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The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families

FAQ

Q) Who can join the program?
A) Father to Father, Inc. seeks to assist fathers who are at least 18 years old who currently are not closely engaged with their children. Fathers with certain charges and/or histories will not be allowed to enroll. This includes, but is not limited to, fathers with violent charges, child abuse, or sex offenses.

Q) How can you join the program?

A) A father who is interested in joining Father to Father needs to set up an initial meeting with program staff. Offices are located in North Charleston and Moncks Corner. At the initial meeting, staff will give an overview of the program and expectations of participants.

Q) How can Father to Father be contacted?

A) Please see our contact us page, or, if you are looking for a specific staff member, check the staff page.

Q) What is ATI?
A) ATI or Alternative To Incarceration programs provide the court system and low-income fathers with an alternative to incarceration for nonpayment of child support. The focus is not to have the father avoid his financial responsibility to his children, but to assist in creating an environment that enables him to meet that obligation.

The premise is twofold: 1) to connect potentially incarcerated fathers with fatherhood programs designed to overcome barriers to appropriate financial and emotional support; and 2) to save the state of South Carolina and taxpayers millions of dollars annually by not incarcerating the fathers who seek to reconnect with their families, but instead working with them on issues related to child support, legal issues, visitation and skill training.

Q) Is there a fee?
A) There is no cost to enroll, and anyone who is an enrolled participant may take part in any event, workshop, session, etc., for free.

Q) What is the difference between a non-custodial parent and a custodial parent?
A) A custodial parent is the parent who has custody of the child(ren). A non-custodial parent does not have custody of the child(ren).

Q) Is there a mother's place or an agency that serves women and mothers?
A) There are agencies within our community that serve women and mothers; referrals to outside agencies are available. Father to Father will accept qualified female applicants.

Q) Does the Agency serve young males or youth in general?
A) The Agency only serves fathers (and mothers) who are at least 18 years old that fit the criteria for the program.

Q) When do the fathers meet as a group?
A) Father to Father has weekly group sessions at its Charleston site, Tuesday afternoons from 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm and Thursday evenings from 6:30 pm -8:30 pm. Meetings are held at 5675 Woodbine Ave., North Charleston, SC 29406.

Weekly group sessions at the Berkeley site are Wednesday evenings from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm. Meetings are held at 255 N. Hwy 52, Suite 7, Moncks Corner, SC 29461.

Please call the office for directions.

Q) Who may attend your group sessions?
A) Our sessions are open to all enrolled program participants. Visitors must be approved by the Site Director before attending group sessions.

Q) What is Education Assistance? Will you pay for my education?
A) ) Father to Father does pay for some education in specific instances. Further, it assists participants with finding opportunities and resources to secure desired education or technical training that will allow them to get a job or to get a better-paying job. This includes GED classes, computer training, etc.

Q) What is Employment Assistance? Will you give/get me a job?
A) Father to Father assists participants in finding a job or finding a better-paying job. We have a Job Coach on staff to assist participants in all phases of employment, including interviewing skills, job-retention skills, resume preparation, etc.

Q) Will you make a child support payment for me?
A) The Project does not make child support payments. However, we assist fathers with information and referrals to ensure child support payments are correct based on current income.

Q) Can the mother of my children make me pay back-child support?
A) No, the order for child support is mandated by the court. The mother of your children can file for child support, and then it' s up to the court to decide whether or not you (or the non-custodial parent) will have to pay child support.

Q) How do I get visitation with my children?
A) Primarily, you would use an attorney, if you can afford one. However, Father to Father  has pro se visitation packets and offers assistance with completing forms. We also host workshops to provide education about the legal system.

Q) What does "Pro Se" mean?
A) "Pro Se" means to represent oneself in court without the assistance of an attorney.

Q) Are you attorneys?
A) No, but Father to Father can refer you to attorneys who can assist you with legal issues and provide legal education.