- Scotty McClure, Dads Making a Difference Graduate
"Thousands of dollars behind in child support, Scotty had been an uninvolved father for the past eight years. He’s a former aircraft mechanic and father of three children - a 16-year-old and two 14-year-olds (not twins). Because of a felony conviction, he lost his job in 2009 and hadn’t had a full-time job since then. In January of 2017, Scotty sought help during Amnesty Week since he was behind on child support. He discussed his situation with professionals without fear of being arrested and soon became part of FTF’s Dads Making a Difference class.
During his first day of the class, Scotty quickly realized he needed to have an open mind, which was not usual for him. He discovered that he could learn a lot from people who were willing to help if he was willing to listen. Through DMD, Scotty has taken full responsibility for his mistakes and lack of parental involvement. He learned that it takes time to earn his kids’ permission and the right to speak back into their lives after being absent for so many years. He also realized he needs to be more intentional, and he truly wants to spend time with his kids, especially after discovering that one of them is involved with a gang.
After many years of infrequent contact, he is taking action. Recently, Scotty kept his kids overnight and they all watched movies together for the first time in a really long time. He also landed a full-time job, graduated from DMD, and is excited about catching up - not just on child support - but on being there for his children."