KidsLife Child Benefit Fund: Child Benefit & Growth Package for every family.

I’m pregnant

About to become a mum, dad or co-parent? Every child is entitled to the Maternity Allowance or Starting Amount upon birth or during pregnancy. You can apply for this birth premium right from the very onset of your pregnancy. 

Apply for the Starting Amount 

I’m already receiving Child Benefit but want to switch to KidsLife

Already receiving the Growth Package or Child Benefit from another Child Benefit Fund? You can switch to KidsLife quickly and easily online! We’ll make all the necessary arrangements for the prompt payment of your allowances to ensure that you never miss out on any benefits. 

Switch to KidsLife 

I’m new to Belgium and don’t yet receive Child Benefit

Requesting your Child Benefit or Growth Package online is quick and easy at KidsLife. You can even submit an application if you live or work abroad. 

Apply for Child Benefit 
 


Why choose KidsLife?

Tevredenheid

Satisfaction

Our customers give us a 4 out of 5 rating.

Expertise

Expertise

Each month, we provide prompt and accurate payment to more than 400,000 children throughout Belgium. 

Bereikbaarheid

Accessibility

Our local KidsLife advisers are readily accessible and can be contacted by telephone during the afternoon. Your personal file is also available online via My KidsLife 24 hours a day.


More than 85% of our families are fully satisfied with the KidsLife Child Benefit Fund. 

We ensure prompt and accurate payment: that goes without saying! But we also provide so much more! We ensure that you never miss out on any benefits for your children and family.  

Questions about the Growth Package or Child Benefit? Our KidsLife advisers are happy to assist. 

Read what families say about the KidsLife Child Benefit Fund: 

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Choose the KidsLife Child Benefit Fund today.  

Are you pregnant? Or a new mum or dad? Apply for your Starting Amount (also known as the Maternity Allowance or Birth Premium)! 

Apply for the Starting Amount

New to Belgium and believe that you’re entitled to Child Benefit for your children?  

Already receiving the Growth Package from another Child Benefit Fund, but want to switch to KidsLife?  

Apply for Belgian Child Benefit


Frequently Asked Questions

I’m pregnant; how do I request the Starting Amount?

Congratulations on your pregnancy! You’re entitled to a one-off premium for your future child. This is called the Starting Amount, and is also known as the Maternity Allowance or Birth Premium. 

Applying for a Starting Amount from KidsLife is quick and easy. And the payment will be deposited into your bank account prior to the birth of your child. 

  • To process your Starting Amount application, we require the the mother-to-be’s personal details and the expected delivery date.
     
  • In order to pay the Starting Amount prior to your baby’s birth, we also ask you to supply a doctor’s certificate stating that you’re at least 5 months pregnant.

You can submit an application here
Apply for your Starting Amount

When will the Starting Amount/Maternity Allowance be paid?

This depends on when you submit your application!

After the birth

Does your application concern the birth of your first child? Then you will receive your Maternity Allowance or Starting Amount via one of our weekly payments as soon after submitting your request as possible.
Does the application concern the birth of your second or subsequent child? You will receive your Maternity Allowance or Starting Amount once we have received the birth notification from the municipality.

Between 7 and 9 months of pregnancy

We will pay the Maternity Allowance or Starting Amount via one of our weekly payments as soon after submitting your request as possible.

From onset to the 7th month of pregnancy

You will receive the Maternity Allowance or Starting Amount 2 months prior to your expected delivery date. We make the payments once per week. 

What is the difference between the Maternity Allowance, Birth Premium and Starting Amount?

The Starting Amount is the new name for the Maternity Allowance or Birth Premium in Flanders. Brussels and Wallonia still refer to this as the Maternity Allowance.
These terms all refer to the same thing: the amount that you receive during pregnancy or following the birth of your child. Curious about how much Maternity Allowance or Starting Amount you will receive upon the birth of your child? Use our handy simulation tool

Apply for Maternity Allowance here

When will you start receiving your child benefit following the birth of your child?

If you have already applied for your Maternity Allowance or Starting Amount, then you will automatically receive your Child Benefit or Growth Package following the birth of your child. 
So you need no longer submit an application when your baby is born! Registering the birth of your child with the municipality where you live is sufficient. 

The exact timing of your Child Benefit or Growth Package payments depends on where you live. It’s important to note that your Child Benefit and Growth Package will be paid in the following month, just like your salary or benefits:

For example: you will receive your Child Benefit or Growth Package payments for the month of May around 8 June. 

Growth package in Flanders

You will receive your Growth Package from the month of birth onwards. 
For example: if your child was born on 2 March, you will receive your Growth Package from the month of March. The payment for the month of March occurs on 8 April. 

Child benefit in Brussels and Wallonia

You will receive your Child Benefit in the month following the birth:
For example: if your child was born on 2 March, you will receive your Child Benefit from the month of April. The payment for the month of April occurs on 8 May.

Haven’t yet applied for your Maternity Allowance or Starting Amount? 

Request this quickly and easily online at KidsLife! 

What’s the difference between an online and a paper-based application?

There’s no difference between an online and a paper-based application. In both cases, your KidsLife adviser will set to work on processing your application as swiftly as possible. 
Paper-based applications that are sent by post will of course have slower processing times than online applications due to the additional postal time involved. 

An online application is not only quick and hassle-free; it’s also environmentally friendly. And you save on stamps, making it easier on your wallet. 

Check which application you can submit here

 

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All your documents and correspondence from KidsLife now available in eBox.

From now on, you can choose to receive all your correspondence from the KidsLife Child Benefit Fund directly in your eBox. That way you have access to all your government documents, including those from KidsLife, in one central location. It’s a lot easier and better for the environment!

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