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Child Benefit becomes "Groeipakket" on 1/01/2019.

I'm pregnant

Are you expecting a baby? Congratulations!

All children must be given every opportunity from the day they are born. To support proud parents in this important responsibility, every child born after 1/1/2019 and residing in Flanders is entitled to a “welcome-to-the-world” gift in the form of a starting amount, formerly known as maternity allowance or baby bonus. 


Kraamgeld

If you reside in Flanders, you can apply for the starting amount even before your baby is born! Simply complete your application via our handy online tool and we will process it swiftly and accurately. You will receive the starting amount from KidsLife 2 months prior to your expected due date. 

Would you prefer to submit your application in writing? No problem! Our employees are ready to guide you through the process and answer all your questions. You can download the application form here

Request starting amount

(for online application, we require your National Register number and a doctor's certificate with the estimated due date)