The activities of the family clubs are preventive child protection. You can join the service under the guidance of a nurse of the Maternity Clinic or the Child Welfare Clinic or a social worker specialized in child welfare.
The employees of the group provide guidance on issues related to the childcare and upbringing as well as they support parenting. In family clubs you can learn everyday skills and prevent exhaustion and loneliness as a parent. The club also provides peer support for the families.
The home service for families with children includes, for example, the necessary assistance in the home care and support for the daily routines of the family with children, support for the parenting and for the functioning of the family.
The contact person is the family conselor of the city, who also makes the mapping home visit, which is a prerequisite for providing the service.
Read more: Home service for families with children
Family work is a form of support for families who have a need for social support. Family work is done at the client's home or in groups. The evaluation of the dedicated social worker of the family is required for receiving the service.
If the family has difficulties in coping with its everyday life such as the childcare or a sudden or a prolonged crisis, a family worker can support the family to cope with the situation. The family worker searches for networks that support the daily life of the family together with the family.
Social Guidance includes counselling, advising and support in the use of the social services. The Social Advisor helps you to find suitable social services and to combine different forms of social service as well as gives advice related to your rights as a customer. You can get practical helps in taking care of your matters such as filling in applications.
Social Advisor provides guidance and support specially for the adults of the family or for example for a young person who wants to become independent.
Social Work for Families with Children supports you in difficult situations when you want to have a change in your life or when you feel overwhelmed by several kinds of challenges and you aren't sure how to get forward in life.
Social Work for Families with Children is done in cooperation with the family. The social workers search for suitable solutions depending on the situation of each family. They encourage the families in the change and work in cooperation with the network of the city and each family.
Children and Adolescents' Outpatient Clinic provides specialist level examinations and care for patients who are under 20 years old and reside in Turku.
When your child becomes ill, primarily contact your local health station or a private clinic where a doctor assesses the situation and, if needed, writes a referral to follow-up treatment, for example, to Children and Adolescents’ Outpatient Clinic.
Itäinen Pitkäkatu 30, 20700 Turku
Booking an appointment:
Tel. +358 (0)2 266 1155, Mon-Thu 8.00–16.00 and Fri 8.00–14.00
Child welfare officers take care of matters related to the determination and verification of paternity when the parents are not married with each other, as well as verify the agreements related to the child’s guardianship, residence, visiting rights, and maintenance.
After the acknowledgement of fatherhood the child welfare officer delivers the paternity documents to the register office, where the paternity is verified.
The parents can make an agreement about the guardianship, residence, and visiting rights of the child. A Child Welfare Officer can verify the agreement between parents in case the parents agree with the contents of the agreement and if the agreement is in the best interests of the child.
The parents can agree on:
When the parents live separately, the child has a right to be in contact with and visit the parent he/she does not live with. Both parents are responsible for ensuring the visiting rights of the child. Whether the parent is the child’s guardian or not does not affect the child’s right to visit the parent. Visiting rights can only be confirmed between a child and a parent.
In addition to normal weekly routines, the visiting agreement can include holidays and vacations.
When parents live separated, they must decide which one of the parents the child is going to live with. The wish and opinion of the child are important, but the decision must not be left to the child.
When considering the residence of the child it is important to take into account how the living and other matters that belong to the everyday life of the child would best work out. From the point of view of the child the important matters are how day care and school can best be organized and how the child can preserve his/her important relationships.
If the parents of the child are married with each other, they are both guardians of the child. If the parents are not married with each other when the child is born, the mother is the sole guardian of the child. Guardianship of a child entails managing the child's affairs and making decisions concerning the child. The guardian is also entitled to get information about matters concerning the child from various officials and looks after the child’s financial matters.
Guardianship of a child means the managing of the child's personal affairs. The guardian has a right to decide about the child’s maintenance, upbringing, and place of residence. The guardian is entitled to receive information about matters concerning the child from various officials, and the guardian also represents the child. The guardian also looks after the child’s financial matters.
The amount of child maintenance support can be changed, if the conditions have substantially changed after the verification of the maintenance support and the change in the maintenance support can be considered reasonable for the parent paying the maintenance support.
