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.
DUO FAMILY TRAINING GROUPS CONTINUE NEXT YEAR
The next workshops (in English) take place next year. You can pre-register for the face-to-face and online workshops and we will be in touch as soon as the schedule is confirmed. Even in the middle of the coronavirus crisis, 124 people took part in the Duo Family Training groups in 2021. The popularity of the groups shows the need for family training for intercultural couples. When the participants were asked what was the best thing about the training, this is what they answered: “Many different insights and experiences are always useful to hear!” “Food for thought provided by the facilitator and to hear from other couples.” “Connecting with other expecting parents in our situation and discussing our views.”
MULTILINGUAL FAMILIES' LANGUAGE POLICIES
Language development is a dynamic process and maintaining a language a life-long expedition. Only some children born into multilingual homes grow up speaking two or more languages. There are families who manage to transmit multiple languages to their children, but others do not. Children tend to learn the majority language in the country but may struggle with the transmission of the minority language that is not widely spoken in the community. A positive attitude towards a minority language from both parents and the child’s motivation to learn the language support minority language development and maintenance, writes PhD researcher Kaisa Pankakoski’s in the latest Library article of Familia. Read the full article from Familia's Library
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.
DUO DIVORCE LIVING ROOM THIS AUTUMN
Are you currently or have you gone through an intercultural divorce? Duo Divorce Living Room is a safe space for those who have experienced intercultural divorce to meet peers, share experiences and learn from others. Duo Divorce Living Room will meet every second Thursday from 17.30-19.30. More information and registration.
FAMILIA KID'S YOGA THIS AUTUMN
This autumn we are inviting intercultural kids in the Helsinki region to delve into the world of story-based yoga that will help build their mental and physical strength. The yoga club is meant for children between the ages of 3-9. The lessons will be facilitated by Familia’s volunteer and certified kid’s yoga teacher Lilla Murányi. Teaching will be in English. More information and registration.
DUO LIVING ROOM ONLINE - FAMILY CAFÉ FOR INTERCULTURAL FAMILIES
Duo Living Rooms are a place for parents, guardians and children of intercultural families to meet others and exchange ideas and experiences about the daily life of an intercultural family. During this spring the Duo Living Rooms will be held online in six meeting series. Each meeting will have a specific topic (like bilingualism or intercultural parenthood). Find out more and sign up for the Duo Living Room!
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.