Children of Norwegian fathers and Thai mothers in Thailand often end up as social outcasts, according to the Norwegian Seamans Church in Pattaya.  Oftentimes, the Norwegian father is 30 or 40 years older than the mother, and the risk of him dying before the children have grown up is therefore high. As such, the mothers are often left without enough money to take care of the children and turn to prostitution and the children are often stigmatized as unwanted, according to the church. Because the children are technically Norwegian citizens, they have the right to receive social support from Norway, although the church said that many of the Thai mothers are not aware of this.