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Support family activities

Support families are ordinary families who have the time, space, and willingness to take care of a child. We provide the training necessary for families to act as support families.

Support families provide parents with a safe place to take their child and have some time for themselves. Support families provide a child with different experiences and new, important relationships that support the child's growth.

Children usually spend weekends, 1-2 nights at a time about once a month, in the support family but otherwise live in their own home. The support families live within 150 kilometres of Helsinki.

The service is intended for children and families who are in need of special support or who are clients of child welfare and have a limited support network.

You can discuss applying for the service with your designated social worker and apply for the service if the application criteria are met.

The service is free of charge.


The service is intended for children with need of special support or the child welfare client families. The service helps in problems with parenting, parent's energy resources and when the family has a small social network.

The service is only for citizens of Helsinki.

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Related service points and contact information:


The Social Services, Health Care and Rescue Services Division

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