ABOUT US

Vienna Family Network (VFN) is a not-for-profit organization (Verein). It is run entirely by volunteers willing to invest their time and energy in an organization that supports them in their journey into parenthood, allows them to create long-lasting friendships and enables them to feel part of a community where they are trusted and valued. The help and support that VFN provides goes beyond simply our members. At the beginning of each year, VFN members select a charity for whom they will raise funds throughout the year.

OUR VISION

Moving to a foreign country, adapting to a different culture and navigating daily life in a language you do not speak well is a challenging enterprise without the support of family and friends living close by. 

Add in pregnancy or children and it suddenly becomes even harder to cope with all that’s involved in making yourself at home in a new city.

From administrative hurdles to finding new friends, Vienna Family Network (VFN) can smooth your transition, by connecting you to other international families in Vienna and effectively becoming your support network away from home.

OUR MISSION

The focus of VFN is to support international families living in or around Vienna.

We offer:

INFORMATION – Join us to tap into the collective experience of more than 2000 members and get up-to-date information in English about administrative issues, health care, education and leisure activities via email or on our dedicated social media platform.

SUPPORT – Become part of our community and join our groups (by age of children, district or interest). We also hold special events such as our bi-annual Flea Market, our Education Night, our Christmas Party or the Trick-or-Treat Halloween walk across town.

FRIENDSHIP – We bring you together with other members going through the same experience to make vital and lasting friendships.

OUR STEERING COMMITTEE

The Steering Committee is the executive body of VFN. It is made up of dedicated volunteers who plan VFN’s activities and events. They also set the policies and procedures of the organization. The Steering Committee meets once a month. 

The Steering Committee is the executive body of VFN. It is made up of dedicated volunteers who plan VFN’s activities and events. They also set the policies and procedures of the organization. The Steering Committee meets once a month. Current Steering Committee members:
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PRESIDENT 

Stephanie Weng

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VICE PRESIDENT & SPECIAL
  EVENTS COORDINATOR

Marcella Cagnazzo

Katharina Maringer

TREASURER
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Katharina Maringer

Joanna Volounteer Coordinator

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
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Joanna Jankowicz-Cieslak

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BABY GROUPS LIAISON

Dora Ozwirk

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BABY GROUPS LIAISON

Christina Michailidou

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NEWSLETTER EDITOR

Maeve Nic Samhradain

SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR

Lubica Sika

Neta Arubas

OPEN HOUSE COORDINATOR
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Neta Arubas

Lucia Drozdova

OPEN HOUSE COORDINATOR
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Lucia Drozdova

MEMBER BUSINESSES COORDINATOR

Katy Atzberger

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DATABASE ADMINISTRATOR &
INFO ACCOUNT

Jovita de Guzman

Oana

SOCIAL & DISTRICT
GROUP LIASION

Oana Maria Miruta

Lenka Schäfer

SOCIAL & DISTRICT
GROUP LIASION

Lenka Schäfer

VFN Steering Committee members photoshoot credit : https://www.romanamaalouf.com/

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HOW WE STARTED

1990s – How we started

The origin of the Vienna Family Network dates back to the early 90s. A group of British mothers (and mothers-to-be) living in Vienna decided to start meeting-up regularly at their homes in order to support each other through the challenges of being a parent in a foreign country.

Taking inspiration from the National Childbirth Trust, a British membership charity dealing with pregnancy, birth, and early parenthood, they founded what was initially called “Vienna Childbirth Trust” later renamed as Vienna Babies Club (VBC).

2002 – The forming of a community

In 2002 the members totaled only 35 and were organized into one single group. However, when the first website was launched, membership exploded, and groups began to be created based on birth months, residential districts, languages or common interests/hobbies.

2009 – Becoming a Verein

In 2009 the Vienna Babies Club was officially registered under Austrian law as a non-profit organization (Verein) with the purpose of providing “resources and an English-speaking support network for moms from abroad, especially during pregnancy and the first years of their children’s lives”.

2015 – From baby groups to family offerings

In 2015 many core changes were implemented: the membership was opened to parents with children older than 18 months and more attention was given to fathers and to the family as a whole. New groups were created for toddlers, pre-school and school children, and many new events were organized to meet the interests of all family members in all different aspects of life (school, work, parenting, personal development).

At this time, new partnerships were also created. The organization began cooperating with institutions, associations and businesses, leading to a wider offering of events and activities, raising the quality of the services offered and increasing the benefits to its members.

2017 – VBC becomes Vienna Family Network (VFN)

In 2017 VBC was able to reach out to more and more people through social networking sites. A newly created public Facebook page and Instagram profile allowed VBC to become more visible, while a supportive and informative Facebook members’ group provided a forum for members to interact online.

The name “Vienna Babies Club” no longer aligned with the identity of an organization that had evolved so dramatically, broadening its scope and services almost beyond recognition. Therefore, in 2017 the Verein was officially renamed Vienna Family Network.

Membership has been steadily growing in the last years.

Whilst VFN has evolved continuously, still it remains the “Vienna Family” of many international parents living in Vienna: a safe harbor in a foreign country; a point of reference to get information in English; a place to meet fellow parents, share experiences and develop life-lasting friendships.

COME AND MEET US AT OUR OPEN HOUSE

Our monthly Open House meet-ups are held on the first Thursday of every month. Here you can meet with other international parents living in Vienna and learn more about how to make the most of this wonderful, family-friendly city. We look forward to hosting you at our next meet-up.

Open House March

07/03/2024

Welcome to our community of international parents! Interested in learning more about the Vienna Family Network? The VFN Open House is a wonderful opportunity to meet with other international parents living in Vienna and learn more about our membership benefits. We look forward to seeing you at our next Open House! Please let us know who will be joining so we can plan ahead. Our new location is: commonroom, Florianigasse 54, 1080 Wien (Entrance through the glass doors).

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SITE DESIGN AND WEBSITE TEAM

Webdesign by Radhika Nathwani

 
A big thank you to the following volunteers which made this project possible: Adriana, Claudia, Erica, Erin, Joanna, Kelly, Hannah, Holly, Julia, Livia, Masha, Melody, Miglena, Monika, Rachael, Sabine, Sherry

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