Birth allowance

If you and/or your partner are part of the Belgian social security system (e.g. by working as an employee or Belgian civil servant, being self-employed, or on unemployment benefits) you should be entitled to receive a birth allowance (‘prime de naissance’ / ‘startbedrag’).

This is a one-off payment of around EUR 1,000 from the Belgian state for each child that is born (or adopted), paid by a family allowance agency.

Since January 2019, the family allowance system has been managed at regional rather than federal level, which means that it is the (future) domicile of your child that determines which system they fall under.

In this section you can find out about the:

Other conditions may exist for families where one or more parent is an:

  • employee of a European institution, Eurocontrol or one of the European schools
  • employee of the UN, NATO and SHAPE

Ask your HR department or the relevant agency according to where you are domiciled (see below).

Some basic principles of birth allowance payments


Who submits the application?It is usually the father who applies for the birth allowance. If this is not possible, the following people can make the request in the following order:
  • the co-parent if she is older than the mother
  • the mother;
  • the step-father / step-mother;
  • the oldest of the following people;
    • the mother's partner;
    • one of the child's grandparents if they are all domiciled together;
    • an uncle or aunt of the child if they are domiciled together;
  • a brother, sister, half-brother or half-sister.
Who is the birth allowance paid to?The birth allowance is always paid to the (biological) mother.


If your child will be domiciled in Brussels

If you are requesting a birth allowance for a first child who will be domiciled in Brussels, or a child who is moving/has moved to Brussels, you can do so from one of five payment funds: Famiris, Infino Bruxelles, Parentia Bruxelles, Brussels Family or Kidslife Bruxelles.

From January 2022, all families will be free to choose the payment fund of their choice. Until then, if you are already receiving family allowance for at least one other child, you must send your request to the fund that pays that allowance.

Payment funds offer similar services, and the amounts are identical across all funds.

How and when to apply for the birth allowance?

You can apply for the birth allowance any time after 6 months of pregnancy (or within a certain time after the birth – see ‘Worth knowing’ below). The easiest way to apply is via the website of your chosen fund. Complete the form, and attach a copy of the medical certificate from your doctor that indicates your expected due date. In this form you indicate the bank account to which the amount should be paid. 

How much do I receive and when?

In Brussels, you will receive EUR 1,122 for your first child, or per child for any multiple birth. For subsequent births, you receive EUR 510. The birth allowance is paid as of the 8th month of pregnancy.

Worth knowing

  • If your birth allowance has been requested and approved, you will also start receiving the monthly family allowance after the birth automatically, without no additional paperwork to submit.
  • If you didn’t apply for a birth allowance before the birth, you still have some time to do this after the birth.
    • Children born before 1 April 2018: apply no later than five years from last day of the trimester in which your baby was born.
    • Children born between 1 April 2018 and 31 December 2019: apply no later than 31/03/2023.
    • Children born after 1 January 2020: apply no later than three years from the last day of the trimester in which your baby was born.

If your child will be domiciled in Flanders

If you are requesting a birth allowance for a first child who will be domiciled in Flanders, or a child who is moving/has moved to Flanders, your child is part of the ‘groeipakket’ scheme, which brings together the ‘startbedrag’ (birth/adoption allowance), family allowances as well as allowances related to childcare, school attendance etc.

You can request the birth allowance from one of five payment funds: FONSInfinoKidsLife VlaanderenMyFamily or Parentia.

Payment funds offer similar services, and the amounts are identical across all funds.

How to apply for the birth allowance?

You can apply for the birth allowance any time after 6 months of pregnancy (or within a certain time after the birth – see ‘Worth knowing’ below). The easiest way to apply is via the website of your chosen fund. Complete the form, and attach a copy of the medical certificate from your doctor that indicates your expected due date. In this form you indicate the bank account to which the amount should be paid. 

How much do I receive and when?

For each child that is born after 1 January 2019, you will receive a ‘startbedrag’ of EUR 1,144,44. The amount is paid to your bank account as of the 8th month of pregnancy.

After the birth

When you register the birth of your baby at the commune, you will receive a special paper to send to your payment fund. Once the fund has received this paper, they will initiate monthly family allowance payments.

More information?

https://www.groeipakket.be/en


If your child will be domiciled in Wallonia

If you are requesting a birth allowance for a first child who will be domiciled in Wallonia, or a child who is moving/has moved to Wallonia, you can do so from one of five payment funds: Famiwal, Parentia, Camille, Kidslife, or Infino.

How and when to apply for the birth allowance?

You can apply for the birth allowance any time after 6 months of pregnancy (or up to five years after the birth). The easiest way to apply is via the website of your chosen fund. Complete the form, and attach a copy of the medical certificate from your doctor that indicates your expected due date. In this form you indicate the bank account to which the amount should be paid. 

How much do I receive and when?

For each child that is born after 1 January 2020, you will receive a birth allowance of EUR 1,122. The amount is paid to your bank account as of the 8th month of pregnancy.


If your child will be domiciled in German-speaking Belgium

The new system is in place since 1 January 2019, and covers family allowance, birth allowance and adoption allowance.

More information?


Other situations

What if my baby is stillborn?

If your baby is stillborn after at least 24 weeks of pregnancy, you can still apply for this allowance, provided you submit an ‘acte de déclaration d’un enfant présenté sans vie’ (which you receive from the hospital) to the family allowance agency.