President Barack Obama gestures as he announces he will nominate Charlotte, N.C. Mayor Anthony Foxx to succeed Ray LaHood as Transportation Secretary, Monday, April 29, 2013, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

President Obama opened up a bit about growing up without a father Friday, telling some troubled young dads that they can salvage their relationships with their children.

During a visit to Baltimore's Center for Urban Families, Obama listened to stories from a father who struggled to find work to support his family and another who served time in jail.