The child welfare association Pesäpuu ry, together with its collaborators, joins the centenary celebrations by bringing forth the stories of children, youth and their families who have experiences of child welfare.

‘Yhdessä Koettua’, ‘Experienced Together’ in English, belongs to the comprehensive program for the celebration of Finland’s 100 years of independence in 2017.

‘Yhdessä Koettua’ consists of series of events including seminars, art exhibitions, concerts and encounters in Helsinki, Tampere, Pori, Jyväskylä, Kuopio and Oulu.

The mission of the project is to influence the general public’s attitudes and prejudices towards child welfare. The project breaks down the stigma associated with child welfare by bringing forth the stories by children, youth and families from their experiences in substitute care. The perspectives and experiences of child welfare are highlighted in versatile ways. By sharing this information we are striving to reduce prejudice and to strengthen the dreams and hopes for the future for these children and youth.

The main goal is to integrate the reality of child welfare to the history of an independent Finland. We aim to make visible the experiences of children and youth, to broaden the image that child welfare has in society, and to reduce its negative label.