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The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families

Partners and Funders

Our program's effectiveness rests heavily on the experience, expertise and collaboration of our funders and partners. We have a strong support network of health and human service agencies that support our efforts by accepting referrals, conducting workshops or lending their know-how when called upon.

Many local businesses are willing to give fathers a second chance in the workplace, even when their past has a spotty work history. Provision of much-needed services is fueled by philanthropic gifts and grants and bridges the gap between delivery costs and discernible positive impacts for sincere, yet, struggling fathers.

Thanks to our partners and funders, low-income fathers have a place to grow, learn, and change and to end a vicious cycle of father absence. We invite you to become our partner and to financially invest in this community program that changes lives today and potentially generations to come.

Alston Wilkes Society
Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center
Goodwill Job Connections
Midlands Workforce Center
Columbia Housing Authority
Domestic Abuse Center of Columbia
Fairfield Behavioral Health Services
Fairfield County Adult Education
Fairfield County Coordinating Council
Fairfield County Council
Fairfield County Court Judges
Fairfield County Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services
Fairfield County Department of Social Services
Fairfield County Detention Center
Fairfield County Family Court
Fairfield County Mental Health Clinic
Fairfield County Transition Center
Fairfield County Workforce Investment Act
Fairfield Public Works
Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce
Citizens Against Spousal Abuse
Columbia Farms
Lexington County Clerk of Court
Lexington County Detention Center
Lexington County Family Court
Lexington County Probation, Pardon, and Parole
Lexington County School District’s
Lexington County Workforce Center
Lifelong Learning Center
LRC Substance & Behavioral Program
Midlands Education and Business Alliance
Midlands Tech
Palmetto Healthy Start
Palmetto Training Inc.
Palmetto AIDS Life Services
Project Hope
Sanctity, Inc.
SC Department of Corrections
SC Department of Probation, Parole, & Pardon Services
SC Department of Social Services, Child Support Services Division
SC First Steps
SC Parenting Opportunity Program
Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands
SisterCare, Inc.
South Carolina Legal Services (Lexington)
South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation


Value of workforce development and fatherhood program partnerships

Low-income fathers are often viewed as a high risk investment when it comes to job training and hiring. Yet, with supportive services and coaching provided by a fatherhood program, a father’s likelihood of success substantially increases. What makes a father in a local fatherhood program more likely to succeed:

  • Fathers are motivated
  • Voluntary
  • Court-ordered
  • Self-aware/mature

Fathers are supported

  • One Man Plan
  • Case management to address barriers to getting and keeping a job
  • Assistance navigating systems such as child support, workforce development, healthcare and family
  • Taught connection between employment and parental responsibility
  • Peer support promotes and teaches good decision making Fathers are more likely to succeed in Workforce Development
  • Receive Work Keys courseware
  • Receive transportation to job training
  • Receive individualized attention to develop a workforce preparation and employment plan
  • Track attendance at training.

Fathers are more likely to get and keep a job

  • Fatherhood job recruiter works with employers while the father is in training
  • Job recruiter helps educate fathers about government assistance such as tax credits, bonding, etc.
  • Receive job readiness, soft skills
  • Develop reputation of being good employees
  • Receive on-going case management and coaching after becoming employed
  • Receive transportation assistance
  • Stabilize life-style
  • Resolve child support issues that complicate employment

Benefits of Working with Fatherhood Programs

  • Low-income non-custodial parents and ex-offenders often seek trusting environment of a fatherhood program vs. governmental services
  • Fatherhood program staff can share case management
  • Produce value-added services that help access funding and improve outcomes for fathers
  • More than 10 years of experience in working with hard to employ fathers