One Black Couple Is Helping Dads, Coming Out Of Prisons, Get Back Into Parenthood

One Black Couple Is Helping Dads, Coming Out Of Prisons, Get Back Into Parenthood

Their organization is working to create safety-nets for dads and to create smooth transitions for them into parenthood.

People coming out of the prison system usually find themselves at a loss. They find it difficult to integrate with society again and finding their feet. It can be especially difficult for parents to reconcile with their children in a smooth transition and return to parenthood. But there is one couple who are doing their bit to make this transition relatively smoother.

Charles C. Daniels, Jr. & Samantha Fils-Daniels began Father's Uplift as an organization to help dads coming out of prisons. Their mission, as stated on their website, reads: "Fathers’ UpLift works to assist fathers in overcoming barriers (financial, oppressive, emotional, traumatic and addiction-based barriers) that prevent them from remaining engaged in their children’s lives. We also provide mentoring, cultural outings and counseling to children who are growing up without their fathers. We uplift fathers and strengthen families nationwide through service, love, and encouragement."

Charles himself is a product of a fatherless family and had witnessed the struggles of his mother closely. He says, "I thought about the things he was going through that prevented him from remaining active in my life. Then I said to myself, 'What if someone had been there to help him?' It might have made a tremendous difference."

Samantha, too, was only a child when her parents split-up and she spent quite a number of years with her mother. Later, at the age of 10, she moved in with her father and stayed with his family until she went to college.

When they started this organization, they had, therefore, a clear thought in their mind as mentioned on their website: "They wanted to ensure that all children experience the feelings associated with having an active father, even if they are not in the same country, the same city, the same state and same home."

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