The Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs (Bufdir) and the Office for Children, Youth and Family Affairs (Bufetat) are responsible for matters relating to state-funded child welfare services, family counselling and adoption. Our main task is to provide children, young people and families in need of help and support with appropriate, high-quality assistance nationwide.

The distinction between Bufdir and Bufetat

The Office for Children, Youth and Family Affairs (Bufetat) is an agency under the Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion. For practical purposes Bufetat is divided into five underlying regional organisations and an overall executive body, called the Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs (Bufdir).

About Bufdir

The Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs (Bufdir) is responsible for services relating to: child welfare, family counselling, adoption, violence in close relationships, equality and non-discrimination.  

In addition to being a competence centre for child welfare and family counselling, Bufdir is also responsible for the management and operation of state-funded child welfare and family counselling services, and operates care centres for unaccompanied asylum-seekers under the age of 15.

About Bufetat

Bufetat’s five regions are responsible for state-funded child welfare and family counselling services.

Their main task is to provide children, young people and families in need of help and support with appropriate, high-quality assistance on a nationwide basis.

The regions are, furthermore, responsible for handling adoption cases within their individual region, as well as certain other initiatives in conjunction with the local authorities. Some regions are also responsible for operating care centres for unaccompanied minor asylum-seekers and refugees.

Publisert 22. April 2015.
Oppdatert 19. September 2016.