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Family care by Child Welfare Services

Family care in a foster family is valid until further notice and it may last until the child comes of age.

The purpose of family care is to provide the child with individualist care and treatment, long-term relationships and a safe home. During the placement, the child has the right to stay in touch with those people important to him or her, and the foster families will work together with the child's birth parents and various authorities.

The foster family is carefully chosen and the child's transition to the new home is carefully prepared, while taking account of the opinions of all the parties and keeping the child's best interest in mind. Each child is placed with the most suitable foster family, which commits to taking care of the child's care and upbringing.

The purpose of family care is to provide the child with a stable and safe growth environment. Furthermore, the child will need support, in order to replace his or her attachment or interactive relationships and to build trust with the adults that are taking care of him or her. Placement into a family is always valid until further notice. The situation of the child and his or her birth family is regularly assessed during customer plan negotiations. A social worker of long-term family care will support the placed child, the foster family and the child's birth family.


The service is only for citizens of Helsinki.

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The Social Services, Health Care and Rescue Services Division

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