East Bay father gets a fresh start with help of parenting classes

CONCORD — Last year, Manuel Contreras found himself in a situation that often can be the end of the road for parents or the beginning of a nasty cycle: the loss of custody of his young son after a domestic violence incident.

But Contreras didn’t give up on himself or his child. After completing a court-mandated program, he did some soul-searching and decided he had more learning to do.

“I wanted more,” he said.

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