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Perhe Vantaalla

Family in Vantaa

Published09.11.2022
This page contains information on matters related to family life in Vantaa, such as marriage, services for families with children and caring for relatives.

Local information

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Marriage

Before getting married, you must request in writing an examination of the possible impediments to your marriage (avioliiton esteiden tutkiminen). The examination of impediments is done at the Digital and Population Data Services Agency. You can submit the examination request to any service location. More information is available at the Digital and Population Data Services Agency website. Civil marriages are also performed at the Digital and Population Data Services Agency.

Digital and Population Data Services Agency
Lintulahdenkuja 2
00530 Helsinki
Email: vihkiminen(at)dvv.fi
Tel. switchboard 029 55 36244

Read more: Marriage

Link redirects to another websiteDigital and Population Data Services Agency

Request for an examination of impediments to marriage

Link redirects to another websiteDigital and Population Data Services Agency

Getting married

Link redirects to another websiteOrthodox Parish of Helsinki

Information on Orthodox marriages

Divorce

Women and men can file for divorce at the office of the District Court of Vantaa. You can file for divorce independently or together with your spouse. You can take the application to the District Court office or send it there by post, fax or e-mail.

Vantaan käräjäoikeus
Kielotie 21, PL 194
01301 Vantaa
Tel. 029 56 45200

Read more: Divorce.

Children in a divorce

If you have children and you decide to file for a divorce, please contact a child welfare supervisor (lastenvalvoja) of the City of Vantaa. The social services verify the agreement regarding the housing and care of the children as well as access rights and child support. Child welfare supervisors also advise divorcing parents.

You can find the contact information of child welfare supervisors on the City of Vantaa’s website.

Read more: Children in a divorce.

Do you need a lawyer?

If you need legal assistance, you can contact any legal aid office, regardless of your place of residence. The Itä-Uusimaa Legal Aid Office (Itä-Uudenmaan oikeusaputoimisto) serves the residents of Vantaa.

Itä-Uusimaa Legal Aid Office, Vantaa unit
Vernissakatu 4, 6th floor
01300 Vantaa
Tel. 029 5660 160
E-mail: ita-uusimaa.oikapu(at)oikeus.fi

You can also look for information on private lawyers on the website of the Finnish Bar Association (Suomen Asianajajaliitto), for example.

Link redirects to another websiteItä-Uusimaa Legal Aid Office

Information about legal aid

Link redirects to another websiteThe Finnish Bar Association

Lawyers

Child’s birth

Information regarding a child’s birth is sent from the hospital to the Finnish Population Information System. You have to inform the Digital and Population Data Services Agency about the child’s names, native language and other necessary information on a separate form that will be sent to your home.

You can read more about the registration of a child’s birth, recognition of paternity and custody on the InfoFinland page: When a child is born in Finland.

Taking care of a child

Day care

You can find information about children’s day care in Vantaa on the InfoFinland page Education in Vantaa.

Child home care allowance

If you are taking care of a child under the age of 3 years at home, you can receive child home care allowance (kotihoidon tuki). Apply for the allowance from Kela.

In addition, the City of Vantaa pays a municipal supplement to child home care allowance to parents taking care of a child under the age of 1.5 years at home You do not need to apply separately for the supplement, Kela will add the Vantaa supplement (Vantaa-lisä) to the child home care allowance.

Open day-care centres and residents’ parks

Open day-care centres (avoin päiväkoti) are meant for children under the school-age and their parents or carers taking care of them at home.

Residents’ parks (asukaspuisto) are meant for children of all ages and they parents or carers. Very young children can participate in activities with their parent or carer.

The activities of open day-care centres and residents’ parks are free of charge and do not require advance registration. The activities include games and guided activities, such as music, sports and trips.

Clubs

The City of Vantaa organises clubs (kerho) for children aged 2.5–5 years who are in home care. Clubs are free of charge. At clubs, children learn Finnish, how to act in a group and meet other children. Apply to clubs with the same early education application (varhaiskasvatushakemus) that you use to apply for day care.

Link redirects to another websiteCity of Vantaa

Club activities

Temporary child care

If you need a temporary childminder at home, you can contact the Mannerheim League for Child Welfare or Väestöliitto, the Family Federation of Finland. Temporary child care help is subject to a fee.

Link redirects to another websiteMannerheim League for Child Welfare

Help for childcare

Link redirects to another websiteFamily Federation of Finland

Childcare and domestic help

Problems in the family

Couples with children under the age of 13 years can get help for problems in marriage and relationships from family counselling (perheneuvola). You can find the contact information on the Vantaa website. Family counselling services are confidential and free of charge.

In sudden family crisis situations, you can contact the Social and Crisis Emergency Services (sosiaali- ja kriisipäivystys), which are always open..

Social and Crisis Emergency Services
Tel. 09 8392 4005

The family guidance of the Vantaa Parish Union also helps with relationship and family issues.

Link redirects to another websiteParish Union of Vantaa

Family counselling

Children's problems

Child health clinics (lastenneuvola) and family counselling centres (perheneuvola) provide advice on questions related to the health or growth and development of children.

