|Doug Hughes, Dir Child Welfare|
VIA E-MAILRef: 202708Dr. Ron UnruhE-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgDear Dr. Unruh:Thank you for your e-mails of November 14, 2011, addressed to the Honourable Christy Clark, Premier and the Honourable Mary McNeil, MLA for Vancouver-False Creek, expressing your concerns about the removal of Mr. Hoare’s autistic daughter. As the Provincial Director of Child Welfare for the Ministry of Children and Family Development, I am pleased to respond on their behalf.I appreciate receiving your e-mail. I know it is distressing when one reads about parents being separated from their children. However, I can assure you that the safety and well-being of this child is the ministry’s highest priority.Due to confidentiality provisions in the Child, Family and Community Service Act and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, it would be inappropriate for me to share any specific information regarding this matter.Thank you again for taking the time to write and for sharing your concerns.Regards,ORIGINAL SIGNED BYDoug HughesProvincial Director of Child WelfareSent on behalf of the Provincial Director of Child Welfare by:Client Relations BranchOffice of the Deputy MinisterMinistry of Children and Family DevelopmentWe are setting the standard of excellence throughout government,in the delivery of quality customer informationpc: Honourable Christy Clark
I have responded this way …………
Provincial of Child Welfare
Mr. Hughes, I do appreciate your attention in sending this note. I understand the confidentiality factor. It was important for me to express my deep concern for the return of this child to a very able father, and I am glad that you have taken time to read the concern.
Dr Ron Unruh
Now I make a brief comment. Mr. Hughes, you write, “I can assure you that the safety and well-being of this child is the ministry’s highest priority.” It is a safe, sound and standard sentence. However, I suspect that neither you Mr. Hughes, or Ms. McNeil, or Hon. Christy Clark actually know whether the safety and well-being of Ayn Van Dyk is being realized. I question that you know that whereas Ayn did not require anti-psychotic drugs when she was under the exclusive care of her daddy, she is now receiving strong medication, and whereas an occasional wander-off is characteristic conduct for an autistic child yet the June 12th incident was deemed by MCFD as reason for removal, Ayn has during her time in MCFD care escaped on two occasions. Further, the last break-out from foster care was from her bath, through a window and naked into the street. So I posit that if the safety and well-being of Ayn Van Dyk is the highest priority of you three individuals with the utmost power over children in this province, you should personally disregard protocol and ‘meddle’ in a regional director’s business, and ultimately send Ayn home, specially so this little girl can celebrate her tenth birthday with her family on December 14th. Her father Derek Hoare is notably gifted and committed to looking after his children. Ayn should be returned quickly to him, for her well-being. Please. (I will send the latter comment today.)