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).
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.
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.
Phone: +47 466 15 000
Postal address: Postboks 2233, N - 3103 Tønsberg, Norway
Office address Bufdir: Fredrik Selmers vei 3, 0663 Oslo, Norway
Billing address: Bufdir, Fakturamottak DFØ, Postboks 4738, N - 7468 Trondheim, Norway
Organisation number: 986 128 433