What should have been a happy homecoming to Norway for Leif Kristiansen and his family turned into a parent’s worst nightmare when Barnevernet (Norway’s child welfare agency) brutally took custody of 12-year-old Kai after his parents started homeschooling him.
On Thursday, February 9, Kai was tackled and held face-down in the snow by child welfare services investigators and police officers. In a video of the incident taken by his mother, Kai can be heard screaming “No!” over and over as the police and a Barnevernet investigator attempt to subdue him and take him into custody pursuant to an order from the local court.
The 12-year-old had been ordered into state custody because his family chose to homeschool.
In response to this injustice, HSLDA has launched a petition drive. We are asking homeschoolers all over the world to sign the petition and to contact the Norwegian Embassy in their country to demand justice for Kai and to acknowledge that homeschooling is not a legitimate reason to forcibly remove a child from a family.
Through our Homeschool Freedom Fund, HSLDA will be standing with the Kristiansen family, providing support and counsel. We are committed to following this case even to the European Court of Human Rights if necessary.
Will you join with us and take a stand for young Kai? Please sign the petition and share it with your friends and family. You can also stand with Kai’s family by making a financial contribution to the Homeschool Freedom Fund to support the vital international work of HSLDA. Together, we are working to make homeschooling possible here in the United States and around the world.
Update: Kai has been returned to his family! Thank you all for your support. If you'd like to continue standing with homeschooling families all around the world, complete the form below to donate to HSLDA's Homeschool Freedom Fund.Give today »