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.
ONLINE DISCUSSION EVENTS FOR PARENTS
Welcome to join our online discussion evenings to hear, share and gain new insights into the parenting and wellbeing in intercultural families. Read more
WORKSHOP FOR DIVORCED/SEPARATED PARENTS SATURDAY 7.10.
We welcome you to join us at our workshop day designed for parents who have gone through divorce. This workshop employs artistic methods to delve into experiences relating to divorce and parenting after divorce. Participation does not require previous expertise or participation in similar events. Read more
NEW RELATIONSHIP-STRENGTHENING ONLINE LECTURE SERIES IN OCTOBER
Would you like to get to know each other better or would you like to have a stronger connection between you? The aim of the lectures is to deepen the understanding of intercultural couples about each other, their relationship, their ways of interacting and their emotional skills. In addition, the lectures provide practical examples, tips and tools for challenging situations in a relationship. Read more and sign up!
BELINGUAL VOLUNTEER TRAINING IN AUGUST & SEPTEMBER
Belingual activities are designed to support your children’s language and identity development, but most of all we hope that children (and parents) will have fun, feel they are part of a community and form a positive relationship with their home language and culture.
Our first training session will be 12.8. at 10-12.30.
EVERY DAY PUZZLE IS BACK! CELEBRATE BABY DAY WITH US!
At this bilingual participatory performance, babies, toddlers and their parents are invited to take part and bring up experiences and observations regarding parenthood and everyday life with tiny human beings.The performance space is safe for babies and toddlers: they can crawl, walk around, and put things in their mouth safely. When: 29.9.23, Time: 16-17, Where: Q-theatre, puoli-Q stage, Tunturikatu 16, Helsinki. Register here for this free event!
REGISTRATION FOR AUTUM FINNISH LANGUAGE COURSES OPENS ON 25.7.!
There will be five courses, some of which are distance learning and some face-to-face teaching at our office. You can read more information about the courses soon over here!
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.