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The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families

History

The Midlands Fatherhood Coalition started as three separate organizations in established from 1999 - 2001. Fathers Matter, which was formed under the umbrella of Fairfield Behavioral Services served fathers in Fairfield County; Columbia Fatherhood Engagement established by the Columbia Urban League and later 100 Black Men served fathers re-entering the community from prison and fathers in Richland County and Fathers with Pride, founded by Wiley Kennedy Foundation served fathers from Richland County primarily northeast Columbia and later expanded to serve the growing need for a fatherhood program in Lexington.

These three projects were initially funded through their umbrella organizations with funding by the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina. All three projects later became independent 501(c)3 organizations. As community needs changed and the need to restructure to better utilize resources and enhance coordination in the midlands area, the Midlands Fatherhood Coalition was formed to serve fathers in Richland, Lexington, and Fairfield counties and beyond. Offices are located in Columbia, Lexington and Winnsboro.