Indonesian child welfare authorities have confirmed that four-year-old Tristan Dowse has left a state-run children’s home in Jakarta and gone to live with his natural mother, Suryiani.

The news was relayed to Ann McElhinney, the investigative journalist who reunited mother and son, as captured in the RTÉ documentary, The search for Tristan's Mum.

The programme was broadcast on RTÉ One last night.

Tristan became the centre of media attention in Ireland earlier this year after Irishman Joe Dowse and his wife Lala returned him to an orphanage in Jakarta after he was in their care for two years.

Ms McElhinney said she is delighted that mother and child will be together rather than having Tristan readopted by strangers.

She said Indonesian authorities had employed the services of a child psychologist to assess what was best for Tristan's future.