In Flanders, the child benefit is known as the Groeipakket

In Flanders, you can choose from five organisations to pay your Groeipakket (child benefit). MyFamily is one of them, with the others being Fons, Infino, Kidslife and Parentia.

Starting amount en basic fee

Payments for children born before 2019 will not change.

For children born after 2019, you’ll receive a Groeipakket (child benefit) that consists of a fixed Starting amount (maternity allowance) and Basic fee (basic amount). The amounts are the same for each child. For each birth or adoption after 2019, you’ll receive €1,167.33 as a Starting amount. After that, you’ll receive a monthly Basic fee of €169.79 for each child.

Already applied for your Startbedrag? The child benefit, entitles you to €1,167.33 for your child.

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A little extra to support childcare and education

  • Childcare allowance
    For those who haven’t reached school age, you’ll receive €3.36 for every day that they attend childcare, provided that the childcare centre is licensed by the Flemish Community and care fees aren’t linked to your income. Read more about the childcare allowance here.
  • Toddlers’ allowance
    You’ll receive €135.25 for toddlers aged three and over who attend nursery school. If your child’s attendance is high enough, you’ll receive a further €135.25 when your child turns four years old. Read more about the toddler allowance here.
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  • School bonus or universal participation allowance
    You’ll receive a school allowance for each child in August each year. The amount depends on how old your child is at the time.
  • Education allowance or selective participation allowance
    This replaces the study allowances for nursery, primary and secondary education. Read more about the education allowance here.

Allowances in the Groeipakket (child benefit)

Child benefit also offers financial support to children with specific needs. This takes the form of additional premiums or allowances. The support to which you’re entitled depends on your income, the makeup of your family. and the number of children.

  • Social allowance
    Children from families who may be experiencing financial difficulties can count on a social allowance. The amount will depend on your family income. Find out more about the social allowance.
  • Care allowance
    Children with specific support needs may also receive financial support. The amount will depend on the support the child needs. Find out more about whether you’ll be eligible for the care allowance.
  • Orphan’s allowance
    If at least one parent has passed away, a child may receive (half of) an orphan’s allowance. Read more about the conditions applicable to the orphan allowance.
  • Foster care allowance
    Foster parents who raise children in their family receive a premium of €65.58 a month. Read more about the foster care allowance.

You choose who pays your Groeipakket

In Flanders, you can choose who pays your Groeipakket. MyFamily is one of five organisations, but you can switch to another organisation at a later date if you wish to do so. Our comparison lists all five organisations at a glance to help you make the right choice for you.

Moving to Flanders?

If you’re moving to Flanders, you can choose who pays your Groeipakket. MyFamily is one of the options available to you. If you’d like to join our family, fill in this simple application form online. We’ll then transfer everything from the organisation previously resposnsible for paying your child benefit.

Applications can also be made on paper . Download and complete this application form and return it to us by email to [email protected] or by post to MyFamily, Brouwersvliet 4, Box 3, 2000 Antwerp.

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Child benefits in Brussels

If you live in Brussels, BrusselsFamily can pay your child benefit. There are four other child benefit funds: Parentia, Infino, Kidslife and Famiris.

Maternity allowance and Basic fee

For your first child, you’ll receive €1,144.44 as a maternity allowance or childbirth benefit. You will receive €520.20 for each subsequent child. If you’re expecting a multiple birth (twins, triplets and so on), the maternity allowance will be €1,144.44 per child.

New basic amounts apply for all children from 2020. However, if the new system disadvantages you, you’ll continue to receive the previous amounts. How much you receive will depend on the makeup of your family and the number of children.

A school bonus to support education

You’ll receive a school bonus before the start of the school year. The amount depends on how old your child is.

Allowances in the Brussels child benefit

For children who need specific support, the Brussels child benefit system provides additional premiums or allowances. The support to which you’re entitled depends on your income, the makeup of your family, and the number of children. An overview can be found below:

  • A social allowance for children from low-income families.
  • A care allowance for children with additional support needs.
  • (Half of) an orphan’s allowance for children who’ve lost at least one parent.
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You choose who pays your child benefit

Since 2020, you’ve been able to choose who pays your child benefit. There are five child benefit funds, including BrusselsFamily. You can switch to another organisation at any time if you wish to do so.

Moving to Brussels?

If you’re moving to Brussels from Flanders and MyFamily pays your Groeipakket, we’ll be happy to transfer your file to BrusselsFamily or another child benefit fund of your choice.

Child benefit in Wallonia

There are five child benefit funds in Wallonia. Camille is one, with the others being Infino, Kidslife, Famiwal and Parentia.

Maternity allowance and Basic fee

Payments for children born before 2020 will not change.

For children born from 2020 onwards, new amounts apply. For each birth or adoption, you’ll receive €1,144.44 as a maternity allowance (birth allowance). The basic amount you’ll receive afterwards depends on the age of your child. You’ll receive a monthly basic amount of €158.10 for children aged between 0 and 17, while this will increase to €168.30 a month for children aged between 18 and 24.

A school bonus to support education

You’ll receive a school bonus before the start of the school year. The amount depends on how old your child is.

Allowances in the Walloon child benefit

For children who need additional support, the Walloon child benefit system provides for premiums or allowances. The support you will recieve depends on your income, the members of your family, and the number of children. An overview can be found below:

  • A social allowance for children from low-income families.
  • A care allowance for children with additional support needs.
  • (Half of) an orphan’s allowance for children who’ve lost at least one parent.
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You choose who pays your child benefit

Since 2019, you’ve been able to choose your child benefit fund in some cases. And from 2021, everyone will be free to decide who pays their child benefit, so you can switch at any time.

Moving to Wallonia?

If you’re moving to Wallonia from Flanders and MyFamily pays your Groeipakket, we’ll be happy to transfer your file to Camille or another child benefit fund of your choice.

Child benefit in the German-speaking Community

In the German-speaking part of Belgium, only the German-speaking Community pays the child benefit.

Maternity allowance and Basic fee

Payments for children born before 2019 will not change. However, if the old system disadvantages you, you’ll move over to the new system.

Children born from 2019 onwards will receive a maternity or adoption allowance (childbirth benefit) of €1,144. After that, you’ll receive a monthly basic amount of €159.63 for each child.

A school bonus to support education

Each child receives a school bonus of €52.87 prior to the start of each new school year.

Allowances in the child benefit provided by the German-speaking Community

Additional premiums or allowances are provided for children who need specific support. The support you will recieve depends on your income and the number of children. An overview can be found below:

  • A social allowance for children from low-income families.
  • A care allowance for children with additional support needs.
  • (Half of) an orphan’s allowance for children who’ve lost at least one parent.
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Moving to the German-speaking Community?

If you’re moving to the German-speaking Community, you cannot choose who pays your child benefit. This means you’ll receive your child benefit from the government. If you lived in Flanders and MyFamily paid your child benefit, we’ll transfer your file.

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