Frequently Asked Questions

  • Child Benefits

    What if my child is residing in an institution?

    If your child resides in an institution, then 2/3 of their child benefit will be paid to the institution or the Agency responsible for the placement. The remaining 1/3rd of their child benefit can be paid to the beneficiary(ies), a specific individual or an escrow account in the child's name. This is determined according to the child’s individual situation. Your KidsLife adviser will perform the necessary in your file, based on the information received from the institution or agency responsible for the placement. 
    Do you have any questions related to Child Benefit for children residing in an institution? Please contact your KidsLife adviser

  • Child Benefits

    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! 

  • Child Benefits

    When must I submit a new Child Benefit or Growth Package application?

    When to submit a Growth Package or Child Benefit application

    1. You are new to Belgium and don’t yet receive your Child Benefit or Growth Package
    2. You haven’t received Child Benefit or Growth Package payments for more than 1 year.

    When NOT to submit a Growth Package or Child Benefit application

    1. If you have already applied for the Maternity Allowance or Starting Amount from KidsLife. We automatically pay your Child Benefit and Growth Package following the birth of your child.
    2. When moving home
    3. If you already receive your Child Benefit or Growth Package in Belgium. Want to become a customer? You can become a KidsLife customer in no time!

    Would you like to submit an application?

    Apply online quickly and easily here!

     

  • 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

    Is it possible to receive retroactive Child Benefit payments?

    Yes! We can consider changes to your family circumstances or income from up to 5 years ago. A KidsLife adviser proactively investigates every application to determine your entitlement. That way, KidsLife ensures that you always receive the maximum amount of Child Benefit or Growth Package that you’re entitled to. 
    Request an investigation by KidsLife 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!

  • Child Benefits

    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. 

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    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 

  • 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.