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 »
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April 15, 2022
The Central Carolina Community Foundation is presenting its ninth annual regional day of giving in the Midlands of South Carolina May 3 with an 18-hour online giving challenge known as Midlands Gives. Two ministries of the Sisters of Charity Health System are participating: Healthy Learners and the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families. WACH-FOX57 recently profiled Healthy Learners and how a gift to the ministry can change the lives of children to help promote the online giving event.
March 29, 2022
South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families fatherhood program receives grant to create a space for fathers and their children
The Midlands Fatherhood Coalition, which is a program of the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families, received a grant for $40,000 from the HDR Foundation to create a "dad's den" at its location in Sumter, South Carolina. The den will be a space for dads to gather for father-child activities, educational training, and to have access to the internet and laptops for homework help and job applications.
March 18, 2022
SC Center for Fathers and Families receives Nord Family Foundation funding to amplify importance of fatherhood
The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families has received a $30,000 grant from the Nord Family Foundation to amplify the importance and impact of fatherhood and increase organizational capacity to sustain the statewide fatherhood initiative. The grant will be used to help the center reverse the tide of attitudes dismissive of fatherhood and finger-pointing at absent fathers by underscoring the value of fathers and demonstrating the unwarranted barriers that society has created for divorced and unwed fathers in particular.
January 25, 2022
South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families kicks off yearlong celebration of strengthening fathers and families
For 20 years, countless partners, donors, advocates and leaders across South Carolina and the nation have supported the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families and its network of regional fatherhood organizations. Most importantly, this collaboration has helped fathers to lift their families out of poverty, build strong families and give their children the best chance in life.