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Autistic Little Girl Taken from Loving Home!

Updated on August 24, 2015

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Help little Ayn Van Dyk get back to her loving father and brothers!
Help little Ayn Van Dyk get back to her loving father and brothers! | Source


About 1 out of every 150 children are diagnosed with Autism worldwide, and 1 out of 5 of the kids diagnosed with Autism are girls. When speaking of Autism, you don't typically hear too many "my daughter has Autism" stories, but they are out there. I have struggled with my son's Autism, and I personally don't know any female Autistic children, but yet and still, we know that they are out there. If you want to find out what Autism is, or to learn more about Autism, I recommend you read: Autism Explained.

Ayn Van Dyk

An exclusive photo of Miss Ayn Van Dyk, from her father, Derek Hoare.
An exclusive photo of Miss Ayn Van Dyk, from her father, Derek Hoare. | Source

Ayn Van Dyk

Ayn Van Dyk is a beautiful little 9 years old girl with Autism that was taken away from her loving father, Derek Hoare, in Abbotsford, BC on June 16, 2011 by the government of British Columbia. Ayn lived with her father, and her two big brothers, Wyatt (11) and Lyric (10). Lyric, is also on the Autism Spectrum. On June 12, 2011 Ayn Van Dyk escaped from her home, as many Autistic children tend to do, and hopped the fence in her backyard. According to her father, Derek Hoare, he ran up the street, and back, and directly called the police. Derek says that he takes extra precaution on the doors and windows, because he knows he has two Autistic children to care for. She was reported missing around 1:00pm June 12, 2011, and found the same day around three hours later, playing at a neighbor's home.

Not neglect, just Autism

It  could have been any child, really. An Autistic parent's worse nightmare come true!!!
It could have been any child, really. An Autistic parent's worse nightmare come true!!! | Source

Ayn's Living Nightmare

June 16, 2011 British Columbia CPS workers showed up at Derek Hoare's door requesting Derek sign over Ayn Van Dyk to CPS, or they would, "simply coercively remove her [from the home]". Ayn was at school at the time of their arrival, and when Derek learned they had taken her from her school (without so much as a notice to her father, or a farewell kiss), he called immediately to fight for his daughter back.

CPS cites that they ripped her from her loving home for "safety" reasons. When Derek would call and try to find about his 9 years old daughter, Ayn, they would tell him nothing, and wouldn't even give him the dignity of an interview with a spokesperson on a talk show interview that Derek Hoare was participating in. Derek says that CPS told him that Ayn, ""was too much for me to handle", and "not able to be placed in a foster home at this time", and that she was being taken to a mental institution for "evaluation".


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Derek Hoare found out that within 70 hours of them taking her, against Derek's explicit wishes, Ayn was placed on multiple powerful neuroleptics, one of which was being given at double the maximum dose for a child her size.

As of July 4, 2011, Derek has been able to reach the ministry, and he said, "I received a call from the ministry, they said Ayn has been crying for me for the last 18 days, and would I please bring them a picture of myself for her to have. He also offered to speak with and I accepted, we spoke for an hour and a half. I believe he too is coming to see the incompleteness of the perspective, I still firmly believe there is no way a protection case can be won against me." Derek also found out that Ayn has been placed in a foster home now with an RN foster mother.

Daddy's Little Girl

Derek with Ayn, happily living together.
Derek with Ayn, happily living together. | Source

Derek Hoare

Derek Hoare is living every parent with a disability child's worse nightmare, everyday. All Derek wants is his little girl to come home, where she belongs, where she can be happy living again with her father and brothers. Little Ayn behaved as most Autistic children do, and unfortunately she and her father are paying for it, dearly. Derek has three children: Ayn Autistic (9), Lyric also Autistic (10), and Wyatt (11) that he takes care of like any respectable father would.

Derek Hoare has created a Facebook group called: Help Bring Little Autistic Girl Back to Her Daddy for gaining supporters for his endeavors of trying to get his daughter back to her rightful home.

Derek Talking About His Story

Justice For Ayn Video

This video shows Derek with his children, in their home, happy. It brings home the point where a child needs to be. A child needs it's family, if there is no reason to take them from their home, then why traumatize the child, and the family, by snatching the child from it's home? Drugging a child, and not letting the little girl not take so much as a stuffed teddy bear that she cherishes oh so very much with her while she gets put through the wringer for no reason. And Wyatt and Lyric, her older brothers, are probably living in fear that they too can be taken from their father, their home. Just give little Ayn back, please!

My Thoughts on the Story

To add a more personal twist to this article, I wanted to share my thoughts on this story. Derek Hoare has 3 children, two of which are Autistic, one of whom isn't with her father. Derek's only daughter was stripped from her loving home, from her father and two older brothers, for "safety" reasons, according to the Child Protective Services of British Columbia. Derek hasn't been proven to not be anything, but a great father. He still have his boys, but for some reason that still hasn't been intelligently expressed, he doesn't have his little girl. 

When they took Ayn, they filled her with psychotics, an insurmountable amount, and wouldn't tell Derek anything he wanted to know about his own daughter that shouldn't have been taken from her home in the first place. Derek reinforced the doors with extra locks, he is very active in all his children lives, and they've never found a legitimate reason to even take little Ayn. They wouldn't even speak with him about anything he wanted to know about his daughter until 18 days later, after she had been crying consistently for 18 days for her father. I think personally this case needs to not even happen, I think they need to return this little girl to her father, and I think at least some kind of apology from the state is in order.

Any parent of an Autistic child knows that this is one of our biggest fears. The sad reality that most people don't realize, especially if you don't know or take care of an autistic child, is that Autistic kids wander. Derek has had all three kids on his own for years, and if he was if having three kids, two with Autism was "was too much for me [Derek] to handle", then wouldn't there be a sign of some sort? Help spread the word of this tragic beginning of the story, and help make it a happy ending!


Facebook Group -Help Bring Little Autistic Girl Back to Her Daddy

How you can help - SIGN THE PETITION, send a Letter for a government official to the names listed here.

Also, if you like this article, check out my other ones on Hubpages here:

How my son was stolen: Part 1

How my son was stolen: Part2

Ayn's Coming Home!

Jean Nicol created this picture in commendation of Ayn's return to her family.
Jean Nicol created this picture in commendation of Ayn's return to her family. | Source


After almost a year and a half, of missing contact with his daughter, Derek Hoare and Ayn Van Dyk will be reunited!

On Thursday, December 6, 2012 Derek Hoare updated his Facebook, 'Help Bring little Autistic Girl Back to her Daddy', post to read:

"i have some big news [about Ayn], which will be difficult to explain in a single post, i will get online this weekend to elaborate. Ready... Ayn is coming home! an agreement was signed on tuesday for her return. it is a sect 60 agreement with no finding of a need for protection. i cannot explain the flood of emotions we are experiencing. i am of course elated and will come online in a day or two, i'm tediously typing this on my phone but will spend much more time when i come on. Thank you so very much everyone."

This story has touched me as I know that it has touched many of you. Thank you for all the people that continued to help, share, and encourage Derek and his family during this trying and troubling time. Ayn is finally coming home!


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