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.
FAMILIA' S KITCHEN CLUB ACTIVITIES START AGAIN ON SEPTEMBER 24TH!
Familia's Kitchen club is an activity we offer for our Finnish language students. There the students get to learn about traditional Finnish foods and other household skills such as way to economical cooking. The club is done in cooperation with Finlands Svenska Marthaförbundin kanssa.
This fall the club will be organized on Fridays from 10 till 14 o'clock.
This year the spots are limited, and we will be able to only take the first six interested persons. So, if you are a Finnish student at Familia and cooking with some friends interest you, do not hesitate to sign up here! Sign-up deadline is on September21st.
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.
DUO FAMILY TRAINING ONLINE FAMILY WORKSHOPS THIS AUTUMN
Duo Family Training is intended for intercultural couples expecting a baby. The training consists of a Duo Family Training Online Course (self-study) and family workshop. The themes of Duo Family Training include different aspects of intercultural family life: relationship and parenthood as well as child development and bilingualism. The next Duo Family Training Family Workshops online take place in September, October and November. Read more or register for the Duo Family Training workshops online.
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.