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All families need support sometimes

The lastensuojelu.info website provides basic information on services for families with children in Finland in several languages. The website is aimed specifically at immigrant parents and professionals who work with them.

Society supports families in many ways, and help and support is available for a variety of situations in life. Help and advice can be sought from municipal services for children and families, non-governmental organisations as well as parishes and other religious organisations.

about child welfare services in Ukrainian:

Читайте про захист дітей українською

Як у Фінляндії організований захист дітей?

Читайте про захист дітей українською

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The rights of the child

All services for children and families are based on legislation. The Finnish law takes into account common, internationally agreed principles. The most important of these for children is the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The rights of the child

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Parenthood and relationship

Society provides guidance and counselling to families to support them in parenting, raising children and relationships.

Parenthood and relationship

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Support for the everyday life

In Finland, society helps parents and children in a variety of ways. There are many services that are open to everyone, such as maternity and child health clinics and schools.

Support for the everyday life

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Social services

In Finland, everyone has the right to receive help if they need it. If the support that is available through the services open to everyone is not sufficient, social services and child welfare services can help.

Social services

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Child welfare services

Often the fear that a child will be taken away is associated with child welfare services. In reality, the services always try to help a child so that they can live in their own home with family.

Child welfare services

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Real-life stories

All families need support sometimes. There are moments when problems and worries seem to grow very big, and it’s important to know that help is available. These real-life stories describe the kind of help and support child welfare services and organisations have provided for immigrant families.

Real-life stories

Glossary

There are many concepts associated with child welfare. The glossary explains what the most important terms mean.

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