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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WPDE-TV: Dads earn the title of 'father' at community program graduation

The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families celebrates the hard work of men who want to improve their relationships with their families and strengthen their lives, which was evident last week at a graduation ceremony held by A Father’s Place, which is a program of the center. WPDE-TV covered the ceremony.[More]

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Legislator visits South Carolina fatherhood program

South Carolina Rep. Garry Smith recently visited the Upstate Fatherhood Coalition in Greenville to learn more about the fatherhood program and the services it provides to people living in his district. The Upstate Fatherhood Coalition is a program of the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families.[More]

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The Sumter Item: Midlands Fatherhood Coalition hosts 1st graduation in Sumter

The Midlands Fatherhood Coalition, which is a program of the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families, recently held its first graduation in Sumter, South Carolina. The program in Sumter was established two years ago as part of the center’s 17 fatherhood programs it supports statewide.[More]

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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 center and its multiple fatherhood programs exceeded that goal with 553 voluntary participants enrolled between Sept. 30, 2016 and Sept. 29, 2017.[More]

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Anonymous gift enhances South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families Men's Health Initiative

A generous $10,000 donation to the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families earlier this year from The Cheerful Giver, an anonymous donor through the Central Carolina Community Foundation, has enhanced access to men’s health services for fatherhood program participants.[More]

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