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.
NEW FRIENDSHIP ON THE WAY WITH DUO FATHERS' GROUP!
Meet fathers like you in Helsinki! Register now over here and see you on Thursdays at 6:00pm in Helsinki on June 1st, June 15th, June 29th, July 13th, and July 27th!
INTERCULTURAL SEPARATION GROUP MAY
If you are going through an intercultural divorce/separation or have recently gone through one, come and join our Intercultural Separation Support group in the autumn (the schedule will be confirmed later). Sign up in advance and we will contact you when the schedule is conformed. For more information, visit our website.
VISIT US AT THE WORLD VILLAGE FESTIVAL!
We will be at the World Village Festival on Saturday May 27th and Sunday May 28th , and we would love if you could visit our stand, have a chat, share some laughs and get to know a bit more about the wonderful work and activities we have for you. See you there and if possible, come to volunteer at our stand for a short while.
We also need volunteers for an exciting event in Helsinki this summer, to lead art, sport, and reading activities for kids. The Volunteer training is coming up on Saturday June 3rd. Register through this link!
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 email@example.com
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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