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Support family activities

For children with need of special support the city can arrange a support family. Organising these activities is based on a plan made after a service needs evaluation. The objective is to support the development of the child and give the parents a break.

The children will stay overnight with the support family according to scheduled dates.

The service is applied for together with the social worker responsible for the child's affairs. The service is goal-oriented and granted for a fixed period and it is evaluated annually.

Support families are normal families coached for the purpose. No social services or health care expertise is required. The support family takes care of the transports of the child.

Contact information:

Child welfare services/Support family activities
Social worker Pirjo Akkanen
Tel. 09 3104 3240

The services are free of charge for the customers.


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.

Available languages:


Related service points and contact information:


Social Services and Health Care Division

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