The Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs (Bufdir), based in Oslo, is responsible for matters relating to state-funded child welfare services, family counselling and adoption. 

Areas of Intervention

  • Child welfare services/child protection
  • Foster care
  • Family counselling services
  • Parental guidance
  • Mediation in legal separations
  • Children and young people
  • Youth participation
  • Children at risk of social exclusion
  • Child poverty
  • Adoption
  • Victims of domestic abuse
  • Gender equality
  • Universal design
  • Disabilities
  • Crisis centres
  • Forced marriage

Responsibilities/ Services

  • Developing and setting standards for social services
  • Developing guidelines for social services
  • Identifying knowledge gaps and commissioning research
  • Monitoring social problems
  • Developing indicators and publishing statistics
  • Consulting services
  • Administration of grant programmes
  • Communication campaigns and websites, e.g. on parental guidance
  • Management of social service providers (in child welfare and family counselling services) throughout the country