SEASON 3, EPISODE 212 | AIRED ON 12/14/13

Fix My Fatherless Family

Life coach Iyanla Vanzant travels to Newark, New Jersey, to help two sons who are trying to heal from a lifetime of abandonment by their father. Isaam tells Iyanla that he has spent decades living in pain because of his distant relationship with his father. He and his brother Chon recall how their father was in and out of their lives, sometimes disappearing for years at a time. Despite trying to mend their relationship, he has continued to disappoint and lie to them. Just when they had given up on their father for good, they received a phone call from a brother they never knew they had. Now, their father, John, is ready to face the sons he abandoned and finally introduce them to the brother he kept a secret for years. Iyanla's challenge is to help all four men onto the path to forgiveness—before their relationship is destroyed forever.