Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism Bergen

Adoption as a Child Welfare Measure

Research project that studies how the Norwegian adoption legislation is implemented and practiced in the front line services and in the courts.

The project aims to create a knowledge base that can contribute to the proper use of adoption as child welfare measure, and also shed light on best practices and identify factors that can help decision-makers to consider measures for children in long-term placements.


Project period

  • November 2016 – January 2019


  • The Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs


  • Norway

Research team

  • Marit Skivenes (PI)
  • Hege Helland
  • Øyvind Tefre
  • Sveinung H. Nygård