|Aime (mommy) and Ayn|
On the day that Ayn was born in 2001 and Derek saw her for the first time, his heart was hers.
On June 16, 2011 Derek Hoare experienced the unthinkable shock of learning that his nine year old daughter Ayn had been removed from her school by the Ministry of Children and Family Services (MCFD).
He is not accused of harming her. In fact his life has been dedicated to nurturing and understanding her. Ayn is autistic.
Derek was informed that the action to remove his daughter from his care was designed to ease his load of responsibility but in fact it created an intolerable burden.
Derek never complained to anyone about the complexities or problems of raising three children, two of whom are severely autistic.
Derek has provided parental care cheerfully for years and all three children have been happy and thriving.
|Ayn at age 3|
The Ministry of Children removed only Ayn, Derek’s then nine-year old daughter and he continues to provide care for his two sons.
Ayn has been removed from her family for no discernible reason other than an opinion that she was an unmanageable, deteriorating child but that is far from the truth.
Ayn is not out of control. She has a very strong will. She is a wonderful caring child.
Ayn is verbal and possesses a large vocabulary yet she still struggles to share with others her desires, fears, and thoughts.
Being autistic, she does have difficulty explaining what she wants but she has an astute understanding of body language.
|Derek (daddy) and Ayn|
On June 12th, 2011 she climbed a backyard fence and stopped in a neighbour’s yard to play but she could not be found until three hours later. MCFD’s intervention occurred following that incident.
Ten months have passed since the Ministry of Children separated Ayn from her father.
Ayn celebrated her tenth birthday on December 14th but not with her family.
When Ayn lived in her father’s home she was in no greater danger than that which one might expect with a child with her disability.
While she has been in Ministry care, she has twice managed to escape from her caregivers.
Her second escape occurred during her bathing time and she was later found naked and wandering near a main street.
There is no equitable explanation why foster caregivers are absolved of this breach of care while Derek experienced reproach and punishment?
|Ayn as she might appear to you today|
The Ministry policy states that "a family is the preferred environment for the care and upbringing of children and the responsibility for the protection of children rests primarily with the parents" (CFCSA 2b)
That policy also states that, "decisions relating to children should be made and implemented in a timely manner" (CFCSA 2g).
This Ministry, its workers, its supervisors and directors, are out of control. One must surmise that the Minister of Children, Mary McNeil is not even cognizant of the scope of inherent error there is in her ministry’s practice.
Ayn is a very special person. She is a sweetheart. She needs to be with her daddy, with her mommy and with her brothers.