Ombudsman concerned over supports for children in foster care

Dr Niall Muldoon says structures in place for vulnerable children need to be addressed

 Ombudsman for Children Dr Niall Muldoon. File Photograph: Eric Luke

Ombudsman for Children Dr Niall Muldoon. File Photograph: Eric Luke

The standard of support being provided to hundreds of children in foster care who have moderate to severe disabilities continues to be a cause of concern, the Ombudsman for Children has said.

Dr Niall Muldoon was speaking a year after his office highlighted the case of Molly, a teenager in care with Down syndrome and severe autism whose foster mother was financially, emotionally and physically drained from having to look after her.

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