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Learn more about our fatherhood initiatives, the people we help, the changes we’re working to make and the organizations making it possible.

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Welcome, New Incoming President, Karriem Edwards

May 19, 2022

The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families has announced Karriem Edwards as incoming president. He will take over for retiring president, Patricia Littlejohn, this summer.

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You're Invited To Celebrate An Historic Moment for Fatherhood!

May 19, 2022

The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families is receiving a Proclamation declaring June as Fathers Matter Month on June 1, 2022 at 10 a.m. As our partner and friend, we invite YOU to attend and celebrate this wonderful event with us.

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Father Focus Story: Marques Sumner, Midlands Fatherhood Coalition

May 19, 2022

Marques joined Midlands Fatherhood Coalition in his early twenties when he was seeking help obtaining court-ordered visitation for his five-year-old son and newborn daughter. He did not have a positive relationship with either of the children’s mothers at that time, and it made it difficult to communicate with them and get the time that he wanted as a father with his children.

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Midlands Gives: Goal Met!

May 19, 2022

Community, board and staff members came together May 3rd to help us not only meet, but significantly exceed, our $10,000 Midlands Gives goal! With a $1,000 kick-off gift from long-time fatherhood champion, John Boudreaux, more than $10,000 was raised in just 18 hours to help us fund summer sessions of our Reality Check program for young men ages 16-22 and father-child literacy efforts.

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New Little Free Library in Martin Luther King Park

April 21, 2022

On April 8, 2022, The SC Center for Fathers and Families (SCCFF) held a dedication of a Little Free Library at Martin Luther King Jr. Park. This is the second Little Library sponsored by SCCFF and in partnership with the City of Columbia and the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department.

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Midlands Gives is Coming!

April 21, 2022

Get Ready! May 3rd is coming! The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families is excited to be participating in Central Carolina Community Foundation’s Midlands Gives Day.

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Father Focus Story, Kevin Fray, A Father’s Way, Rock Hill

April 21, 2022

Before coming to "A Father's Way," my life seemed to be at a standstill. I didn't have my daughter and didn't know how to go about getting her in my custody.

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SCCFF receives the James E. Clyburn Health Equity Leadership Award

April 21, 2022

Last Thursday, April 14, the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families was honored to be awarded the James E. Clyburn Health Equity Leadership Award.

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SCCFF Cited as a Top Fatherhood Initiative in Florida Bill Analysis

April 21, 2022

As we celebrate 20 years of strengthening fathers, we are delighted our successes helped another state launch critical fatherhood programming. On Monday, April 11, Florida’s Governor, Ron DeSantis, signed landmark legislation to provide $70 million to establish a statewide fatherhood bill. Under the bill, the state Department of Children and Families will be directed to contract for the creation of the “Responsible Fatherhood Initiative.”

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South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families President Announces Retirement

April 11, 2022

Patricia Littlejohn, president of the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families, will retire in the summer of 2022. The Center is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System that works to reduce child poverty by ending father absence. Her retirement comes as the Center celebrates its 20th anniversary and commemorates serving more than 25,000 fathers across the state.

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Midlands Gives: Improving our Community by Impacting Male Youth

March 29, 2022

SCCFF is participating in “Midlands Gives Day” on May 3 to raise funds to expand our Reality Check program, as well as our father-child engagement reading project. To donate on Midlands Gives Day, May 3rd, you can visit https://www.midlandsgives.org/scfathersandfamilies Donations may be made ahead of time but earmarked for the campaign by texting SCCFF to 26989

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Father's Day Appeal

March 29, 2022

June is now Fathers’ Month in South Carolina! Join the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families as we spend all of June celebrating fathers who make families – and our entire state – safer, economically stronger and more vibrant. "Every dime raised during our Fathers’ Month Appeal will help another child, another father, another family and another neighborhood have a brighter future."

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