It’s terrible that Sylvester wasn’t around to raise his children and abandoned his family. Ultimately, it’s Sylvester’s responsibility to raise his kids and be there for his family and if he can’t take that responsibility there’s really nothing they could have done to make him that way. You can’t change people because change is organic and it is intrinsic. As sad as it is, I don’t think there was anything Copeland’s family could have done to make Sylvester into the father they wanted him to be. Copeland’s mother tried having Sylvester be in their lives again but it didn’t work out and it put her in danger.