Changes can be made to a previously verified maintenance support either with a new mutual agreement between the parents or a by court’s decision.
Child maintenance support is a money payment with which a parent participates in the costs of child maintenance. Parents can agree on the maintenance support between the two of them or together with a child welfare officer. A mutual agreement between parents is not enforceable i.e. distrainable. Also, it does not entitle to child maintenance allowance from Kela (The Social Insurance Institution of Finland), and the parent with the maintenance obligation cannot deduct it in his/her taxation.
A child welfare officer can verify the agreement if the parents agree with its contents.
The first place to seek help for mental health related matters is a health station. Common problems related to mental health are, for example, prolonged stress, sleeping disorders, depression, anxiety, and panic symptoms. You should not delay seeking help because early support can prevent the development of serious problems. Mental health services are given also in Mother and Child Welfare Clinics, School Health Care, Social Services, and Home Care for the Elderly.
It is possible to contact the Services for Families with Babies already during pregnancy. Services for Families with Babies are meant for families for which the support of basic services is not enough. Forms of service are individual and family discussions. One or both of the parents can visit with their baby, or the whole family in case the baby has siblings.
House calls are also possible when needed. Families with babies may also need family mediation.
The statutory family mediation is a voluntary chance for parents to discuss when considering a divorce, making divorce arrangements or thinking the functionality of parenthood and co-operation after divorce. Securing the child’s position is especially paid attention to at the mediation.
- Mapping the situation of a family and child and planning supporting measures
- Support visits for children, parents, and families
- Psychological individual examinations for children and youth
- Interaction assessments and interaction therapy
- Family therapies
- Relationship visits
- Family mediation
- Crisis time slots for when a family has faced a sudden and traumatic event
- Co-operation with e.g. day care, schools, and child welfare, with the customer’s consent
- Various groups for customers
You can contact the Child Upbringing and Family Counselling Clinic e.g. when:
Child Upbringing and Family Counselling Clinic serves families with children resident in Turku. From the Child Upbringing and Family Counselling Clinic you can get help and support with the mental development of your child or youth as well as with questions related to parenthood. You can also contat the clinic if there are problems with interaction within your family, or if you are worried about the behaviour of your child or about matters related to emotional life.
After you have returned home from the Maternity Hospital, please contact your local Maternity Clinic to arrange for a home visit or a Maternity Clinic visit. The childbirth and the new situation in life, as well as matters related to breastfeeding, moods, and the care of the baby will be discussed during the visit. If you were diagnosed with a gestational diabetes during pregnancy, you will also get instructions related to it.
Child welfare clinics serve all families with children in all matters related to child health. The aim of a child welfare clinic is to guarantee that the child grows and develops well and stays healthy. A child welfare clinic helps families to understand that healthy ways of life are important for a child from the early years on. A child welfare clinic also guides families into making right decisions for attaining healthy ways of life.
The customership of a child welfare clinic starts when the child becomes two weeks old.
You should check the validity of your vaccinations six months before your planned trip abroad.
You can get additional information about the vaccinations you need by calling the Vaccination Advice for Tourists help number +358 040 674 8822. The helpline is available on Wednesdays between 13.00 and 15.00. The helpline is closed during weeks 1, 8, 23–32 and 52.
Additional information about vaccinations and other health instructions for tourists are available in Finnish via the links on the right.
If your illness has lasted for over three months or is permanent, you have a right to receive medical supplies in accordance with your medical treatment plan free of charge. As a client of Turku health centre you can pre-order the supplies and reclaim them from the Medical Supplies Distribution pickup point after three weeks.
Both the Medical Supplies Distribution pickup point and nurses’ practice are located in the area of the Mäntymäki hospital. Book an appointment for a nurse if you need guidance in the use of medical supplies.
Services supporting the well-being of children and adolescents consist of social and health services, services supporting studying and employment, and services promoting sports and physical exercise.
The aim of the services is to support the development and wellbeing of children and to give adolescents the skills and preconditions for a balanced life.