Our Mission

To provide leadership in the area of children’s mental health through education, awareness, support, and advocacy for families of children and youth with emotional, behavioral, mental and/or substance use disorders.

Calling All Artists!!


Submissions are now open for the annual statewide art contest for children, youth and young adults (up to age 25).


When words fail, art speaks! Be a Messenger of Hope and participate in this creative outlet to combat mental health stigma.




Theme: “It’s OK to not be OK!”

2024 Columbia Wave Fest

The Columbia Wave Fest is a community event that promotes wellness by connecting children, youth and families to available resources and fun activities!

2023 Annual Family and Youth Retreat

Join us for engaging workshops, support sessions, special guests, catered meals, and more!

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Click below to view our calendar of events.

I am so happy to be a part of their Family Support Network group. Sharing my experiences with others has helped me realize that I am not alone in the problems I face as a parent.

Family Member

The support Federation of Families has given me has made me feel more connected to other families in my community and more hopeful which has greatly improved the relationship with my child.

Family Member


1 in 5 children has a behavioral health challenge.


There is an 80% success rate for treatment of mental health challenges in children and youth.


50% of children with mental health problems in South Carolina did not receive needed mental health services


THREE QUARTERS of mental health disorders begin before age 24

Children with Behavioral Health Needs

Have strengths and make valuable contributions to their families.

Children with Behavioral Health Needs

Are children first and deserve the same love, care, and attention as any other child.

Children with Behavioral Health Needs

Have a right to safely participate in community life, live with their families and attend school.

Children with Behavioral Health Needs

Come from all backgrounds and must be treated with dignity and respect.

Children with Behavioral Health Needs

Must receive all the services and supports necessary to achieve their potential.

Our Work

Parent & Youth Peer Support

Our peer support providers use their lived experience to assist and empower children and youth with emotional, behavioral or mental health needs and/ or substance use challenges and their families.


We offer year-round training sessions to youth, caregivers and providers to empower them to actively use their voice.


We educate families and youth to build self advocacy skills and participate on boards and committees to improve outcomes for children, youth and families in South Carolina.

Contact Information


Federation of Families of SC
810 Dutch Square Blvd. Suite 486
Columbia, SC 29210

803-772-5210 – Office
866-779-0402 – Toll Free
803-772-5212 – Fax


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