Save the Children supports children seeking asylum in Finland and their families in various ways.
The Finns support housing unit is a 38-bed unit offering supported housing services as specified by the Act on the Promotion of Immigrant Integration for unaccompanied minors as well as for young asylum seekers who have been granted a residence permit and are old enough to receive after-care. The unit is located in the beautiful natural surroundings of Espoo.
The child-friendly spaces established at reception centres offer support through child-oriented activities to children and their families in order to help them cope with the reception phase. The activities promote children’s psychosocial well-being and recovery from earlier experiences. The activities are carried out mainly by trained volunteers. You can apply to become a volunteer here.
The family clubs in Joensuu and Helsinki for families that have been granted a residence permit are part of the Together to Support Children project that supports the psychosocial well-being of child asylum seekers under 18 years of age and families with children that have been granted a residence permit and helps them to adapt to their new environment.
As part of the “Integration through Family Care” (Integration through Family Care) – Developing the Family Care of Unaccompanied Minors in Finland project, we have started developing family care for children and young people who have arrived in the country without a guardian. We are looking for foster parents for them in the areas of the Southern and Western Finland regional offices.
In the project “Integration through a Support Family” -project (Tukiperhe kotouttaa) project develops and models support family activities for unaccompanied young people who have been granted a residence permit. We are looking for volunteers to act as support families for these young people in the areas of the Southern and Western Finland regional offices.
We are also looking for support persons for asylum seeker and refugee children and families in the area of the Western Finland regional office.
The children’s experts by experience operations as part of reception operations is a project funded by the EU Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund that was carried out from October 2015 to September 2016. This project worked with unaccompanied minors seeking asylum in Finland to present their experiences of the reception phase in Finland.