Father’s Day is upon us — a day of joy for many fathers looking to spend time with their children.
This day can be a sensitive time for fathers, who although love their children immensely, may not be as involved with their children as they would like to be or are not able to connect with them directly.
“Regardless of what happened between the parents, [if] they split up, it’s very instrumental for a boy and girl to get the nurturing and support from their father because that is crucial in the development of their personality and in their psyche and in their growing up,” said Ramon Montoya, executive director of Adelante Counseling Services.
For situations such as these, the nonprofit fatherhood program provides services to fathers who fit this target audience. Asked about the organization’s services, Montoya said “I would say the main thing is that they are centered around kids and the family with the emphasis of reuniting the father with the kids.”
He discussed a particular situation in which he provided assistance to a father who attended his parenting classes. Initially, the father did spend time with his children right after he ended his relationship with the children’s mother however, for a couple of years after that he was not allowed to visit his children. Montoya said he was able to help him during the court proceedings and was eventually granted a “structured parenting time” by the judge. “His first visitation with his kids he brought them down to the office,” Montoya recollected with elation.
For more information about Adelante Counseling Services, visit www.adelantecounselingservices.com or call 720-296-1216.