Well, my dad isn’t much for material gifts – goods or services. His repeated message to me is to be a happy, healthy, responsible and well-adjusted adult. And he’s offered me the gift of a stable role model, a provider for my family and someone who is available to talk to when things aren’t going so well or when something brings me joy. I’m lucky to have him in my life.
And that got me thinking, thinking about families where fathers aren’t always around.
Father #1 currently has a wife and four children at home, but also two children from a previous relationship. He pays his monthly child support. He does not have any visitation rights. He asked for help to be able to see his children.
Father #2 was incarcerated for being in arrears for his child support payments. As a result he was placed into the program and has been diligently working with the program.
Father #3 meets the federal poverty guidelines even though he is working. He has been diligently paying his child support for 3 years and still does not have any visitation.
Father #4 paid child support for years without any visitation. He came to the program for assistance with visitation. Communication with his child’s mother was at a stand-still. He was unable to make any headway until he came to the Fatherhood program and learned skills to communicate with his child’s mother. As a result of his new skills, he was finally able to obtain visitation.
The Center performs a needed service – uniting children with their fathers. And that’s something good to remember this Father’s Day.
For more information about the Center for Fathers and Families, you may want to review the history of the center. The Center was developed from “Reducing Poverty through Father Engagement,” which was launched in 1997.
Tune in for the South Carolina State of the Judiciary on February 25, 2009 at 12:00 p.m. Chief Justice Jean H. Toal will deliver the address to the General Assembly which will also be broadcast live on the Internet and archived for later viewing.
Sue Berkowitz, the Executive Director of Appleseed and an SCATJ Commissioner, was interviewed and will be featured on this program discussing the impact of the economic climate on today’s Baby Boomers.
Just last week, SCETV’s The Big Picture produced a program about the South Carolina Access to Justice Commission’s public hearings and self-represented litigants. If you missed the earlier coverage, no problem, both the television and radio shows are available online.
Simply click here and go to the tab labeled WATCH/LISTEN. Then decide whether to watch the 30 minute television show or listen to the hour radio show.
Again, thanks to Mark Quinn and everyone who helped with The Big Picture South Carolina Access to Justice program.
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At any rate, by now you’ve heard about the upcoming SCETV special on South Carolina Access to Justice and self-represented litigants, right?
Tune in this Thursday night (7:30 p.m.) on your local SCETV station to The Big Picture with Mark Quinn. Or, if you must, check out the special two more times, once on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and once on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
On Friday, tune in to hear the discussion continue on your South Carolina public radio news channel from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.
And, in case you missed my earlier previews of the special, check them out –