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We at the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families believe that children thrive when an engaged, responsible father is active in their lives. Yet, in South Carolina many children live in a father-absent home and the consequences are dire for these children. To address this growing problem, The Center supports six fatherhood programs in 12 communities across the state while promoting father-friendly policies and practices and helping to erase society's negative stereotypes of unwed, low-income dads. Few programs have the expertise to deliver father-centered programs to enable men to develop the knowledge, confidence and skills to become responsible fathers and co-parents. The SC Center for Fathers and Families and the local fatherhood programs have this extensive experience.


The Center is an outgrowth of the fatherhood initiative, "Reducing Poverty through Father Engagement," launched by the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina in 1997 and the public-private partnership between the Foundation and the South Carolina Department of Social Services.

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The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families is also a member of a larger South Carolina family of ministries sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine based in Richfield, Ohio.