Celebrating Fathers

Great dads help to raise great children. From bedtime storyteller to backyard basketball coach, nurturing fathers give children the structure, security and self-confidence they need to be healthy, well-balanced individuals.

Most men want to be good fathers, but some need help getting there. Many face barriers such as unemployment, lack of a positive parenting role model, or legal issues. That’s where we come in.

The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families is the hub for a network of six fatherhood program centers across the state. These centers help fathers obtain jobs, strengthen their parenting skills, build better relationships with their children's mothers, and navigate the maze of child support.

We provide a wide array of intensive services under one roof over an extended period of time. We encourage our dads to stick with our program for six months or more and not solve just the crisis of the day. It takes time to change, but it’s time well-spent.

Great dads help to raise great children. From bedtime storyteller to backyard basketball coach, nurturing fathers give children the structure, security and self-confidence they need to be healthy, well-balanced individuals.

Most men want to be good fathers, but some need help getting there. Many face barriers such as unemployment, lack of a positive parenting role model, or legal issues. That’s where we come in.

The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families is the hub for a network of six fatherhood program centers across the state. These centers help fathers obtain jobs, strengthen their parenting skills, build better relationships with their children's mothers, and navigate the maze of child support.

We provide a wide array of intensive services under one roof over an extended period of time. We encourage our dads to stick with our program for six months or more and not solve just the crisis of the day. It takes time to change, but it’s time well-spent.

Why Fatherhood Matters Research continues to show the devastating impact of father absence on children.

When Dads are Absent
Children are MORE LIKELY TO:

  • Drop out of school
  • Engage in criminal activity
  • Develop mental illness
  • Repeat the cycle of poverty
  • Use alcohol and drugs

When Dads are Present
Children are MORE LIKELY TO:

  • Reach higher cognitive development
  • Develop better self-esteem
  • Excel academically
  • Avoid promiscuous behavior
  • Be physically and emotionally healthy

Breaking the Cycle

So, how do we stop this father-absence crisis in South Carolina? How do we restore the hope and promise that every child deserves to feel?

It begins with the life-changing work of fatherhood programs.

Through our program centers and satellite locations in communities across the state, fathers can enroll in a six-month program offering the education, guidance, and support they need to remain or regain their role as a positive, supportive presence in the lives of their children.

Fatherhood Locations in SCThere are 15 program centers serving
36 counties throughout the state.

03,471
number of children
whose lives were affected
for the better.
  • 01,581
    Men served in 34 counties throughout the state.
  • $01,200,000
    Paid in child support.
  • $0 million12
    Savings to taxpayers and benefits to the economy.
  • 0840
    The number of men who had the opportunity to gain employment and meet their child support obligations rather than go to jail.
  • 0467
    Men reported improved relationships with their children
  • 01,070
    Men gained or kept employment
  •  
    These statistics have been collected from October 1, 2014 – September 30, 2015

Testimonials

Our fatherhood programs help more than 1,500 fathers annually. By providing the resources fathers need to become great dads, we are changing the lives of their children and families for the better.

Our services are free to participants, made possible through the support of people like you.

There is no dollar figure we can place on the importance of rebuilding families by strengthening fathers. But your gift of $25, $50, $75, $100 or more today will help one more father become an active, positive, supporting influence in his child's life.

Donate today