New to Belgium: what am I entitled to?

Welcome to Belgium! You probably have a mountain of tasks on your to-do list. KidsLife will help you to obtain all the benefits to which your child is entitled.
Submitting an application is extremely quick and easy! Our KidsLife advisers will set straight to work on processing your request.

Submitting an application is extremely quick and easy! Our KidsLife advisers will set straight to work on processing your request.

Apply for your Child Benefit

Growth Package and Child Benefit: a monthly payment for all children

Do you have children? In Belgium, those with children receive a monthly amount: the Growth Package or Child Benefit. You receive Child Benefit in Brussels and Wallonia, and the Growth Package (the new name for Child Benefit) in Flanders.
 

Calculate your payment amounts here

How can I apply for my Growth Package or Child Benefit?

You can submit an online application quickly and easily.

Prefer to submit a paper request? No problem.

Need help in completing your application? Then make an appointment at one of our offices, or contact a KidsLife adviser.

  • Make sure that you have all your family members’ dates of birth to hand. Naturally, we also require your family members’ names. Already in possession of a Belgian National Register number? Then please supply us with this as well. It will enable us to process your file more quickly.
  • If you previously received Child Benefit abroad, then we’ll also require the name and address of the competent foreign Child Benefit Fund. We’ll request confirmation from this organisation that they’ve ceased making any payments. Already have such a confirmation in your possession? Then please add it to your application to save time!
  • Finally, we require the bank account number to which you’d like us to make your Growth Package or Child Benefit payments. Don’t (yet) have a bank account? No problem! We’ll issue a circular cheque instead. However, a deposit to your bank account is always the fastest and most secure payment method.

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Contact a KidsLife adviser for answers to all your questions

What is a Child Benefit Fund?

A Child Benefit Fund ensures the payment of applicable allowances and premiums for all Belgian parents.

But what’s the difference between:

A Health Insurance Fund and a Child Benefit Fund?

A health insurance fund primarily covers your medical care and the payment of allowances during pregnancy or illness. In most cases, they also provide additional services such as Home Care or the loan of medical equipment.
A Child Benefit Fund pays out various family premiums and allowances.

Various Child Benefit Funds

All Child Benefit Funds must adhere to the same regulations. This means that you always receive the same amount from every fund and that payments are also made on the same dates. The experts at the KidsLife Child Benefit Fund ensure the smooth processing of your file and the rapid payment of your benefits. Thanks to our experts, KidsLife ensures that you never miss out on any benefits.

Growth Package and Child Benefit

Growth Package is the name for the new Child Benefit in Flanders. In Brussels and Wallonia, this is still referred to as Child Benefit.

Why submit an application to the KidsLife Child Benefit Fund?

More than 400,000 children already receive a monthly payment from KidsLife.

More than 400,000 children already receive a monthly payment from KidsLife.

Our families rate KidsLife 4/5 for satisfaction.

Our families rate KidsLife 4/5 for satisfaction.

Our KidsLife advisers are genuine experts in all things Child Benefit & Growth Package related.

Our KidsLife advisers are genuine experts in all things Child Benefit & Growth Package related.

Submitting an online application is quick and easy.

Submitting an online application is quick and easy.

The My KidsLife portal provides access to your Child Benefit and/or Growth Package 24/7

The My KidsLife portal provides access to your Child Benefit and/or Growth Package 24/7

From which date will my Belgian Child Benefit entitlement commence?

Submit an application for your Growth Package and Child Benefit, and we’ll automatically investigate your entitlement to both types of family allowance over the last 5 years.

Please note: the condition for entitlement prior to 1/1/2019 is professional activity* in Belgium. You might therefore be entitled to Child Benefit or the Growth Package from 1/1/2019, but not to Child Benefit for the preceding period.

If you’d like more information about your specific circumstances, then please contact your KidsLife adviser.

*professional activity in Belgium implies: working in the capacity of an employee or a self-employed person, receiving unemployment benefits, or receiving sickness benefits (this list is not exhaustive)

Are not all of your children living in Belgium? Or does one of the parents still work abroad?
Different rules apply to each scenario. View the various scenarios here:

 

Foreign Child Benefit scenarios

Which premiums and allowances are included in the Belgian Child Benefit & Growth Package?

You might also be entitled to supplementary allowances and premiums in addition to the basic monthly amount. This depends on where your family lives.
If you applied for your Child Benefit or Growth Package from KidsLife, then you’ll receive these allowances automatically. We always ensure that you receive the maximum amount to which you’re entitled.

Not yet receiving your Child Benefit or Growth Package in Belgium? Then submit your application without delay! That way you won’t miss out on any benefits. Your KidsLife adviser will set to work on processing your application as swiftly as possible.

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Hospitalisation insurance during pregnancy: everything you wish to know

Hospitalisation insurance during pregnancy: everything you wish to know

Pregnant? Then hospitalisation insurance will come in handy. Find out all about it here.
Hospitalisation insurance during pregnancy: everything you wish to know
The basic amount: monthly Child Benefit amounts per child.

The basic amount: monthly Child Benefit amounts per child.

Children who are entitled to the Growth Package or Child Benefit receive a basic monthly amount. This basic amount can be topped up with supplementary allowances or premiums. Your basic amount is based on a number of conditions and may vary per child. 
The basic amount: monthly Child Benefit amounts per child.
School allowance

School allowance

In certain circumstances children who attend pre-, primary or secondary school are entitled to the Study Allowance. This allowance is also referred to as the selective participation allowance and is intended for families on low incomes. You receive this in addition to the school premium or school bonus that’s paid out in August. 
School allowance