Our mission is to persuasively present biblical principles in the centers of influence on issues affecting the family through research, communication, and networking.



Our vision is to transform the culture in South Carolina by promoting the values and virtues of marriage, the traditional family model, and sexual purity.



Palmetto Family focuses on seven core areas as they relate to the family. Each value is represented by a star in our logo. Below are our values.


We believe that we are not born by chance and time, but by the direct act of God. Religious liberty should be protected by law and vibrant churches should be encouraged.


We believe that social fabric is only as strong as the bond between its husbands and wives. Children raised in homes where parents enjoy a strong marriage are more likely to be successful.


We believe that mothers and fathers must build character in their children to see that their values live on. Parenting should be active, intentional, and nurturing.


We believe that learning is fundamental to success in life and that all schools – public, private, and home – should be driven by the wishes and active involvement of parents.


We believe that the earth and its fullness are a sacred trust. Natural, economic and family resources should be cherished as a gift from God.


We believe that private enterprise, not government, is the engine of economic progress. Free enterprise, entrepreneurship and hard work should be taught and celebrated.


We believe that just like they deserve clean air and clean water, families also deserve a clean society that treasures life, truth, justice and purity.


Under the leadership of G. Steven Suits M.D. of Spartanburg, Palmetto Family received its charter as a non-profit education organization in 1993, and opened an office in Columbia in the fall of 1994. Working in association with Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council, we began “defending and strengthening the family” in South Carolina.

Over the years we have been involved in South Carolina’s Partial Birth Abortion Ban, the defeat of Video Poker, preserving marriage as between one man and one woman, defending religious liberties (i.e., school prayer, release time, etc.), and many other issues.

Our research and publications also promote positive change that helps make South Carolina a better place to live and raise a family. We enjoy a reputation as a clear, credible voice on cultural and policy issues affecting the family. Our research has included Father Absence: A South Carolina Crisis, South Carolina Marital Health Index, What Parents Want? SC Voters Speak Out on Sexuality Education, Beyond Safe Sex: A Physician’s Prescription for Adolescent Health, and South Carolina Cultural Indicators.



Palmetto Family is a 501c3 non-profit organization established and abiding by all state and federal laws. We submit our organization to financial audits and review, and continue to abide by the highest legal and ethical standards in the solicitation and handling of donated funds.

Our accounting practices and procedures are consistent with generally accepted principles (GAAP) and are overseen and reviewed by Palmetto Family Board Chairman Stephen D. Kirkland, CPA, CMC, CFC of Atlantic Consulting Group. We also contract with the Hobbs Group, an external auditing and accounting firm specializing in non-profit organizations.

1201 Lincoln St. Ste. 301 Columbia, SC 29201  |    (803) 766-5600  |    email@palmettofamily.org