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.
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.
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.
SOUTH CAROLINA CENTER FOR FATHERS AND FAMILIES
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 »
Recent Blog Posts
February 18, 2021
SC Center for Fathers and Families receives $10K grant from SC Cancer Alliance to enhance men’s health curriculum
Research shows that cancer is a leading cause of death among African American men and that lung and prostate cancers have the highest mortality rates for them followed by colorectal, pancreas, and stomach. To help increase an emphasis on prevention of these diseases, the SC Cancer Alliance has awarded a $10,000 grant to the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families to enhance its five-week Men’s Health curriculum for non-custodial fathers.
February 12, 2021
Fatherhood program helps put father of two on path to new career and better relationship with his children
Demetrius Pruitt had never learned how to work through issues with others in a positive manner, so he struggled with parenting, communication and earnings. A father of two sons by different mothers, he wanted to improve. When he fell behind on his child support payment, a judge thought he would benefit more from the fatherhood programs at Upstate Fatherhood Coalition (UFC) than from spending time in jail. Hard work and some help from UFC puts Demetrius on the path to a new career and a better relationship with his children.
January 21, 2021
The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families announced the appointment of Warren Bolton as chairman of the board of trustees. Bolton has served as a member of the board since June 2015. He succeeds Tim Arnold, President & CEO, Colonial Life, who was appointed to the role in 2012.
December 11, 2020
South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families program part of basic income pilot program for 100 Columbia fathers
Columbia, South Carolina, Mayor Steve Benjamin is spearheading a basic income pilot program that will use funding from a social media giant to help provide 100 local fathers with hundreds of dollars each month over two years. The 100 fathers will be selected by the Midlands Fatherhood Coalition, which is a program of the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families.