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
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.
December 7, 2020
South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families hosting statewide men's health teleconference tonight
The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families, in partnership with it network of fatherhood organizations, is hosting a statewide teleconference for all fathers, partners and stakeholders this evening (Dec. 7) from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. HealthWise – Maintaining Men’s Health During Covid Times will be hosted by Nurse Practitioner Dawn Pender, facilitated by Program Manager Marc Himes and feature a panel of three health and wellness experts.
November 9, 2020
South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families president presents at 2020 Kentucky Fatherhood Summit
South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families President Pat Littlejohn was asked to present at the 2020 Kentucky Fatherhood Summit. The three-day, virtual summit was entitled “Equity, Empowerment, Engagement & Economic Stability Impacting Families & Communities through Positive Fathering" and was held October 27 – October 29. Remarks from Kentucky Governor Andy Beshar opened the summit.