Frequently Asked Questions

  • 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. 

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    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

    What’s the difference between the Growth Package and Child Benefit?

    As per 01/01/2019, Child Benefit is known as the Growth Package in Flanders. The Growth Package contains many more allowances than the previous Child Benefit.

    Thus, from 2019 onwards, you may also be entitled to a Childcare Allowance, Toddler Allowance and a Study Allowance, in addition to your basic Child Benefit.
    If you earn less than a specific threshold amount, then you are still entitled to a supplementary allowance.

    Additional allowances for children with a specific support need also remain available. 
    Each family automatically receives the allowances to which they’re entitled.

    Discover everything you need to know about the Growth Package here!

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    What constitutes a de facto family?

    You form a de facto family if…
    … you live with another person at the same address ...
    …and you collectively contribute to the household finances ...
    …and you’re not a relative up until the third degree ...

    In other words, you cannot form a de facto family with your first-, second-, or third-degree relatives (or in-laws), such as your sister, stepbrother, dad, grandmother, or aunt.

    You can therefore form a de facto family with your “cousin”. This implies the fourth-degree child of your aunt or uncle.

    Thus you needn’t be married or legally cohabiting. Whether you are of the same or a different sex makes absolutely no difference.

    Still unsure whether you form a de facto family? Then check this with your KidsLife adviser.

  • 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

    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

    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

    What information appears on the Growth Package/Child Benefit certificate?

    Live in Flanders?

    The proof of payment states that KidsLife pays Child Benefit for your child(ren) and to whom this is paid. The certificate exclusively states the name and date of birth of those children who are still entitled to Child Benefit. It’s not currently possible to create certificates specifying the actual amounts. In the context of the GDPR, the certificate does not contain any address details. 

    Live in Brussels or Wallonia?

    The proof of payment states that KidsLife pays Child Benefit for your child(ren) and to whom this is paid. The certificate exclusively states the name and date of birth of those children who are still entitled to Child Benefit. The last monthly amount paid may or may not appear on the certificate, depending on for which organisation you are requesting the certificate. In the context of the GDPR, the certificate does not contain any address details.

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    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

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    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.