Birth, adoption, graduation... We are always happy to provide you with useful information & inspiration for you and your child. That way, key moments become the most memorable ones. What is your current situation?
I want to become pregnant
The decision has been made and you're planning to start a family. Or add another child to your family. Regardless your situation, you can’t wait to welcome that little bundle of joy. And now that you’ve set your mind on it, it can’t happen quickly enough. Time to start planning for your baby!
All children must be given every opportunity from the day they are born. To support proud parents in this important responsibility, every child born after 1/1/2019 and residing in Flanders is entitled to a “welcome-to-the-world” gift in the form of a starting amount.
I’m a foster parent
As a foster parent, you are responsible for the care and costs associated with raising your foster child. You will therefore receive the full basic amount, potentially supplemented with care and social allowances for your foster child.
I want to adopt
Adopting a child is a major commitment. Parents in Flanders who welcome an adopted child into their family from 1/1/2019 are entitled to a starting amount. This supplementary allowance is the same as the starting amount for newborns.
If your child attends a Dutch-language childcare facility in Flanders or Brussels-Capital, and you do not pay based on your income, then you are entitled to a childcare allowance.
All 3-year-old children who are enrolled in Dutch-language education, and children of 4 years who remain enrolled and attend school frequently enough, receive an allowance: the toddler allowance.
My child is going to school
In certain cases, children who attend a nursery, primary or secondary school are entitled to the School allowance. This allowance is also called selective participation allowance and is intended for lower-income families. KidsLife makes it easy for you by automatically paying the School Allowance at the end of the year.
My child has become an adult (students)
Their coming of age will result in your son or daughter assuming an increasing amount of responsibility. The Child Benefit payment will continue in certain circumstances.
My child is going abroad
Is your child keen to spread their wings? Are they planning to spend a year studying abroad? Or to spend their summer holidays with family overseas? In the majority of cases, you will still be entitled to the Growth Package or Child Benefit.
My child has graduated
Is your son or daughter no longer in education? Then they are classed as school-leavers for Child Benefit and the Growth Package. When they stop studying, graduate or start a first job, they may still be entitled to Child Benefit and the Growth Package.
Divorce and co-parenting
When parents separate, it often entails major emotional and practical changes for the parents and children involved. A divorce can also affect your Child Benefit payments. What arrangements do you need to make? Who will receive the Child Benefit payments going forward? Will you receive an additional supplement in your capacity as a single mother or father?