Norwegian Children Minister asks religious communities to help him find more foster homes

Kjell Ingolf RopstadPhoto: Vidar Ruud / NTB
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Minister for Children and Families Kjell Ingolf Ropstad (KrF) says congregations and religious communities are “perfect allies” in the hunt for new foster families.

Today, 11,000 children in Norway live in foster homes. Before the summer, 259 children were waiting for foster homes, and 1,000 new foster families are needed annually, according to Vårt Land.

“Now, we need to give vulnerable kids a safe home. I hope you in the church take up the challenge,” Ropstad noted earlier this month. 

He believes congregations have very good conditions for recruiting new foster families.

“Perfect allies”

“Religious and philosophical communities meet large groups of people. With their community involvement, I believe that they are perfect allies in this charity event,” Ropstad told Vårt Land.

He believes faith is an important consideration in the hunt for foster families.

“We are dependent on foster homes that are as diverse as the children they are to receive. That is why it is so important to recruit from different places,” he emphasized.

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