Familia ry – founded in 1988 – is a national expert organisation of intercultural families. We support the wellbeing of intercultural families by offering peer support and volunteer activities, information, and advice. We also aim at making improvements in the social and legal systems, so that the needs of intercultural and multilingual families and Finns would be better met.
Intercultural families as a term, refers to families in which at least one family member has a different cultural background. This means, that one partner or both partners were not born in Finland, or have different cultural backgrounds. A child or children raised by a parent (s) with different cultural background, are also considered part of an intercultural family.
Familia belongs to the Diverse-Family network. The network consists of ten different family associations representing a variety of different types of families. The aim of the Diverse Families Network is a society where families are equal, and every family can be proud of itself.
INTERCULTURAL SEPARATION SUPPORT CHATS IN APRIL AND MAY
Are you divorced or are you thinking about a divorce from an intercultural relationship? Intercultural separation and divorce involves unique questions and perspectives, which may not always be taken into account in general separation and divorce support services. In this intercultural separation and divorce themed chat by Familia, you can talk with a professional about questions related to intercultural breakups (in English or in Finnish) on Wednesdays 5.4., 19.4., 3.5. and 17.5.2023 3pm to 4pm. More information
MEET OUR NEW DUO JOB HUNTING FOR WOMEN AGED 40+
The Duo Job Hunting group 40+ is a new and specifically tailored group for women who are 40 years and older, and who have been out of employment due to various reasons for extended periods of time. The group meets 6.3.-20.4.2023 from 10am to 12 pm. Find more information on this registration link!
TELL YOUR STORY AS PART OF OUR ANNIVERSARY YEAR!
Our 35th anniversary this year is all about celebrating stories, interculturalism, and connection. We’re looking to hear stories from a time you have personally faced any downsides or happy moments of interculturalism in Finland. Send your story or ask questions to Yvette Ahonen: email@example.com
NEW FRIENDSHIP ON THE WAY WITH DUO FATHERS' GROUP!
Meet fathers like you in Helsinki at the end of February or the beginning of March. The exact date will be confirmed soon. Still, save your spot and register here.
JOIN OUR NEW BELENGUAL LANGUAGE CLUBS IN FRENCH, ITALIAN AND FARSI
For the spring season, there will be 15 different Belingual language clubs. In our clubs, children get to hear and use their home language and learn about the culture of their community through play. See if there is a club in your language and sign up!
REGISTRATION FOR DUO FAMILY TRAINING SPRING 2023!
For couples expecting a baby who cannot attend face-to-face meeting or prefer to attend online, Duo Family Training workshops online will be held on Tuesday 23.5. from 4pm to 6pm. Our next face-to-face Family Training meeting will be held at our premises in Helsinki on Tuesday 4.4., from 4.30pm to 7.30pm.
You can register for your preferred training by filling in this registration form.
CITIZENS' INITIATIVE LAUNCHED!
We are pleased to announce that we launched the Multi Mother-Tongued Citizens' Initiative (Äidinkielenä monikielisyys in Finnish). The initiative promotes multilingualism and proposes that it should be possible to register more than one mother tongue in Finland. You can keep up to date with the campaign by following its own Facebook and Instagram pages, or by reading more about the initiative on its own website. Your support is greatly appreciated - sign here, it only takes a minute! If you want to get involved with the campaign or get more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
JOIN US IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF OUR CAMPAIGN
We are now looking for volunteers for our campaign team who are interested in multilingualism and especially in promoting registering several mother tongue’s in society. Familia is launching a campaign to highlight the importance of several mother tongue’s and to promote the recognition of multilingualism in society.
Read more on our webpage and join the team.
SEARCHING FOR NEW VOLUNTEERS
We are once again searching for new volunteers interested in Familia's activities and supporting the well-being of intercultural families. As a volunteer you will get a meaningful volunteer assignment, support and training and a wonderful network of other volunteers. Read more about volunteering and sign up.
WHAT IS FAMILIA?
We are the leading expert and advocate of intercultural families. Our mission is to support intercultural families' two-way integration process in Finland. At the center of our work is to make equality and non-discrimination an integral part of Finnish society.
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