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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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Father Focus: George Johnson

November 4, 2019

George Johnson is an officer with the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office and father of three. He was frustrated with struggling to gain visitation to see his daughter who lives 16 hours away in another state. There were communication problems between Johnson and the mother of this child and the expense to make such a long trip regularly limited his opportunities to figure out the steps he needed to take to improve his relationship with her and his family.

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Littlejohn Keynote Speaker at Kentucky Fatherhood Summit

November 4, 2019

President Pat Littlejohn was invited to be a keynote speaker at the 2019 Kentucky Fatherhood Summit held Friday, September 27th in Lexington, KY. The summit, sponsored by the Kentucky Cabinet of Health and Family Services, presented a collaborative opportunity for social service professionals, legislators, law enforcement agencies, academicians, grassroots non-profits, and faith-based organizations to focus on pathways to influencing the future of fatherhood in Kentucky.

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2nd Annual Reel Connection Makes Splash for Fatherhood

October 30, 2019

In early October, Bassmaster Davy Hite left the boat ramp at Dreher Island State Park with this year’s father and son fishing team Nic Via and son Angelo who entered the 2019 Reel Connection Campaign in June. Their names were randomly selected from all who entered, and they were contacted with the good news on Father’s Day.

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Elected Leaders Breakfasts Held Statewide

October 30, 2019

Since mid-September, the Center and all affiliated fatherhood organizations across the state have hosted one or more Elected Leaders Breakfasts to thank city, county and state elected officials for their sustaining support of fathers and fatherhood programs.

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Littlejohn and Dean Receive Service Awards

October 30, 2019

President Pat Littlejohn and Director of Operations Kiki Dean were recognized for their service and dedication to our mission.

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Agencies work “Better Together” to Promote Father Inclusion

October 29, 2019

On Friday, October 4th, representatives from more than a dozen state agencies and public service institutions met for the third time to investigate ways to collaboratively develop and sustain policies, programs and practices that promote father inclusion. Under the banner “Better Together,” this series of meetings was funded by a mini planning grant from the Fatherhood Research and Practice Network and administered by the SC Center for Fathers and Families. Photo: Andrea Heyward (L), Arnold School of Public Health at USC, Community Health Worker Institute and Lamikka Purvis, Family Solutions of the Low Country – Family Services of the Lowcountry

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Father Focus: Charles Perritte

August 29, 2019

Charles Perritte enrolled in Father to Father with a strong desire to be a better parent to his children. At the time, he had no contact with them or their mother, nor did he have a driver’s license to make the three-hour drive to visit them.

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Putting SC Fathers to Work

January 25, 2019

One of the biggest obstacles that keeps South Carolina fathers from building relationships with their children is a lack of employment. Fathers need steady employment to stay on top of child support payments and provide financially for their children.

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