Migrant and multicultural children and their families can access a wide range of support services from Multicultural Family Support Centers run by the Korean Institute for Healthy Family under the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family. MFSCs are organizations that help multicultural families adjust to life in Korea (Danuri, 2015a) through different educational activities and programs.
These centers “provide family education, counseling and cultural services for multicultural families, to support the adaptation of immigrant women to Korean society in their initial stages of settling, and to help multicultural families lead stable family lives” (Danuri, 2015b).
Programs include Korean language lessons and computer skills training, both of which can help migrants integrate better into Korean society. Many of these centers’ programs also apply to children and young people of migrant and multicultural backgrounds. As of 2016, there are already a total of 217 MFSCs in the Korea, established across different metropolitan areas and provinces (Ministry of Gender Equality and Family, n.d.).
Below are some links to news items about MFSCs and their role in helping migrants and multicultural families adjust to life in Korea, including helping migrant mothers learn Korean language and culture.
Arirang News. (2016). “Multicultural families experience Chuseok customs” (video), Youtube.com, 15 September. Accessed 6 January 2017.
Danuri. (2015a). “Multicultural Information, Danuri Main Services.” Danuri (online support portal) official website. Accessed 4 January 2017.
__________. (2015b). “Multicultural Family Support Center – Information on Business.” Danuri (online support portal) official website. Accessed 6 January 2017.
Kim Young-won. (2013, 8 June). “Support centers help migrants adapt, integrate,” The Korea Herald.
Ministry of Gender Equality and Family. (n.d.) “Support for Multicultural Family.” Ministry of Gender Equality and Family official website. Accessed 6 January 2017.
__________. (2015). Guidebook for Living in Korea: Guidance for Foreigners and Multicultural Families in Korea. 길잡이미디어. Accessed 4 January 2017.