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A study of abused foster children is presented Thursday to Maria Larsson (right), Sweden’s minister for children and the elderly by committee chair Kerstin Wigzell.

Abused foster children to receive compensation

A government committee studying decades-old reports of abuse of foster children called Thursday for compensation payments to survivors. Thousands of children are believed to have been neglected and mistreated in family homes and institutions from the early 1900s to as late as 1980.

A "Children's Protection Investigation" ordered by the government in 2006 has now completed its study of the reports and interviewed some 1,000 surviving foster children. The committee recommends one-time payments of SEK 250,000 (US$ 38,500).

"No amount of money can make up for a lost childhood or the lessen the consequences of abuse, but it is well within Swedish legal custom to offer substantial payment for untoward pain and suffering," said Kerstin Wigzell, the head of the committee.

Sweden's minister for children and the elderly, Maria Larsson, earlier promised a formal apology from the government to those who suffered as foster children.

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