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The National Directory of
Family-Run & Youth-Guided Organizations
for Children’s Behavioral Health

Federation of Families of South Carolina

Mailing Address:
810 Dutch Square Blvd., Suite 205
Columbia, SC 29210

Phone: 803-772-5210 866-779-0402
Fax: 803-772-5212

Contact Person: Pheobe S. Malloy

Email:

Web Site: http://www.fedfamsc.org

Population Served:
Serious Emotional and Behavioral Disturbances,Trauma/PTSD,Juvenile Justice,Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder(ADHD),LGBTQ,Mental Illness/Mental Health,Military Families,Substance Abuse,Transition-aged Youth

Mission:
The mission of the Federation of Families of South Carolina is to provide leadership in the area of children's mental health through education, awareness, support and advocacy for families of children and youth with, or with the potential for emotional, behavioral or mental health, or substance use disorders.

Description:
The Federation of Families is a Statewide Family Network organized to provide information, training, and support for families of children who have been identified with, or are at risk of developing an emotional or behavioral disorder. We assist families in starting and maintaining family support networks in their local community; the youth component, for ages 12-25, is called Youth M.O.V.E. (Motivating Others through Voices of Experience). We also offer a parent helpline to provide telephone support to families. We promote awareness of children’s mental health through educational materials, displays, conferences and workshops. Parents are empowered to become leaders through our Leadership Training, which prepares them to advocate for themselves and others through participation on local and state boards and committees to effect changes in policies for the betterment of services to youth and their families. We strive to promote “Family-Driven and Youth Guided” principles and are currently providing Parent Support Provider Training to family members with “lived experience” so that they can be a source of support and encouragement to other families. We also offer Mental Health First Aid Training that teaches how to help people developing a mental illness or someone in a crisis situation.

Organization role:
• Provide family to family or youth to youth support on an individual family or youth level (e.g., peer-to-peer, family support partners, parent navigators)
• Sponsor/run support groups for families or youth
• Provide education to families or youth on issues of interest
• Provide training and mentoring of family members or youth (e.g., to assume leadership roles, act as provider)
• Provide training and presentations to system of care/child serving agencies or community
• Recruit family members or youth for positions within child serving agencies
• Organize conferences
• Participate in child serving system/system of care management meetings
• Provide advocacy

Organization type:
• A statewide family-run organization
• A family-run or youth-guided organization with a current or past affiliation with a System of Care Community of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program (i.e., CMHS System of Care grant site)
• A statewide family-run chapter of a national organization

Region(s) served:
• Statewide

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