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YMCA Helps Fathers Patch Relationships with Children

Fathers in Des Moines have been given the opportunity to reconnect with their kids and work on custody issues that arise when they become separated from their children. The YMCA of Greater Des Moines’ Fatherhood Initiative began this year with the intention to work with dads who need this support. It’s a 12-week-long class comprised of group discussions led by a pastor. The groups learn how to communicate with their families more effectively and build their relationship skills. One man who joined the group, Aaron Rodriguez, says he has learned to “be less selfish and to make sacrifices for family.” It’s even possible to work with the courts on custody rights and to have overdue child support forgiven. There were 124 men in the program this year so far.