Nine-Year-Old with Autism Still Being Kept from Father

Derek Hoare

Courtesy: John Van Putten

I’m sorry to have to provide an upsetting update from my previous article, The State vs. Autism Families. Nine-year-old Ayn Van Dyk, who was taken from her home after being safely recovered after a wandering incident, is still in the hands of Canadian authorities. The tragedy began in Abbotsford, British Columbia on June 16th, when the Ministry of Children and Family Development came calling after Ayn was found safely playing in a neighbor’s pool.

Her single father, Derek Hoare, recently stated the following in an interview with

"After 18 days of no contact from the ministry as per Ayn’s well being or whereabouts, I received a call from a worker at the MCFD on Monday July 4, who informed me that Ayn had been crying for the 18 days and would I please bring in a picture of myself to help calm here down. I agreed and went in to the ministry office where I spoke with the worker, to express my concerns over Ayn’s well being, her being medicated, access to Ayn, and receiving written reports as frequently as possible. I was informed at that time that Ayn was now out of the hospital and in a foster home. Our next meeting was on Wednesday July 6, where I was informed that Ayn was to be returned to the hospital for a much longer 6 week psych evaluation, there is a wait list and it could take anywhere from 2-8 weeks for her to get that evaluation. She has been drugged against my explicit, reasoned and repeated wishes, with Risperdal, a drug with many known side effects, some of which are fatal."

Derek is a single father to Ayn and her two older brothers. He has totally devoted himself to her to well being, engaging himself in every aspect of parenting a child with autism. This whole ordeal was brought on by a moment’s inattention during which she disappeared from their backyard enclosed with a six foot high fence and is every parent’s worst nightmare. 

By logical extension, every time a wandering incident ends in a child’s death, parents should be charged with negligent homicide. And every time it ends well, the child should be removed from the home. The fact that this poor little girl can’t see her daddy and is being drugged with anti-psychotics is outrageous and an abomination.

If you’d like to lend your voice to the campaign to bring Ayn home, there are several options, including signing an online petition posted here.

9 Responses to Nine-Year-Old with Autism Still Being Kept from Father

  1. Martin Malone says:

    I am absolutley disgusted by your article and it is very close to home. We ahve recently erected a 8 foot high fence around our house. We have also put our child on Respiradol to stop her from self harm.

    We are trying to set up a home pec system to communicate with our child.

    Our local health authority is saying that if we dont set it up the are getting child protective services on to us, our child will not cooperate3 with the pecs, it takes time.

    It just goes to show how backward the authorities are concerning Autism, even after years of trying to raise awareness.

    My heart goes out to Derek and Ayn and Derek is right, it is an abomination.

  2. Susan says:

    You are doing everything within your power! Good luck to you!!


  3. I am secretary of Brazilian Association for Action by the Rights os people with Autism – Abraça. We are very disgusted with Ayn van Dyk situation. Get an autistic child away from his father will not help the boy to grow with psychological health. He loves his father and can not understand what are occurring. I really think this is an atrocius solution that will not resolve anything.

    Freedom for Ayn!!!!

  4. Susan says:

    If your organization has a website or other internet presence, I’d love the link.

    One minor point is that Ayn is a little girl.

    Thanks for writing,

    Susan Moffitt

  5. judy arata says:

    i pray that she gets to come home before any more damage is done to this angel and her family this is sickening what they are going to her and her family my prays go out to you and your family

  6. Marta LaLonde says:

    This is a travesty of government control, the authorities should be glad the child was found safely and that the family and nieghbors are on the watch, they should have seen the family as a whole and left the child at home they could have came back and checked regularly. They have no right to adminster drugs to that child against the father’s wishes. That child needs to be back in her familiar surroundings being encouraged by her father and brothers and she will stop crying immediately.

  7. Lisa long says:

    This is in every degree wrong and against her and her families rights as human beings. This is also scary for i have a 9 yr old on the spectrum. My son has gotten up in mid of night unlocked doors and left to look for insects. He has been aggressive towards siblings and himself. This could quiet easily be my family. Something needs to be done. The obvious fear has got to be tremendous to this baby and her family. Want to talk about regression? It certainly is not aiding in her development. Sickens me

  8. Thank you for writting the above article. For those wanting more information, or to help Ayn come home to her dad, see the Facebook page at Click on the documents section on the right side to read “Plea for Ayn” with the most recent updates. Derek (Ayn’s dad)is cautiously optimistic that she will be coming home. He has been asked to give details of his support team & plan that will be in place if/when she is returned to him. The autism specialist also recommended that she not be given the 6 week physchiatric assessment that was mentioned above. This is good news. You may also follow on Twitter @AynComeHome or @Justice4Ayn. I am not family; I am a volunteer trying to help raise awareness about the situation.

  9. John Ordover says:

    According to the original article, a hearing was supposed to be held on July 12th about this case – any word on the outcome of this hearing?

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