Foster care allowance in Flanders
What is the foster care allowance?
A child placed in a foster family in Flanders can be entitled to a monthly supplement on top of the basic amount of the Groeipakket.
- The supplement is 68,23 Euro per month.
- You do not have to apply for the supplement: we make sure you receive the amount automatically if you are entitled to it.
- The person receiving the supplement depends on the type of foster care.
Foster care terminology
Long-term foster care
This type of foster care places a child with a family for longer periods of time, in the event that it’s no longer possible for them to remain at home. A foster family placement of more than one year is considered long-term foster care. If possible, the child maintains contact with their parents.
Short-term foster care
This type of foster care is intended to swiftly provide the child with a clear and sustainable solution: a return to the parental home, a long-term placement in a foster family, or perhaps a placement in another facility ... Short-term foster care typically lasts a couple of months.
Who receives the foster care allowance?
The amount is paid out in full to
- the foster parent, in the case of long-term foster care.
- the person that was already the beneficiary of the Groeipakket before the placement , in the case of short-term foster care.
If you already received the foster care bonus prior to 1 January 2019 you continue to receive it, providing there has been no changes to the placement.
How much is the Foster Care Allowance?
The foster care supplement is a monthly supplement on top of the basic amount of the Groeipakket. The supplement amounts to 68,23 Euro.
Questions about your Foster Care Allowance?
As a KidsLife customer you will automatically receive your Foster Care allowance. Not yet a customer? Then quickly request your Groeipakket from KidsLife.
What is the difference between child and adult foster care?
Child foster care concerns minors (0 to 18 years) in problematic home environments, with behavioural or emotional issues, or with a disability or psychiatric condition. Adult foster care concerns adults with a disability or psychiatric condition.
Are there other forms of foster care?
Supportive foster care
This type of foster care gives children who have been placed in a facility full-time the opportunity of spending a weekend or holiday somewhere else. It can also provide a solution in the event that a vulnerable parent (with no social network of their own) is temporarily unable to take care of their child.
Emergency foster care
Children or adults who require urgent and prompt foster placement due to a crisis situation can be placed in an emergency foster family. The child (or adult in the case of adult foster care) can usually return home following a short stay. If this isn’t possible, then a long-term solution will be sought.