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Unmarried parents can have their child’s paternity acknowledged at their maternity clinic prior to the child’s birth. Acknowledgement of paternity takes place towards the end of pregnancy (weeks 30–32).

If paternity is not acknowledged during pregnancy or if the acknowledgement is revoked or contested, the Child Supervisor launches a paternity investigation.

In accordance with the Finnish Paternity Act, the Child Supervisor may also investigate paternity when the child has been born during a marriage if the spouses request a paternity investigation before six months have elapsed from the birth of the child. This investigation encompasses a forensic genetic paternity test.

When paternity is confirmed, a legally valid family relationship is formed between the child and the man who acknowledged paternity as well as between the child and the man’s relatives. If paternity cannot be established through acknowledgement, it can be confirmed by a court decision. In accordance with the establishment of paternity, the child has the right to receive maintenance and also inheritance from his father and paternal relatives. After the confirmation of paternity, the child receives the right to meet his or her father and, moreover, he or she may receive the father’s last name.

Description of the Service

If paternity is not confirmed during the pregnancy at a maternity clinic, you can contact the Child Supervisor in order to acknowledge paternity or request a paternity investigation.

Contact Information

Contact the Child Supervisor during office hours to receive guidance or book an appointment.

Contact the Child Supervisor and book an appointment to discuss child maintenance.

Child protection officer 040 774 8811040 567 9603 or social worker-in-charge 040 179 3927 Phone time monday – tuesday at 9.00 – 10.00 am, wednesday – thursday at 12:30 – 13:30.00 (no phone time on friday).

Social instructor 040 486 1073 Phone time weekdays at 9.00 – 15.00. 

Address: Socialcentralen, Vörågatan 46, 65101 Vasa

Child protection officer  040 4836 344  Phone time tuesday at 9:00 – 10:00 am and wednesday – thursday at 12:30 – 13:30.

Address: Vallimäentie 43 2. krs, 66401 Laihela

Social worker  06 218 4167 Phone time monday – tuesday at 9.00 – 10:00 am and wednesday – thursday at 12.30–13.30. 

Address: Centrumvägen 4, 65610 Korsholm

Social worker +358 6 382 1402 Phone time monday – tuesday at 9.00 – 10:00 am and wednesday – thursday at 12.30–13.30. 

Address: Socialkansliet, Öurvägen 31, 66800 Oravais 

Magdalena Hellström, Child protection officer, phone time friday at 10 – 11 am.
A-E , by the last name of the youngest child, phone 040 805 1838

Anette Laurén Fröjdö, Child protection officer, phone time Wednesday at 10 – 11 am. F-K, by the last name of the youngest child, phone 040 805 1682

Sandra Svedlund, Child protection officer, phone time Tuesday at 10-11 am.
L-P, by the last name of the youngest child, phone 040 805 1616

Janina Häggblom-Östman, Child protection officer, phone time Monday at 10-11 am. Q-Ö, by the last name of the youngest child, phone 040 805 1837

Address: Malmska social- och hälsocentral 
Kållbyvägen 7/Bottenviksvägen 1, Ingång H, våning 1 
Pb 111, 68601 Jakobstad 

Social worker, Child protection officer 06 218 7411 Phone time monday – tuesday at 9.00 – 10:00 am and wednesday – thursday at 12.30–13.30. 

Address: Malmgatan 5, 66100 Malax

Social worker, phone 040 160 0939

Social worker, phone 050 440 3207

Address: Närpesvägen 4, 64200 Närpes

Call center, phone 06 218 1111

Address: Lappfjärdsvägen 10, 64100 Kristinestad

Social worker 045 1321 593 phone time monday – friday at 10.30-11.30 am.

Address: Slussgatan 11 A, 64260 Kaskö

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