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Family in Turku

This page contains information on family services in Turku.

A compilation of information about services for families with children in the city of Turku can be found at:

linkkiCity of Turku:
Children and familiesFinnish | Swedish | English

Other important information on the subject can be found at the page Family.

Marriage

In Finland, a man and woman or two people of the same gender over the age of 18 may enter into marriage.

Before marriage, you must request in writing an investigation into impediments to marriage. The investigation of impediments is done by the Local Register Office. You may request such an investigation at a Local Register Office anywhere. Civil marriages also take place at Local Register Offices.

Local Register Office of Southwest Finland, Turku unit:
Aurakatu 8
20101 Turku
Tel. 029 553 9441

linkkiLocal Register Office:
Marriage ceremonyFinnish | Swedish | English

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Marriage

Child Upbringing and Family Counselling

Families with children can receive help in problems related to marriage and relationships at Child Upbringing and Family Counselling. It serves families in Turku with children up to the age of 18. You can receive help and support from family counselling in matters concerning the mental development of your child or adolescent or parenthood.

Child Upbringing and Family Counselling
Kurjenmäenkatu 6, bldg. 31
20700 Turku
Guidance, counselling and booking an appointment (02) 262 6853
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 8.15 a.m. - 3.30 p.m.

linkkiCity of Turku:
Child Upbringing and Family CounsellingFinnish | Swedish

Divorce

Divorce can be filed by both spouses together or by just one. The divorce application can be taken or sent to the Turku office of the Southwest Finland District Court by mail or email.

Southwest Finland District Court, Turku office:
Sairashuoneenkatu 2-4
20101 Turku
Telephone (switchboard): 029 56 46200

linkkiJudicial system:
Southwest Finland District CourtFinnish | Swedish

If you are considering divorce and need help in negotiating the issues, you can apply for family arbitration:

Any member of the family may request family arbitration if the family is:

  • under threat of divorce
  • in the reconsideration period
  • considering parenting arrangements (agreements about the children’s housing and visitation rights) after the divorce.

In Turku, family arbitration is provided by Child Upbringing and Family Counselling and the Centre for negotiating family matters of the Turku and Kaarina Parish Union.

Child Upbringing and Family Counselling
Kurjenmäenkatu 6, bldg. 31
20700 Turku
Guidance, counselling and booking an appointment (02) 262 6853
Opening hours Mon–Fri 8.15 a.m. - 3.30 p.m.

Turku and Kaarina Parish Union
Centre for negotiating family matters
Eerikinkatu 1 A, 3rd and 5th floor (corner between Eerikinkatu and Multavierunkatu)
20100 Turku
Tel. 040 341 7249
Mon–Fri 9.00- 11.00 a.m., tel.

linkkiTurun ja Kaarinan seurakuntayhtymä:
Perheasian neuvottelukeskusFinnish | Swedish

If you have children and decide to divorce, book an appointment with a Child Welfare Officer. The Child Welfare Officer will confirm the agreement concerning the children’s housing, care, visitation rights and maintenance.

Booking an appointment for child welfare officer services, tel. (02) 2625 833

linkkiCity of Turku:
Child welfare officerFinnish | Swedish | English

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Divorce
Children in a divorce

linkkiCity of Turku:
Family MediationFinnish | Swedish | English

Daycare for children

Turku has many municipal day care centres. The centres are open from 6.30 a.m. until 5.00 p.m. and, if necessary from 6.00 a.m. until 6.00 p.m. Some day care centres also offer evening and weekend care. The city has one day care centre open around the clock. Your local daycare is determined by your home address.

Further information about day-care and the contact information for daycare centres can be found at:

linkkiCity of Turku:
Day Care and Early Childhood EducationFinnish | Swedish | English

Turku also has private daycare services, group family daycare centres and family club activities that can be applied for by contacting the providers directly. Turku has the French-language l’Hexagone, the English-language Wendy House and Day care Daisy, the Russian-language Miska-talo and the Russian- and Estonian-language Kielipesä, all of which are private day-care centres. Service vouchers may be applied for for private daycare.

linkkiCity of Turku:
Private day care unitsFinnish | Swedish | English

A municipal daycare place may be applied for if the family has an address in Turku. The application must be submitted at least four months before care is due to begin. If you have a sudden need to get your child into daycare because of work or study, apply immediately, then organising a place can take just two weeks.

linkkiCity of Turku:
Municipal day care placesFinnish | Swedish | English

Applying for day-care:

Early Childhood Education Service Guidance
Puolalankatu 5
20100 Turku
Customer advice, weekdays 9.00 a.m. - 3.00 p.m.
Tel. 02 262 5610

A daycare place can also be applied for online. The validity period of the application is one year.

linkkiCity of Turku:
Early childhood education in Turku, online applicationFinnish | Swedish | English

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Daycare
Childcare

Taking care of a child at home

You can also look after your own children at home. If you are entitled to child home care allowance, you can apply for it from Kela. You can also apply online. You will find more information at the Kela website.

Kela Turku
Eerikinkatu 26
20100 Turku

Kela Skanssi (Kela's office is situated at Yhteispalvelupiste Monitor)
Skanssi Shopping Centre
Skanssinkatu 10
The office is open on weekdays by appointment
Without an appointment, it is open Mon-Wed 11 am - 4 pm and on Thursdays 12 noon - 4 pm

linkkiKela:
Homecare allowanceFinnish | Swedish | English

Playgroups and other activity for children

Turku offers activity for children cared for at home. Children can attend play schools, play parks and open day care centres. Play school is intended for children aged 3-5, who do not have a need for full day care. For children under school age, activity is also organised in the mornings at playgrounds in parks. The activity is overseen by kindergarten teachers (‘puistotädit’). In an open day care group, children do things together with their parents. Further information about the content of and fees for the activities can be found at the City of Turku website.

linkkiCity of Turku:
Clubs, Playground Activities and Open Day CareFinnish | Swedish | English