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May 14, 2021

All five children of Bodnariu family return to family, Foreign Ministry monitors the case as a priority, offers consular assistance within legal competence

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through Romania’s Embassy in Oslo, is monitoring the Bodnariu case as a priority and further provides consular specialty assistance within its legal competence, the Foreign Ministry said on Friday, answering a question by Agerpres.

“Debates on this case were organized between May 30 – June 2 in the administrative Regional Committee on Social Affairs, which resulted in the decision to withdraw the case for the takeover of the five Bodnariu children by the Norwegian child welfare service. The diplomatic mission contacted the children’s father, a Romanian citizen, who confirmed that, as set out in the understanding between the family’s legal representatives and the Norwegian authorities, the children will gradually return to the family in the forthcoming period. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through the Romanian Embassy in Oslo, monitors the case as a priority and further offers specialty consular assistance within its legal competence,” says the Foreign Ministry.

Pastor Cristian Ionescu of the Elim Pentecostal Church in Chicago announced on Friday that Marius and Ruth Bodnariu had come to terms with the Naustdal Municipality of Norway for the return home of all of their five children.

“We thank you all for your love, support, prayers, and active participation in the reunification of this family,” the pastor wrote in a release posted on the www.bodnariufamily.org site.

Marius and Ruth Bodnariu fought a relentless battle to recover their children whom Norway’s Child Welfare Service Barnevernet had removed from home last November, at ages ranging from 3 months to 9 years.

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