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Apply for child supplement

Description

The child supplement is a benefit for families with low incomes. The child supplement supports your family if you have a small income and cannot or only just barely cover the needs of the entire family.

You are entitled to a child supplement for your children under 25 years of age if:

  • your child(s) is not married or in a civil partnership and lives in your household,
  • you receive child benefit for the child or are not entitled to child benefit only because you receive another comparable state benefit that excludes child benefit,
  • you have enough income for yourself and can cover the needs of your family with the child supplement,
  • your monthly income reaches a minimum threshold (the so-called minimum income limit) and
  • your income, which is credited to the child supplement, is not so high that the child supplement is reduced to zero, and
  • You do not have significant assets

The amount of the child supplement is a maximum of EUR 250.00 per month per child. If your income is higher than your needs as a parent, the child supplement is reduced. The income of your children is also taken into account, for example if your children receive maintenance, maintenance advance or half-orphan's pension.

The child supplement is granted for 6 months. After 6 months, you must submit a new application.

The following are taken into account as income:

  • 45 percent of your child's own income, e.g. maintenance, advance maintenance or half-orphan's pension,
  • 45 per cent of parents' income from employment or self-employment that exceeds their own needs,
  • compensation benefits such as unemployment benefit, short-time working allowance or sickness benefit,
  • Parental
  • social security pensions,
  • investment and interest income,
  • income from letting and leasing, and
  • Maintenance payments (spousal maintenance).

Since 1 January 2020, you can also receive the child allowance if you do not remain below your citizens' allowance entitlement with your earned income, the child supplement and the housing allowance for more than EUR 100.00 per month.

INFO:

If you receive child allowance or housing benefit, you can receive benefits for education and participation for your children. You can also be exempted from the KiTa fees.

The KiZ-Lotse helps you to check quickly and easily whether you are eligible for a child supplement. You can find the KiZ-Lotsen on the website of the Family Fund of the Federal Employment Agency under the navigation "Family and Children".

The Familienkasse offers a video consultation through which you can issue questions about the child supplement from home. You can make an appointment for a video consultation online or by calling 0800 4555530.

You can apply for the child supplement in writing using the form provided. In this case, please send the signed application by post to your responsible family fund.
You also have the option of completing the application online. In this case, you can upload the evidence directly; the data is then transmitted directly to the family fund.

For an electronic application with an electronic proof of identity:

  • Go to the website of the Family Fund of the Federal Employment Agency and call up the online application. For authentication, you need either
    • the new identity card with online ID function or
    • the eID card for EU citizens and nationals of the European Economic Area, or
    • an electronic residence title, or
    • an ELSTER certificate
  • Fill out the online application and upload the necessary supporting documents.
  • The online application and the uploaded evidence will be sent to the Familienkasse.
  • A written application by post to the Familienkasse is no longer required.

For an analogous application:

If you do not wish to submit an electronic application, you can alternatively have the online completed application sent to you for signature or print out the application yourself. In this case, please send the signed application by post to your responsible family fund.

  • Go to the website of the Family Fund of the Federal Employment Agency and call up the online application
  • Print out the completed application form or have it printed out and sent to the family fund.
  • You can also print out the application form directly and fill it in by hand.
  • Submit the signed application documents
    and the necessary evidence at the family fund. You can also obtain the form from your local
    Family fund.
  • You can also have the application documents sent to you in paper form for filling.
  • You will receive the notification of your application by post.

You can communicate important changes in your personal circumstances via the website of the Familienkasse.

Communicate changes electronically:

  • Go to the website of the Family Fund of the Federal Employment Agency and call up the change notification. For authentication, you need either
    • the new identity card with online ID function or
    • the eID card for EU citizens and nationals of the European Economic Area, or
    • an electronic residence title, or
    • an ELSTER certificate.
  • Fill out the online change notification directly on your computer and upload the necessary proofs.
  • The notification of change and the uploaded evidence are sent directly to the family fund.

Communicate changes analogously:

If you do not wish to notify changes electronically, you can have the change notification completed online sent to you or print out the form yourself. Please send them signed by post to your responsible family fund.

  • Go to the website of the Family Fund of the Federal Employment Agency and call up the change notification.
  • Print out the change notification or have it printed out and sent to the family fund.
  • You can also print out the change notification directly and fill it out by hand.
  • You can also obtain the form from your local family fund.

You can find the family fund responsible for you via the service finder on the website of the Federal Employment Agency.

In order to receive a child supplement, the following requirements must be met:

  • Your child(ren) is under 25 years of age, not married or in a civil partnership and lives in your household.
  • You receive child benefit or a comparable benefit for your child(ren), for example from abroad.
  • They have:
    • as a couple together with a gross income of at least EUR 900.00 per month (without housing benefit, child benefit and child supplement) or
    • as a single parent of at least EUR 600.00 per month.
  • Your income, which is credited to the child supplement, is not so high that the child supplement is reduced to zero.
  • They do not have significant assets.
  • As a rule, you can receive the child supplement if you can cover the needs of the whole family within the meaning of SGB II with your income, child benefit, any housing benefit to which you may be entitled and the child supplement.
  • Child supplement is subordinate to other possible income of the child; where applicable, there is an obligation to seek priority claims such as maintenance or advance maintenance.
  • Application for child supplement, including the applicant/partner attachment and the child appendix
  • Proof of income
  • Declaration on assets
  • Proof of housing costs
  • if applicable, further documents and evidence

There is no deadline. Note: The child supplement is not paid retroactively, but at the earliest from the month of application.

Forms available: Yes
Written form required: Yes
Informal application possible: No
Personal appearance required: No
Online services available: Yes

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ)

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