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Can everyone imagine for a moment that you personally lived in a world where as you went about your day, you knew that at any moment… be it at home, work in school… people could come and grab you and forcibly put you in a vehicle and drive you to a big building where you were isolated and confined with strangers forcing medication…
– Derek Hoare, father of Ayn, who is severely autistic, trying to describe how being taken from school by CPS personnel would affect his daughter. (used with permission from Derek’s Facebook Group)
This week’s Cause of the Week hits me hard. Derek Hoare is a single father, trying to do the best he can for his three children, two of whom are autistic. Ayn, who Derek has described as a “spitfire” of a sweet girl, is nine and severely autistic. Her curiosity led her away from their home one morning and Derek, like many parents, immediately called the police for help.
His daughter was autistic, she was helpless, she was unaware of the dangers in this world of ours. So he called the authorities to help find her. They responded. She was found.
The story was supposed to have a happy ending.
Instead, CPS showed up at his front door only four days later, while Ayn was at school, to request that he “allow” them to take his daughter into custody. As Derek said in an open letter at his Facebook Group’s page, “There should be no illusions here when someone approaches you and says “give me your child or i’m taking her” you should not pretend that any such choice would be done “voluntarily.“
Derek is now trying to raise awareness for not only his own little girl, but for all kids in this situation.
Kids whose only crime was being autistic.
Parents whose only crime was looking away for one moment.
There were no signs of neglect. No signs of abuse.
Who among us hasn’t looked away from our child for a moment?
Thousands are already standing with Derek, worldwide. Here in the states, I find myself moved to do the same. I’ll be writing about Derek’s cause for Ayn and for all children and their parents faced with this kind of nightmare. While awareness is raised one person at a time, I firmly believe that as more caring folks learn about this family’s plight the public outcry can lead to positive changes, in Canada and the US, and around the world.
Would you stand up with this family?
I’m placing a Chip-In widget here at the Cafe this week, but I’m’ going one step further for this, a cause that hits so close to home. Here’s what will happen at the Cafe over the next five days:
Now, it’s your turn!
What will you do to raise awareness today? If you don’t think every contribution is important then you haven’t been listening. My motto is ”Awareness starts with one person at a time” for a reason. It takes us all working together to make a difference and raise awareness.
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This single dad of three kids, two of whom are special needs, needs your help today! Won’t you join the cause?