NCHR Symposium 2009 - Programme

The Nordic Committee for Human Rights


For the protection of Family Rights in the Nordic countries


Is forcibly taking children into public care, caring for children?





(There will be 5-10 minutes after each lecture for brief questions to the lecturers and short debate.)


9.00     Opening. The President of the NCHR, Ruby Harrold-Claesson, Sweden, welcomes the participants.


09.10    Viewing of selected chapters from "Socialist Utopia" by Daniel Hammarberg. 

Break (10 min)


10.00    Bo Edvardsson, "Methodological and intellectual problems in child protection investigations." Are children worth a factual investigation? Childcare investigations are important for decision-making in care cases.


10.40    Venil Thiis, "Experiences about what is going on behind "closed doors" in childcare cases in Norway." A case of forced adoption, which was passed through the entire Court system in Norway has recently been declared admissible in the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.  


Break (10 min)


11.30    Ian Josephs, "Forced Adoption". His book and his web site bear the title "Forced Adoption".




12.00 - 13.00 LUNCH



13.00    Nancy Schaefer, "The corrupt business of Child Protective Services". Nancy Schaefer criticises the social authorities' practices of taking children into forced care in the USA.


13.50    Madeleine Johansson. "Guantanamo in the forest in Dalsland". Earlier this year a German orphanage the existence of in Dalsland was discovered when a 12-year-old boy ran away from the institution. Madeleine Johansson and Siv Westerberg have dug further into the case and found amazing ingredients.




14.10 - 14.50 Coffee Break


14.50    Olle Hamarberg, "Alone in the world a little toddler on the road to hell". Olle Hamarberg tells the story of his life and the experiences he had of being forcibly taken into care and placed in a foster home.



15.30  Ejvor Eriksson och Patrik Dahlqwist, "Life during and after foster care". Ejvor Eriksson tells about how her life when she was forced to live in foster homes. Patrik Dahlqwist was placed in foster care as a young child. At 17 years of age, he was placed at Karsudden Psychiatric Hospital because the society wanted to prevent him from developing a life of abuse and criminality. He was locked up there without medication for 12 years.







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