August 28, 2015

South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families board welcomes new member

Warren Bolton, a Columbia, South Carolina, native and longtime editor at The State newspaper, has joined the board of the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families. As an associate editor on the newspaper’s editorial board, Bolton has written often about the work the center does.

“Warren has written about fatherhood from the very beginning,” said Pat Littlejohn, executive director, South Carolina Center for Fathers Center for Fathers and Families. “He understands the issues of father absence and what we have done to address that problem. This is such a great opportunity to get him involved.”

For Bolton, the center’s work strikes close to home. “Growing up in a household without a father, I understand what the challenges can be, from financial to the lack of a strong male role model in the house. I know the pitfalls. Anything I can do to improve father access and get fathers more involved with their families, I'm glad to do,” Bolton said.

During the time that he has written about the center, Bolton has become a father to his own two boys, and the center's work has been an inspiration to him. He said learning about all the social costs of father absence in society as a whole reinforced the determination he had to be there for his children. “While you can study all the facts and figures, being a father to your own children is the ultimate test. I try to be a good role model. Sometimes it's not easy. It's always wonderful, but it's not always easy,” he said.

The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families, which is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, supports six fatherhood programs in 12 communities across the state while promoting father-friendly policies and practices, and helping to erase society's negative stereotype of unwed, low-income dads.

 

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