This amount is an important boost. You can use the money for everything your child needs. Will you use it to finish the nursery, fill the diaper bill or buy children's clothes? The choice is yours.
There is a joyful event coming up in your family: the arrival of a child. What a miracle! To welcome this little one in the best possible way, you are entitled to certain assistance, including an amount of money from your payer (you can choose).
You may know that in Belgium, a payer gives a one-off premium to each child born on the territory. If you live in Flanders, since the regionalisation of 1 January 2019, this premium is called the "birth fee". Previously, the term 'maternity fee' was used. What do you need to know about the Start Amount? Here you will find the answers you are looking for.
Whether it is your first child or not, the amount of this premium is € 1.190,68* per child. Are you expecting twins? Then you are entitled to twice € 1.190,68.
*This amount will be indexed annually.
The amount is paid 2 months before the birth, regardless of when you made the application.
You can apply for the amount as soon as you are pregnant. You will then receive the starting amount at the earliest two months before the estimated date of delivery. A few conditions:
Each (future) parent living in Flanders can apply for the starting amount.
Je kan het startbedrag op eenvoudige wijze aanvragen door een aanvraagformulier in te vullen.
As a parent, you are entitled to the monthly child benefit from the month your child is born. Have you already received your starting amount? Then you do not need to do anything anymore.
Every (future) parent living in Flanders can submit an application. The amount is paid
Have you adopted a child? Then you are of course entitled to a "starting amount for adoption" (which is the amount provided for in the event of adoption). You just have to send us, together with your application, a copy of the national or foreign adoption application that was submitted to the competent court or, failing that, the foreign adoption decree.
Have you adopted a child? If there is only one adopter or if only one of the two parents applies, the Start Amount will be deposited into that person's account. If both adoptive parents apply for the lump sum, the payment will be made to the account number of their choice. In case of disagreement, the youngest parent will receive the amount. You will find all the information together with the document to submit the application here.
The pregnant mother (or one of the parents if it does not concern the first child) submits the application to the payer of the Growth Packet of her choice. She fills out an application form with her details, possibly also the details of the dad or co-parent and, importantly, adds a medical certificate of pregnancy (see below for the conditions of validity).
When should you submit the application and when is the amount paid?
In order to submit a valid application, you must attach a medical certificate proving that you are at least five full months pregnant.
By submitting your application in advance (and from your sixth month of pregnancy onwards), you will receive the Start payment at the earliest two months before the due date of birth of your child and on condition that the pregnant mother has permission to stay in Belgium. Please note that payers have certain payment dates by law; these are the same for each fund.
In addition, if you make your request after the two-month period before the birth, you will receive the amount on the next payment date set for the payers. There is no obligation to submit your application in advance, you do it whenever you want as soon as you are six months pregnant.
Would you like Infino to take care of your application? We are happy to do so! Request your starting amount before birth
Do you still need to make arrangements with your paymaster?
Once you have submitted your application for a starting amount, you do not need to take any further steps with your payer of the Growth Pack. Your file has been opened, we automatically receive the information about the birth of your child through your municipal administration.
Kind en Gezin wants to assist you and your child during the first three years of life by providing professional help, information and advice on development, health, education, nutrition, safety and much more.
To this end, a Kind en Gezin staff member can contact you during your pregnancy to get acquainted. So be sure to leave your mobile phone number or email address at Kind en Gezin.
Can't find the answer to your question because your situation is more specific? Maybe you will find the answer in the list of frequently asked questions.
To welcome your child in the best possible way, you need to get a few things in order and they can have a financial impact. Did you know that there is a starting amount to help your little one get started?