BOSTON, MA –
Oswaldo Ortiz’s youngest child, a daughter named Ofirenen, was just a toddler when he had to leave her behind in 2017 to serve a year-long prison sentence for possession of marijuana.
“I used to always tell her, ‘Daddy loves you. Daddy will never, ever abandon you,'” Ortiz, 57, told “Good Morning America.” “I put those words in her head to make sure she understood that her father is not giving up.”
Thinking of his commitment to Ofirenen, he says, helped him get through his prison sentence.
When Ortiz was released from a Boston-area prison late last year, he went straight to a nonprofit organization, Fathers’ Uplift, that helps dads overcome obstacles like jail sentences, addiction issues and financial strains that may prevent them from being part of their kids’ lives.
PUBLISHED: Good Morning America