After the fall of the Berlin wall, Catholic family associations from several European Countries gathered to create a European platform. Austrian, Italian, French and German Family Associations signed a common Charter in 1991 and later signed in 1994 statutes for the coordination of European Catholic family organsations, which by 1997 had become the Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe (FAFCE), registered in Strasbourg, France.
The Council of Europe recognised FAFCE as a Non-Governmental Organisation with a participative status in 2001 and FAFCE was granted one year later the authorisation to submit collective complaints within the framework of the European Social Charter.
In 2009 FAFCE opened its office in Brussels. Over the years the number of member organisations has grown and FAFCE today represents organisations from all parts of Europe.