The following is payable for each child

There are a number of amounts payable for children living in Flanders.

The 'startbedrag'

How much is it?

You will receive a one-off amount of €1,122.00 on the birth or adoption of a child, the so-called 'startbedrag'. You cannot add the 'startbedrag' for a birth and an adoption for the same child within one family.

How do you receive this?

You can request the 'startbedrag' no earlier than four months before the estimated birth date and up to five years after the birth from a Groeipakket payment fund. Request the 'startbedrag' before the birth, then provide your payment fund with a doctor’s certificate stating the anticipated date of birth. If you are not yet able to provide a certificate when making your request you may provide this at a later point.

An example: Lies and Mona are expecting a child. The anticipated date of birth is 15 May 2019. They can request the 'startbedrag' from 15 January 2019.

In the case of adoption, the request should be accompanied by a copy of the petition for national or international adoption. If an international adoption is not accompanied by a petition, an international adoption decision or a decision on placement with a view to adoption will suffice.

When will you receive it?

You will receive the 'startbedrag' no earlier than two months before the anticipated date of birth. It can only be paid on receipt of the doctor’s certificate.

An example: Lies and Mona are expecting a child. The anticipated date of birth is 15 May 2019. They can receive the 'startbedrag' from 15 May 2019.

In the case of adoption, you will receive the 'startbedrag' as soon as the child forms part of your family.

The basic amount

How much is it?

You will receive a monthly amount for your child(ren) as financial support for their upbringing. This is the same for each child born from 2019 and amounts to €163.20.

Parents of children born before 2019 will retain the basic amounts of the former child benefit system plus an age allowance at 6, 12 and 18 years.

How do you receive this?

Were you already receiving child benefits for children born before 2019? Or did you receive a 'startbedrag' for your child in the new system? Then you will receive the basic amount automatically.

If you have not received child benefits or a 'startbedrag', you can request the basic amount from a Groeipakket payment fund.

If no one submits the request, the 'Agentschap Uitbetaling Groeipakket' (Flemish Agency for the Payment of the Groeipakket) will still establish the right and pay out the 'Groeipakket'.

If your child was born in Flanders, you will be entitled without condition up to and including the month in which the child reaches the age of 18. This is the month in which he or she reaches the age of 21 for children with a specific support need.

When will you receive it?

You will always receive the basic amount no later than the 8th of the month following the month of entitlement.

An example: Sonia and Mo have a daughter Rani on 25 January 2019. They will be entitled to the basic amount for Rani from January 2019. The payment fund pays this for the first time on 8 February 2019.

The school bonus

How much is it?

In August, the parents of each child for whom they were entitled to the basic amount in July will receive a school bonus as a helping hand at the start of the new school year.

Also parents of children who do not yet attend school will receive the bonus as support in the costs of upbringing.

The amount depends on the child’s age.

0 - 4 years €20,40
5 - 11 years €35,70
12 - 17 years €51
18 - 24 years €61,20

How and when will you receive it?

You will receive the school bonus automatically. It will be paid in August together with the basic amount.