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Apply for a child supplement

Description

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

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

  • Your child(ren) is not married or partnered and lives/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 limit (the so-called minimum income limit) and
  • Your income and assets, which are counted towards the child supplement, are not so high that the child supplement is reduced to zero.

The maximum amount of the child supplement is EUR 229.00 per month per child. If your income is higher than your needs as a parent, the child supplement decreases. 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 in each case. After 6 months, you will need to submit a new application.

The following are counted as income:

  • own income of your child(ren) at 45 percent, for example maintenance, maintenance advance 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 supplement if you do not remain more than EUR 100.00 per month below the SGB II entitlement with your earned income, the child supplement and the housing benefit.

INFO:

If you receive a child supplement or housing benefit, you can receive education and participation benefits for your children. In addition, you can be exempted from the KiTa fees.

The KiZ pilot helps you to quickly and easily check whether you are entitled to a child supplement. You can find the KiZ pilot on the website of the Family Fund of the Federal Employment Agency under the navigation

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

You can apply for the child supplement in writing using the form provided. You can also complete the application online. In this case, proofs can be uploaded directly and the data is transmitted directly to the family fund. Nevertheless, it is still necessary to send the signed application by post to the family fund.

Apply for a child supplement:

  • Go to the website of the Family Fund of the Federal Employment Agency, download the application form and fill it out directly on the computer.
  • Print out the completed application and sign it.
  • You can also print out the application form directly and fill it out by hand.
  • You can also obtain the form from your responsible family fund.
  • Submit the signed application documents and the necessary evidence to the family fund.

You can also complete the application online:

  • Go to the website of the Family Fund of the Federal Employment Agency and call up the online application.
  • Fill out the online application and upload the necessary proofs.
  • Submit the signed application documents to the family fund. To do this, you can print out the application yourself or have it printed out. The application must still be sent by post to the family fund.

You will then receive the approval or rejection of your application by post, stating the reasons.

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/are younger than 25 years of age, not married or partnered and lives/lives in your household.
  • You receive child benefit or a comparable benefit for your child(ren) from abroad, for example.
  • You 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 for at least 600,00 EUR per month.
  • Your income and assets, which are counted towards the child supplement, are not so high that the child supplement is reduced to zero.
  • 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, the child benefit, the housing allowance that may be due 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 attachment
  • Proof of income
  • Declaration of 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 necessary: 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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