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April 6, 2017

Expanding Our Reach

To meet the needs of more fathers and families, the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families, in partnership with South Carolina Department of Social Services, expanded access to services with the opening of new program offices in Anderson, Florence, Rock Hill, Sumter, and Berkeley counties during the last fifteen months. This expansion enabled us to serve more than 2,500 fathers. The Center now supports 17 fatherhood programs serving 33 counties across the state.

In March 2016, the Center and Upstate Fatherhood Coalition held a community meeting with community groups, community leaders, and local government officials to present the timeline for the new program office opening in Anderson. Sumter hosted the grand opening of its new office in July 2016. Just a few days later, media and invited guest attended the ribbon cutting of Man 2 Man's new Florence location.

Growth continued into 2017. In February, Father to Father, Inc. in North Charleston moved to a new 7000 sq. ft. location and opened a satellite office in Berkeley County. Lancaster Fatherhood Project cut the ribbon outside its new office in Rock Hill signaling expansion into York County.

The Center continues to be the hub for promoting father-friendly policies and practices that help fathers improve their education, find jobs and build better relationships with their children.

 
Stephen Yarborough, assistant director of the Child Support Enforcement Division of the Department of Social Services,
addresses the audience at the Midlands Fatherhood Coalition's Sumter grand opening.

 
Katie Morgan, DSS and Richard Barr take questions at the community meeting in Anderson.
                       
Man 2 Man celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
                       
Rock Hill Mayor Pro Tem Ann Williamson and Lancaster Fatherhood Project's Executive Director Tyrom Faulkner
performed the honors during the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Rock Hill office.