When does a child have orphan's allowance entitlement?

This orphan’s allowance is available to every legal, recognised or adopted child where at least one of the parents has died. A child also qualifies for orphan’s allowance entitlement if the justice of the peace determines that the parents are absent from the child’s life.

The allowance is granted from the month of death or from the date stated in the verdict passed by the justice of the peace.

An orphan or half orphan receives an orphan’s allowance as long as he or she is entitled to the “Groeipakket” (child benefit), even if the remaining parent forms a new family.

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Who receives the orphan's allowance?

The amount is paid to the person who raises the child. This payment is always made on the 8th of the month, in addition to the monthly Groeipakket (child benefit).

Is the child over 16 years of age or  is he or she living alone? Then the child receives the orphan’s allowance.

You will automatically be granted the orphan's allowance

You therefore do not need to submit an application.

However, it is worth informing MyFamily immediately in the event of the death of a parent in Belgium. This will keep us informed more quickly than through the Crossroads Bank for Enterprises and will enable us to start the allocation process sooner.

If the parent passed away in a different country, please send us the death certificate. If the child was not born in Belgium and remained abroad following the death of their parent, MyFamily requires a birth certificate (in addition to the death certificate) in order to determine the child’s family ties.

If the justice of the peace determined that the parents are absent from the child’s life, please send MyFamily a copy of the verdict.

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How much orphan's allowance are you entitled to receive?

An orphan receives an orphan’s allowance of € 163,20, 100% of the basic amount if:

  • the only parent has died or both parents have died;
  • the justice of the peace determines that one or both parents are absent from the child’s life;
  • one of the parents has died and the justice of the peace determines that the other parent is absent from the child’s life.

An half orphan receives an orphan’s allowance of € 81,60 50% of the basic amount if:

  • one of the parents has died;
  • the justice of the peace determines that one of the parents is absent from the child’s life.

If you received the increased orphan’s allowance in 2018, this amount will continue to be part of the Groeipakket.

Would you like to know more about the orphan's allowance?

Our Groeipakket coaches are on hand to provide you with all the information you need. Don’t hesitate to contact us.


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