History and Mission

Founded on December 10, 1997, Fathers’ Support Center is dedicated to improving the lives of children and families through encouraging committed and responsible parents.

Our mission is to foster healthy relationships by strengthening families and communities.

Since its founding, Fathers’ Support Center has served more than 14,000 fathers and their families — including more than 35,000 children. FSC has experienced continued success with its nationally-recognized partnership with the Deaconess Foundation. Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) acknowledged the partnership in September 2016.

FSC’s rigorous, full immersion Family Formation Program boasts a 63% completion rate and 66% job placement rate. Men who completed this core program in the past year are paying a combined $273,000 annually to directly support their children, and 56% of them report increased interaction with their children. In addition, 197 clients agency-wide obtained employment in the last year and are putting a combined $3.4 million into the local economy.

In 2015, on a $4.1 million budget, FSC’s return on investment to the St. Louis community totaled more than $11.8 million.

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Fathers’ Support Center needs the financial support of people like you. In order to realize our vision:

Every Father is a Responsible Father Who is Committed to a Cohesive Family Relationship.

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