Contact information
The Federation of Mother and Child Homes and Shelters
Asemamiehenkatu 4
FIN-00520 Helsinki
Tel. +358 9 4542440

Executive director Riitta Särkelä
Tel. +358 9 4542 4410, +358 50 63663

Development director Sari Laaksonen
Tel. +358 9 4542 4443, +358 40 7469984



The Federation of Mother and Child Homes and Shelters

The Federation of Mother and Child Homes and Shelters, founded in 1945, is a nationwide child welfare organisation that helps children anf families in difficult and insecure situations and prevents domestic violence.

The Federation is the central organisation for its 30 member associations. The member associations across Finland maintain 10 mother and child homes, six homes focusing on treatment of drug and alcohol-related problems and 12 shelters. Some of the associations focus on community care services. More than 10,000 people, approximately 4,000 of whom are children, use the associations' services every year.

As society has changed, the Federation has concentrated more on providing support for the family as a whole. It is particularly concerned with helping families in need and with the prevention of problems.

The work of the Federation is financed out of funds awarded by the Slot Machine Association (RAY), profits made by the Children’s Day Foundation maintaining the Linnanmäki amusement park, and funds raised by the Federation itself. The activities are financed out of charges for the use of the centre.

”Every child has to be saved for life”