Local authorities will not pay neglected foster children

Sweden's districts will not be paying financial compensation to people who were neglected in foster homes during their youth. The decision has stirred strong feelings.

The association Neglected and Forgotten, with some 400 members, wants compensation not only from the state, but also from the districts. They say the money they will get from the state, roughly US $38,000 per person is not enough.

But the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions has refused, saying that it's the state alone that has the responsibility to provide compensation. Moreover, they say it's not possible for the districts to give such money ex gratia, or voluntarily.