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The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families

Director's Message

Dear Friends:

Welcome to our site. The trend of father absence is a significant problem in our country, with far reaching implications for our children and communities. Nationally more than 3 out of 10 children (33.5%) live absent their biological father, and in the African-American community, it is more than 3 out of 5 (63%). In fact, 80% of African-American children can now expect to spend at least a significant part of their childhood years living apart from their fathers (National Fatherhood Initiative, 2007).

The evidence is compelling and is a motivation for action. This trend of father absence must be stemmed, and A Father's Place is committed to this end.

No one can deny the power of an effective father. Fathers, with their presence or absence, leave an indelible mark on the lives of children. Research shows that problem behaviors and negative physical, emotional or educational consequences are more frequent for children from unmarried families than from married families.

At A Father's Place, we work to give each man the proper tools to be the best father that he can be. The core components of our program - values assessment, parenting, employment, legal rights, and responsibilities - provide the tools but each man provides the change. A Father's Place recognizes that change is difficult and takes time, but we seek to reach the hearts of our participants and work with them to find their proper place as men and fathers. This is a difficult challenge but victory is possible. I extend to you my personal greeting and invitation to join with A Father's Place to make a difference in the lives of fathers and families.

 

Wallace Evans Jr. 
Executive Director 
A Father's Place