Finding and addressing unmet needs is our history.
We’re part of an organization—the Sisters of Charity Health System—that’s been dedicated to creating healthier communities for more than 150 years.
1997: Engaging fathers to reduce child poverty
The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families grew out of a statewide initiative launched in 1997 by The Sisters of Charity Foundation to reduce child poverty by re-engaging fathers with families. Operating as a public-private partnership with the S.C. Department of Social Services, the initiative showed great promise.
2002: Sustaining and expanding our work
The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families was established in 2002, to sustain and expand the fatherhood initiative.
2005: Piloting programs around the state
In 2005, the Center piloted Father to Father, Inc. in North Charleston. A year later, that program was replicated at several other sites and the Center became one of 100 fatherhood initiatives nationwide to receive a federal grant from the Office of Family Assistance (OFA) and was recognized as one of the most successful OFA funded programs in the country.
2007: Adding healthcare to our services
As we developed community fatherhood services, we found a high percentage of fathers in our programs suffered from multiple health problems, had poor eating habits and did not have health insurance. In 2007, we added access to health care, a comprehensive approach to care and education for non-custodial fathers.
2015: Building a network to reach fathers where they are
With a long-term commitment from the S.C. Department of Social Services, we significantly expanded our network of community-based programs in 2015. The Center provides technical support and funding for these programs, in addition to raising awareness of fatherhood issues statewide. We also collaborate to collect and analyze data, so that programs can be evaluated and adapted to better meet fathers’ needs.
2017: Incorporating digital media
Those data-driven insights led us to create Father 365 in 2017. We discovered that many men in our programs didn’t have computers but used their phones to find information. Built specifically as a tool for fathers, Father 365 provides resources such as parenting tips and a child support guide, plus inspiration for fathers to reconnect with their children.
Today: Providing a unique national model
We guide the work of 6 local fatherhood organizations. A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, we are one of the nation’s largest, longest-running and most respected statewide fatherhood networks, unique in scope and in its service delivery model in the U.S.