With Father's Day approaching on Sunday, June 16, one local group is trying to help dads reconnect with their kids.
"If you ever want to know how important a dad is, ask a child," said Frank Buck who is founder of Fathers InSync, a program that works with 50 to 75 fathers a year. "As men, we are responsible for our children to raise our children."
Some families have taken a traditional approach, such as Lima Paolo and his wife, with seven kids, including two sets of twin daughters.
"No matter what situations you are in, difficulties, good times, no matter what, you have to be there for your kids," said Paolo. "Try getting in touch with your kids no matter what, either your poor, your rich it’s not important, important thing is your love in your heart for your kids."
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 24 million kids have no biological fathers in their homes, which means one in every three children lack a father's care.
Buck coaches other fathers on how to better their parenting skills so they, too, can have healthy and productive relationships with their children.
"Once you cross the line and you go into being a father, there's a whole change in your environment, with your family as a man that you’re not going to be the same guy as you were before you were a father," said Buck.
Experts point to drug abuse, poverty, poor health and a lack of education as some of the negative outcomes that arise from children not having a good father in their lives.
Buck says communication and empathy are critical in the relationship between a father and a child.
"When you have this image of being a tough guy with no emotions, when you are with your child, a child has a tendency to bring nurturing in a way of a father bringing love and care to his child in way that nobody else can," said Buck.
In honor of dads, Fathers InSync will be holding a gathering Sunday at the Alano Club from 2-6 p.m. featuring food, music and a pow wow.
Please click here for more information about the group's fathering classes and other parent-coaching opportunities.
Contact Corey Allen-Young