School nurses (kouluterveydenhoitaja), school social workers (koulukuraattori) and social instructors (sosiaaliohjaaja) can help with the problems of school-age children.

More information is provided on the website of the City of Vantaa.

Young people’s problems

At school, young people receive help from school nurses and student healthcare nurses (auttavat koulu- ja opiskeluterveydenhoitajat), school social workers (koulukuraattorit) and school psychologists (koulupsykologit).

Nuppi

Young people aged 13–21 and their parents can get help from the Nuppi Support and Intervention Unit for the Young (Nuortenkeskus Nuppi). If you are over 21 years old, you can get short-term guidance at Nuppi. Nuppi can help with mental health and substance abuse problems, for example.

Ohjaamo

If you are under 30 years old, you can get advice and guidance from the Ohjaamo service. Ohjaamo staff help people who do not have a job or study place. You can also ask about other things, such as housing or money matters.

Emergency Youth Shelter

The Emergency Youth Shelter of the Finnish Red Cross (Suomen Punaisen Ristin Nuorten turvatalo) helps and supports 12–19-year-olds in crisis situations. The shelter is open from 5 pm to 10 am, the helpline is always open.

Nuorten turvatalo
Sairaalakatu 3
01400 Vantaa
Tel. 09 871 4043
E-mail: turvatalo.vantaa(at)redcross.fi

Child welfare

If you suspect that a child or young person needs help from Child Welfare (lastensuojelu), contact a social worker.

Emergency services for families with children and child welfare
tel. 09 839 33337, Mon–Fri 8 am–4 pm
e-mail: lastensuojeluilmoitukset.vantaa(at)vantaa.fi

evenings and weekends

Social and Crisis Emergency Services
tel. 09 8392 4005

Read more on the InfoFinland pages Child welfare and Problems in the family.

Violence

In an emergency, call the emergency number 112.

In crisis situations, you can get help from the City of Vantaa’s Social and Crisis Emergency Services (sosiaali- ja kriisipäivystys), which are always open.

Social and Crisis Emergency Services
Tel. 09 8392 4005

Help for immigrant women

If you have experienced violence or threats, you can get help and support at Crisis Center Monika. You can do it anonymously and without making an appointment. You can get help in many different languages.

Free helpline 0800 05058, Mon–Fri 9:00–16:00

Shelters

You can go to a shelter if you are in danger at home or in your local community because of violence. The Mona Shelter is a shelter with a secret address for immigrant women and their children.

Mona Shelter
Tel. 045 639 6274

The Mona Shelter offers services in many different languages. You can also get the help of an interpreter.

You can also go to the Vantaa Shelter (Vantaan turvakoti) or the Helsinki Shelter (pääkaupunkiseudun turvakoti).

Vantaa Shelter
Koivukylän puistotie 27
01360 Vantaa
Tel. 040 4555 543

Helsinki Shelter
Steniuksentie 20
00320 Helsinki
Tel. 09 4777 180

Help for men

Men who have used violence against family members or who have themselves experienced violence in their family can get help at Koivula, Vantaa’s domestic violence unit.

Koivula domestic violence unit
Tel. 040 773 1063, Mon–Fri 8:00–16:00
E-mail: koivula(at)vantaanturvakoti.fi

Link redirects to another websiteMonika – Multicultural Women’s Association

Aid and support to immigrant women

Link redirects to another websiteTurvakoti Mona

Shelters

Link redirects to another websiteVantaa shelter association

Shelters

Link redirects to another websitePääkaupungin Turvakoti ry

Help for victims of domestic violence

Elderly

Vantaa has services especially designed for elderly persons. For more information about them, contact the Counselling for senior citizens.

Counselling for senior citizens
Tel.: 09 8392 4202
E-mail: seniorineuvonta(at)espoo.fi

If you care for a family member at home

If a family member needs constant care and the care is demanding and requires much commitment from you, it is possible to receive informal care support from the municipality.

The assessment of an elderly person’s informal care support is handled by Counselling for Senior Citizens.

To read more, go to: Elderly.

When a close family member dies in Finland

Vantaa has four cemeteries, which belong of the Evangelical Lutheran parishes.

There is also a joint cemetery of Vantaa and Helsinki in Honkanummi, Vantaa, for persons who did not belong to any religion.

For more information about burial, contact the funeral home of the Vantaa Parish Union (Vantaan seurakuntien hautatoimisto)and private funeral homes (hautaustoimisto).

Funeral home of the Vantaa Parish Union
Pappilankuja 5
01510 Vantaa
Tel. 09 8306 220
E-mail: vantaa.hautaustoimi(at)evl.fi

If someone close to you dies suddenly, you can get help for recovering from the difficult experience and support with coping with the loss from Vantaa’s Social and Crisis Emergency Services (sosiaali- ja kriisipäivystys). The helpline is always open.

Social and Crisis Emergency Services
Tel. 09 8392 4005

Read more: When a close family member dies in Finland.

Link redirects to another websiteParish Union of Vantaa

Cemeteries

Link redirects to another websiteParish Union of Helsinki

Non-denominational cemetery

Link redirects to another websiteThe Finnish Association of Funeral Homes

Funeral homes