Sinn Féin MLA Maeve McLaughlin said it was time for action from the Health Minister when it comes to dealing with the increased demand for foster homes.
The Foyle MLA was commenting after a motion to the Assembly welcoming the RQIA report on fostering services.
The Sinn Féin MLA, who is also Chair of the Assembly’s Health Committee, said:
“This is the second time the Assembly has debated the issue of fostering services and it is time for some action on the subject from the Health Minister.
“Clearly from the RQIA report demand is outstretching the available of services. The minister needs to produce a strategy for dealing with this increased demand and investment should be allocated appropriately.
“There is also the case of kinship care when relatives are looking after young children. The carers in these informal arrangements need some level of support from the state whether it be financial or otherwise.
“Young people that end up in the fostering services can be very vulnerable and it is crucial that we have the capability to make sure that they get the care they need and are entitled to.”