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The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families


September 25, 2015

Darnell Rivers, a Father to Father success story


Darnell Rivers is a father of six who was incarcerated because he couldn't find steady work, and fell behind in his child support payments. He entered the Father to Father program through the Alternative to Incarceration component.

He was in contact with most of his children on a regular basis, but he had little contact with one son who lived in the Greenville area -- it had been more than a year since he had seen him.

Darnell began attending group sessions where he learned about effective communications techniques, relationship-building and conflict resolution. He reached out to the mother of the son he hadn't seen in Greenville, and was able to begin a discussion about reconnecting with him. He found that the techniques he had learned in group helped him in discussions with the child's mother.

Finally, his son from Greenville spent this past Easter weekend with him in Charleston.

Darnell was also able to regain employment. He signed up for wage withholding and has paid child support consistently ever since.