October 20, 2017

South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families programs exceed enrollment goal

September 2016 marked the beginning of year two of grant funding for the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families from the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families Grant, with the goal to recruit 500 voluntary participants into fatherhood programs statewide.

The dedicated staff at the center and its multiple fatherhood programs, supported by messaging and materials of the Father 365 campaign, exceeded that goal with 553 voluntary participants enrolled between Sept. 30, 2016 and Sept. 29, 2017. 

The grant provides funding for the 12 program locations in South Carolina. The curriculum focuses on parenting; economic stability and mobility; healthy marriage and healthy relationships. Funding also supports ongoing training for fatherhood program staff to improve quality of services delivered to participants. 

As the center celebrates this milestone, work has already begun to support efforts to exceed year-three goal of serving 800 voluntary program participants.

The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families, which is a Ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, believes that children thrive when an engaged, responsible father is active in their lives. Yet, in South Carolina many children live in a father-absent home and the consequences are dire for these children. To address this growing problem, the center supports six fatherhood programs in 12 communities across the state while promoting father-friendly policies and practices and helping to erase society's negative stereotypes of unwed, low-income dads.

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