Keith Danby, chief executive of SFFC, said: "We are a Christian-based organisation and approached the churches believing that we could mobilise an army of caring people with a natural instinct to help.
SFFC has been given official charity status and its policies and procedures have been approved by the Safeguarding Children's Board in Middlesbrough.
The service SFFC provides has two strands: host families, who provide a safe and caring environment in their own home for children whose parents are in crisis and need some breathing space to stabilise their lives; and family friends or mentors, who work alongside, coach and support parents who need ongoing help.
has been given official charity status and its policies and procedures have been praised for their high standard by Mark Braithwaite, chairman of the Middlesbrough Local Safeguarding Children's Board.
is also holding an open evening for people to find out more at St Barnabas Church, in St Barnabas Road, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough on Thursday,
A subsidiary of leading Philippines transportation and logistics company 2Go Group Inc , SFFC has awarded Austal a AU$13million contract which includes the provision of spares.
Announcing the contracts, Austal Chief Executive Officer David Singleton said the two contracts were significant in many ways, with the two SFFC vessels representing Austal Philippines first new build program for the Philippines domestic market and the Seaspovill contract Austals first new build for South Korea.