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.
Founded in 2002, SFFC has partnered with churches, local community agencies, as well as government organizations in more than a dozen states.
The goal of SFFC is to preserve and strengthen the family during crisis and reunite the children with their parents once the crisis has passed.