IFCA Statement on Ombudsman for Children’s Office Report: Molly Two Years On
24th January 2020
IFCA has read the report ‘Molly Two Years On’, by the Ombudsman for Children’s Office and welcomes the Ombudsman’s attention on this matter and continued focus on ensuring both Tusla and the HSE make it their priority to improve supports and services available to children with moderate to profound disabilities in the care of the state . IFCA’s members regularly tell us that they cannot get services for children in their care and they are left trying to do their best for the child or young person in their care while spending too much time fighting to get services and assistance for a child with a diagnosed disability.
This is simply not acceptable for foster families and IFCA would like to see a higher level of priority given to children in care with disabilities and to their foster care families as well as clear guidelines and pathways put in place for foster carers to access services for their foster child or young person.