Tuesday, September 18, 2012
WHAT WAS ACCOMPLISHED BY CANCELLING AYN'S VISIT?
I am continuing the discussion Derek was having with the issues surrounding a cancellation of a visit by Ayn’s mom, Aime. He wrote publicly on September 5th to air his concerns with the way such a decision was made. This was not the first time that Derek has felt that their parental interests were met with discourtesy.
Derek was alarmed that when Ayn had her meltdown at the start of her first day back in school that day, an emotional/behavioural crisis which happened on the morning that her mother Aime was to enjoy a visit with Ayn in early afternoon, rather than suitably calming Ayn, settling her, taking time to encourage her to be ready for her mom’s visit in the afternoon, Derek conjectures that Ayn was dosed with a drug to bring her down. Aime was called at about 9:40 AM to inform her that the 1:00 PM visit was off.
Derek asserted in his rant that Ayn has rights even though she is autistic. He felt that she had been denied the right to see her mother by having been chemically subdued. The way he drove that point home was by surmising that if Ayn lived in a foreign country her rights may be abrogated but here in Canada, she does have rights. This treatment of a person like Ayn does not sit well here in this democracy underwritten with a Charter of Rights. So exacerbated was Derek that day that he surmised that MCFD usurps personal rights, regarding people such as Ayn as chattel, covering treatments of people with a mountain of duplicitous paperwork which compels determined parents to seek recourse within a court system that is jammed into tomorrow with a backlog of cases. And then he decried the lack of information that is made public so that the community impression is that an adequate system exists to effectively manage all such cases. It doesn’t, he hammered home.
Derek cited his own case as an example. Even though his child was removed from him on June 16, 2011, the first time he will have an opportunity to present his concerns to a judge will be in December 2012 and this court appearance is already scheduled as an extended court session projecting into February 2013 which anticipates customary delays and postponements. There looms the unkind possibility that having put this family through this, the Ministry may return Ayn just before the court date. This too is part of an observable system attested to by others who have been entrapped within a service designed to minister to children and families, ostensibly to protect them. Something is wrong don’t you think? Something is missing from the protocol.