South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families

SC Center for Fathers and Families

The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families is a faith-based, nonprofit organization that supports a statewide infrastructure that reduces barriers and strengthens relationships between fathers and families throughout South Carolina.

South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families

A ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, the center:

  • Provides leadership, infrastructure and oversight for the statewide fatherhood Initiative
  • Promotes father-friendly policies while seeking to change adversarial policies that hinder men from re-engaging with their children
  • Provides wide-ranging programming support, evaluation and technical assistance for a well-coordinated initiative
  • Helps raise funds and provides financial resources to local fatherhood programs
  • Increases awareness about fatherhood in South Carolina and across the nation

The South Carolina Center for Father and Families is an outgrowth of the Fatherhood Engagement Initiative of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina and was founded in 2002 through a partnership between the foundation and the state Department of Social Services.

Learn more about the center at www.scfathersandfamilies.com.


South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families

2711 Middleburg Drive, Suite 111
Columbia, SC 29204

p: 803 227 8800

Established 2002

The center and local affiliated programs have more than 10 years of fatherhood programmatic operation experience making the programs the most seasoned veteran programs in the state.

The center has extensive experience with managing and monitoring federal and state governmental funding and private grants and donations.

The center and programs are accountable for program outcomes. Programs and the overall initiative are evaluated by the University of South Carolina's Institute for Families in Society.

Every program is built upon researched best practices, includes holistic services and comprehensive curriculum.

Pat Littlejohn

Executive Director,
South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families

Pat Littlejohn

Patricia Littlejohn has served as the director for the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families since 2005. In addition, Mrs. Littlejohn is the assistant executive director of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina. In this role, she is responsible for the development, implementation and oversight of the foundation's statewide strategic grantmaking initiative, Reducing Poverty through Father Engagement, which began in 1997. Read More »

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South Carolina fatherhood program strengthening relationships between fathers and children

A Father’s Place, which is a program of the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families, is working with a shelter in Myrtle Beach to help men served by the shelter reconnect with their children. WBTW News13 spotlighted the partnership with New Directions and the work A Father’s Place is doing in Myrtle Beach.[More]

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South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families highlights successes and outcomes in new 2017 impact report

Last year, 7,525 children were positively impacted by the fatherhood programs of the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families. The center has released its 2017 Impact Report, which highlights continued expansion of services and advancement of the center’s mission to provide the means for fathers to become great dads.[More]

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South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families premiers “Facing Early Fatherhood” documentary across South Carolina

The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families produced the documentary, “Facing Early Fatherhood,” which has been shown at multiple locations across South Carolina. The documentary most recently premiered in Spartanburg in conjunction with the Upstate Fatherhood Coalition, which is a program of the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families.[More]

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Father Focus: South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families helps a dad get a job and raise his children

Zachary Walker was court ordered to participate in the Midlands Fatherhood Coalition (MFC) program. He had custody of his oldest two daughters, but the mother of his son and younger daughter denied him visitation because he wasn’t paying child support. With help from the program, he obtained a job, was able to buy a house and receive increased visitation.[More]

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Mark Cotleur Joins Sisters of Charity Health System as Senior Vice President of Fund Development

Mark Cotleur has joined the Sisters of Charity Health System as senior vice president for fund development. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing fundraising on behalf of St. Vincent Charity Medical Center in Cleveland, Mercy Medical Center in Canton, Regina Health Center in Richfield, Light of Hearts Villa in Bedford, and six outreach ministries in Ohio and South Carolina. [More]

tags: health care, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, Mercy Medical Center, Regina Health Center, Light of Hearts Villa, Building Healthy Communities, Catholic Community Connection, Early Childhood Resource Center, Healthy Learners, Joseph's Home, South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families