Frequently Asked Questions

  • Child Benefits

    What happens to your Child Benefit if your child no longer lives at home?

    Once children marry, have children of their own, become emancipated or start living alone as a 16+ year old, they will receive their Child Benefit and Growth Package payments themselves. In the aforementioned circumstances, children can opt to have these payments made to someone else. Please contact your KidsLife advisor to discuss the various options.  

  • Child Benefits

    What arrangements must I make in terms of Child Benefit if I move house?

    Moving house is a major event. KidsLife makes things easy. Simply change your address via your municipality’s registration service and we'll take care of the rest.
    Moving abroad? Please let us know.

  • Child Benefits

    What is the maximum age for Child Benefit entitlement?

    The maximum Growth Package and Child Benefit entitlement is up to and including the month of your 25th birthday. The final payment will therefore take place at the beginning of the month following your 25th birthday. Please note that from the age of 18 upwards you must satisfy a number of criteria in order to retain your Child Benefit entitlement.

  • Child Benefits

    Are online Growth Package, Child Benefit or Maternity Allowance applications secure?

    Yes! Online applications are completely secure. The details of your online application are not accessible to others. Following submission, even the applicant no longer has access to the completed fields.  As soon as you’ve completed your application, KidsLife will set straight to work. We process the data as specified in our Privacy statement. Got any questions about your data? Or want to change it? Then please contact your KidsLife adviser.

  • Child Benefits

    In which situations are grandparents entitled to Child Benefit?

    Grandparents can receive Child Benefit for their grandchildren if they are registered at their address. This is on the condition that the parents are not registered at this same address.

  • Child Benefits

    What is Child Benefit in Belgium?

    Child Benefit in Belgium is composed of different premiums and allowances that you receive from the KidsLife Child Benefit Fund while raising your family. Aren't you receiving Child Benefit in Belgium yet? Our KidsLife adviser, Pierre, will help you get started in this video! Watch it here. 

  • Child Benefits

    How can I get Child Benefit in Belgium?

    Do you live or work in Belgium? Then you may be entitled to Child Benefit. The KidsLife Child Benefit Fund examines your entitlement to Child Benefit and then ensures you receive it on time every month. Our KidsLife adviser, Pierre, explains in this video how you can obtain Child Benefit in Belgium.

  • Child Benefits

    My children don’t live in Belgium. Am I entitled to Belgian Child Benefit?

    You might still be entitled to Belgian Child Benefit, even if your family doesn’t live in Belgium. The KidsLife Child Benefit Fund will examine your entitlement following your application. Our KidsLife adviser, Pierre, is happy to explain how the rules for Belgian Child Benefit work in this video. Watch it here!

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    When will I receive my first Child Benefit or Growth Package payments?

    Pregnant? A baby on the way? 

    Congratulations! Don’t forget to request your Maternity Allowance or Starting Amount. You’ll automatically receive the Growth Package (if you live in Flanders) or Child Benefit (if you live in Brussels or Wallonia) following the birth of your baby.

    • You live in Flanders: you’re entitled to the Growth Package from the month of your baby’s birth. 

    Example: Georges was born on 13 March 2021. You’re therefore entitled to the Growth Package from March 2021 and the first payment will be made on 8 April 2021. 

    • You live in Brussels or Wallonia: you’re entitled to Child Benefit from the month following the birth.

    Example: Jules was born on 24 March 2021. You’re therefore entitled to Child Benefit from April 2021 and the first payment will be made on 8 May 2021. 

    Want to know how much you’ll receive each month from KidsLife? Calculate your payment amounts here

    New to Belgium and not yet receiving your Child Benefit or Growth Package?

    Your KidsLife adviser will set to work as soon as you submit your application. We’ll use the information in your application to investigate the maximum amount of Child Benefit or Growth Package to which you’re entitled (with retroactive effect where applicable).
    In order to conduct this investigation, we require a number of specific (and sometimes complex) documents and often have to contact foreign institutions. We do everything we can to ensure that your family doesn’t miss out on any benefits. This investigation can therefore take some time.

    Apply for your Growth Package or Child Benefit here*

    *already applied for the Starting Amount or Maternity Allowance? Then you needn’t submit a Growth Package or Child Benefit application. You’ll automatically receive this following the birth of your baby. 

  • Child Benefits

    What happens to my Child Benefit or Growth Package payments if I change jobs?

    Live in Belgium? Then changing jobs won’t affect your Child Benefit or Growth Package payments in any way. However, if your family income decreases as a result of changing jobs, then you may be entitled to a Social Allowance.

    Check the eligibility criteria for a Social Allowance here. 

    You or your children not living in Belgium? Then you’ll continue to receive your Child Benefit or Growth Package payments from KidsLife as usual. Is your new employer located in a different region (Flanders - Brussels - Wallonia) from your previous one? Then you’ll still receive Child Benefit, but based on the new region’s legislation. Each region has its own legislation.

    Read all about Child Benefit in Belgium and the regional differences here. 

    Going to work abroad? Then please contact your KidsLife adviser. This is a special situation. We’ll investigate your Child Benefit entitlement to ensure that you don’t miss out on any benefits (and to prevent you from having to refund any Child Benefit payments that you may have received in error).

    All situations for a foreign file