What is Familia?
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 family members have different cultural backgrounds. This usually means, that the partners were born and raised in different countries and speak different native languages. A child or children raised by a parent (s) with different cultural background (s), are also considered part of an intercultural family.
Duo Family Training for intercultural couples expecting a baby
This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Duo Family Training, and the popularity of the groups is still high! Over the years, hundreds of intercultural couples expecting babies have received information, peer support, new friends and tools for parenting and raising children between cultures and languages.
The next Duo Family Training group will meet online on Wednesday 28.2. (16.30-18.30) and face-to-face in Helsinki on Wednesday 10.4. (16.30–19.30). In Duo Family Training, you get to meet other intercultural families expecting a baby and share common experiences. In addition, you will receive information and tips on how to take care of your relationship after your baby arrives, and how to raise and support your child's bi- or multilingualism.
Registration for the spring groups is now open. Book your place in this popular training soon! Read more here!
Relationship lectures online for intercultural couples
Online lecture series for intercultural couples continues. In the online lectures, you will hear about the most common resources and challenges of an intercultural relationship, increase your understanding of the special characteristics of an intercultural relationship, and get practical tips and tools for maintaining and strengthening a relationship.
Lectures in English on Wednesdays (18.00-19.00) in spring 2024:
6.3. The dynamics of intercultural relationships
3.4. Feelings, emotional deadlocks and expressing our needs
15.5. Communication in an intercultural relationship
5.6. Tools for resolving conflicts
The lectures complement each other, but if you wish, you can also attend individual lectures. Lectures are not recorded, and the materials are only sent to lecture participants!
Register for the lecture of your choice by filling in the form online on our website.
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.
As a member of Familia, you are a valuable part of our community that promotes the well-being and equality of intercultural families in Finland. As a member, your voice and that of your family can be heard in the planning of services and in decision-making related to multiculturalism, multilingualism, immigration and integration, for example. As our member, you can also participate in Familia's regular meetings and thus, develop our activities.