Delegation: The Kingdom of Norway Committee: UNICEF Delegate: Pablo Jean Diez Topic: Adoption of African children. Good morning fellow delegates and honorable chair. On behalf of Prime Minister Olemic Thommessen and the people of this nation. The Kingdom of Norway is pleased to participate in this committee, UNICEF in order to discuss the important issue of adoption of African children. The current Norwegian Adoption Act, which replaced the former Adoption Act of 1917, was passed on 28 February 1986, and came into force on 1 January 1987. The Act is divided into five chapters, (1) Conditions for adoption, (2) Anonymous adoption, duty to provide information (2), Effects of adoption, (3), Issues relating to private international law (4), and Commencement, amendments to other Acts, (5) The Act has been subsequently amended, twice in 1999 and, most recently, by Act of 15 June 2001. An official English translation of the Act (the 1999 version) was published in Circular Letter Q-1008 E from the Ministry of Children and Family Affairs. In Norway, any family or single person who wants to adopt a child from abroad, must apply for an advance approval, issued by the Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs, before the application can be sent to the country of origin of the child. A foreign adoption is valid in Norway in the following cases: When the adoption is legally binding/final and has been granted by the proper adoption authority in the country from which the child is adopted. When the Norwegian Children, Youth and Family Affairs Service (Bufetat) or the Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs (Bufdir) have given prior consent to the adoption, if the child is adopted without the assistance of an approved adoption agency. When the person(s) adopting the child was/were living in the country from which the child was adopted at the time of the adoption. If the child was living in Norway, Bufetat must have agreed to the adoption. Bufdir has recognized the adoption at a later date. In some cases, East African Nations have banned foreigners from adopting African children: AFRICANGLOBE – Members of the East African Legislative Assembly, who are currently sitting in Kampala, want EAC partner states to abolish
international child adoption to stop the likelihood of children falling into the hands of traffickers.
The local authorities (municipalities) shall investigate the applicants and advise the National Office for Children Youth and Family Affairs before an advance approval to adopt children from a foreign country is given. The local authorities shall also assist in providing information relating to an application for adoption after the child has arrived in Norway, so that the adoption may be carried out. Links: Foreign adoption. Retrieved February 12, 2017, from https://www.udi.no/en/word-definitions/foreign-adoption/ Retrieved February 12, 2017, from file:///Users/Pablo/Downloads/Adoption%20Information%20in%20Norway_Norway %20(2).pdf East African nations to ban foreigners from adopting African children. (2017, February 6). Retrieved from: https://adoptionland.org/p/5569/east-african-nations-to-ban-foreigners-from-adoptin g-african-children/