Sunday, July 24, 2011

Derek Hoare and Ayn Van Dyke

I have been following the ongoing battle of Derek Hoare in having his daughter, Ayn Van Dyke, returned to him. In June of 2011, Ayn was removed from her father's care. Ayn has autism. One of the characteristics of autistic children is wandering. One day, while the family was playing in the backyard, 9 year old Ayn managed to get over the 6 foot fence that encases the family yard. Derek searched frantically for his little girl, then resorted to calling 911 after a short while and turning up no little girl. Thankfully a short time later she was found to be at a neighbor's home. Ayn was returned home to Derek, no injuries, no worse for wear, and all went back to normal.

Normal for Derek's family is hardly a normal that any of us would embrace lightly. He has two other children, boys; his oldest son, Wyatt, doesn't have autism yet his other son, Lyric, does. Derek is the sole caregiver of these three beautiful children.

A little insight into Derek's life with these children include installing deadbolts on the inside of his door so that the children do not leave the home, and installing a more complex locking system on the windows that the children cannot get out through them, either.

Normal life was disturbed for them when four days later, two social workers from the MCFD (Ministry of Child and Family Development) came to his door with intentions on removing Ayn from Derek's care. The original story can be read here: (just copy and paste.)

The reasoning the MCFD gave for her removal was so that Derek may be less burdened and overwhelmed. They came with a voluntary order for him to relinquish her to them. He refused. They ended up taking her from her school, before they even went to his home. So, in this case, they abducted this little girl.

The altercation proved to be quite heated.

If you go to YouTube's Justice4Ayn channel you can watch several videos which portray this story. After this little girl was taken, she had been drugged so as not to be so violent; put on anti-psychotic medicine in doses so high that even an asult would not tolerate. This little girl is away from her family and out of her routine and that which makes her feel safe. It was reported that 18 days after being taken and crying hysterically, the hospital that had care over Ayn requested a photo of Derek for her to carry with her, which she now does happily.

Since Ayn's placement into custody, Derek has been relentless in trying to bring his daughter home. The current Facebook group: "Help Bring little Autistic girl back to her daddy" is currently at 3,417 members and still going strong since its beginning in early June. The hordes of people in this group and their support and services has been overwhelming. As part of this group, I cannot recall another cause that had received this much focus; this much intent on righting a wrong.

Similarly, as a parent of a child on the autism spectrum, i can relate with Derek's story and share in his concerns for his daughter. It is time to return little Ayn home to her father and her brothers, where she belongs. Join us today on Facebook and head over to the petition site, where 3,023 others have joined this plight, here:

If you or anyone you know, lives near British Columbia, Canada, can help in any way, please do not hesitate. Contact the Facebook group today. Or, if you are in a position to help in any monetary way, that would also be appreciated. Currently in the works is a bottle and can drive to help support their cause. Lawyers fees are not cheap and Derek can use all the help he can receive in bringing home his precious little girl! That link is here:

There are several people doing numerous important things that are helping Derek's case. I understand I am in the U.S. and they are located in Canada, but the stories remain the same. In this advanced age, I am delighted to know that so many people can come together to support a loving father who desperately misses his little girl who was wrongfully taken from him.

Please, join me in support of this cause. Sign the petition, give a few dollars, anything you can do. After all, What Happened to Ayn Could Happen To Any Autistic Child.

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