Fathers and Families

Among those attending a South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families in Orangeburg on Sept. 14 are, from left, Charles Brown, assistant executive director of the organization; Kalon Johnson, program participant; Larry Felder, intervention specialist for Orangeburg and Bamberg counties; and program participants Krystal Chavis and Kentrell Jones.

T&D CORRESPONDENT LISA B. STOKES

The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families has expanded its services into Orangeburg and Bamberg counties.

While the program is based in Lexington and Columbia, Charles Brown, assistant executive director of the organization, saw a significant need for Orangeburg and Bamberg counties to also be served.

“I knew there was a similar program serving this area at one time. But, for whatever reason, that program is no longer here,” Brown said in a recent interview.

The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families “believes fathers make unique, irreplaceable contributions to their children,” he said.

The organization, which is funded through the Sisters of Charity Foundation, is not connected with the previous group that was supporting fathers needing assistance, Brown said.

“The Midlands program focuses on a broad variety of topics including: spiritual development; effective communication; job readiness and employment; understanding child support and the legal system; financial management; parenting and co-parenting; healthy relationships; and men’s health and education,” he said.

While the center is called a “fatherhood” organization, Brown said the organization will serve women as well.

“We operate under federal guidelines and receive federal funds. So we cannot discriminate. We can keep our name, but we can’t exclude women,” he noted.

Orangeburg and Bamberg…

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