Welcome to the Mannerheim League for Child Welfare

The Mannerheim League for Child Welfare (MLL) is a Finnish civic organization that has worked towards the implementation of children's rights in Finland since 1920. MLL was the organization that established the first maternity clinic, created network of maternity and child welfare clinics troughtout the country, launched Home Aid operations and developed training and education in the field of childcare in Finland.

MLL is the largest child welfare organization in Finland and its nationwide central organization includes 10 district organizations.Every child is entitled to a good and happy childhood. The Mannerheim League for Child Welfare works to make this possible together with many other organizations, both public and private.

The Mannerheim League is an NGO and membership is open to everyone. It promotes the wellbeing of children and families with children, increases respect for childhood and seeks to make it more visible, ans sees that children's wievs are taken into account in public decision -making.

The Mannerheim League relies on partnerships. It works with numerous organizations, businesses and networks Finland and abroad. The League's Central Office in Helsinki cooperates closely with ministeries, officials and other organization while the district organizations and local associations operate on the regional level.

The league aims to ensure that

  • children are equal members of society
  • every chlid enjoys good and happy surroundings
  • parenting and education are respected and supported
  • volunteer work, helping, caring and joint responsibility increase

A healthy, secure childhood

The Mannerheim league supports parenting and links between generations and works to promote health and good enviroment for children. It arranges afternoon programmes for school childern and educates them about subtance abuse. Peer students- older pupils- work to increase the feeling of beloning, congeniality and security at schools.

Families need services

The Mannerheim Legue produces diverce services: home- help provides families with short-term child-care services and longer-term special services such as home care for disabled children and cronically ill children.

Short term child care service is available for example when;

  • a child is ill
  • a parent is ill
  • the child’s permanent caregiver is ill
  • a parent is on a business trip, in a meeting, or studying
  • parents need a break for hobbies or to spend some time together

Families must allow sufficient time to get acquainted with the babysitter beforehand and must provide clear guidance in matters relating to the care of the children.
Child care is generally provided at the family’s home or at another appropriate location.
Some babysitters can also look after children who are ill. However, it is the family’s responsibility to give any medication to the child. If medication absolutely must be given to a child while the babysitter is looking after the child, the family must provide the babysitter with clear written instructions on how the medication is to be administered.

Our child care service is open on weekdays from 8:00 to 11:00.

Employer obligations can be read here

The local associations are close to people

The league offers families an oppurtinity to get acquainted and take part in volunteer work to have a say in public affairs and to participate in the diverse range of activities. Local associtions arrange clubs and groups for parents, excursions, training and special events. The associations keep the needs of children and families to the fore and seek to infulence local decisions affecting families. Most of the activity of the local associations is based on volunteer work.

A civig organization for the last 21th century

Civig organizations have a strong standing in Finland. The Finnish coverment has pledged itself to support the operational preconditions of non govermental organizations and the persevering development of civig society policies, and cooperation with organizations belongs to every ministry's sphere of authority.

Civig organizations promote citizens' partcipation and everyday well-being. The people participating in the activities of civic organizations are responsible for them,and participation is voluntary.

Affection, care and wellbeing are the cornerstones of a good childhood. The Mannerheim League is now concentrating on the following challenges:

  • guaranteeing the right of children to childhood.
  • promoting responsible parenting
  • increasing interest in volunteer work
  • developing partnerships across traditional boundaries to cooperation advancing a global approach to the problems of children and families with children.


The Slot Machine Association of Finland supports the work of the Mannerheim League for Child Welfare and the League organizes annual fund-raising campaigns through which the local associations collect funds to finance their activities. An example of cooperation with businesses is the campaign to ensure children a good start in school. Many local governments also purchase services offered by the Mannerheim League.


The Mannerheim League's patrons are Sauli Niinistö, the President of Finland, and his wife Mrs Jenni Haukio.

Friend for an immigrant mum

• Would you like to improve your Finnish? 

• Would you like to make friends and spend time with a Finnish  woman? 

Through MLL Lapland District you can get to know a Finnish woman.  Together you can learn Finnish and get to know each other’s cultures.  Maybe you want to go shopping, go for a walk or spend time in parks  with your Finnish friend. Children are welcome to join the activities. 

The Mannerheim League for Child Welfare is an NGO (nonprofit  organization). Its aim is to promote the wellbeing of children, youth and  of families with children, and support parenting.

”Friend for an immigrant mum” work seeks Finnish-speaking women to be friends with immigrant mums. Its aim is to promote immigrant mum's integration and learning of the Finnish language. 

Why is ”friend for an immigrant mum” work important?

In particular, immigrant mums who are caring for their children at home are easily left out, as they lack a common network and are often unable to attend language courses.  All mothers are not given information about playground activities and family cafes for example, by the antinatal clinic. Those who receive this information may have a difficulty in going alone to the playground or other local activity aimed to families with children.

Learning the language in a new country is impossible if the mum has no-one to practice speaking it with. Also other regular activities, like shopping, are difficult without sufficient language skills. It is difficult finding the right product without Finnish language skills.

What kind of training do the volunteers get?

MLL (Mannerheim League for Child Welfare) offers participants one evening of training, get-togethers, regular follow-up training as well as guidance and professional advice. Each friendship begins with a meeting where the immigrant mum, volunteer and MLL coordinator are present.

Additional information and registration:

Jonnamari Kentala tel. 050 434 1222 or jonnamari.kentala(a)mll.fi