcement system is manifestly brutal and devious! The rules and laws applied? One of them, is the infamous rule of the “preponderance of the evidence”. This one ruins parents of children in the Western democracies! The second infamous law is called–Administrative Procedures Act. This one (in Norway’s version) is responsible for the troubles brought upon Bodnarius!

    The above rule and law can be said to be the “causa sine qua non” for the societal evils we see manifesting in our eyes regarding the emotionally traumatized parents of little babies and children.

    To be sure, the infamous rule of “preponderance of the evidence” is the 2d rule after the first one (“onus probandi”) in American jurisprudence, called: “beyond the shadow of a doubt” . The one above is called “clear and convincing” evidence. So, there are three sets of rules by which evidence is judged by the high courts: “preponderance of the evidence”–the lowest rule; then, “clear and convincing” evidence; and the top one is “beyond the shadow of a doubt”.

    Many have wondered why the Bodnarius travails are being buffeted up with such cruelty, rigor, and perfidity, if it wasn’t for the “preponderance of the evidence” that the State itself allows Barnevernet to run their wrecking train upon their unsuspecting human prey? And who can compel Barnevernet to stop running its wrecking train over the bodies of their prey fixed in their sight?

    The infamous “preponderance of the evidence” effect is still manifesting there at the foundation of the Bodnarius’ case, and would have to be PURGED very soon! The Bodnarius have been dragged into a very humiliating and cruel legal process, wherein a “garden variety” of evidence has been hurled at them, and both parents have been left brokenhearted after their precious children were ruthlessly confiscated by the government agents! Yes, indeed brokenhearted!

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