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:

Note: The terminology for this allowance can differ – in French it is sometimes called a ‘prime’, sometimes an ‘allocation’.  


Some basic principles of birth allowance payments

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If your child will be domiciled in Brussels

Until 8 January 2020, the birth allowance (and family allowance) is paid by FAMIFED, the federal agency for family allowances. After that date, a new public institution Famiris will take over.

How to apply for the birth allowance?

You can apply for the birth allowance any time after 24 weeks or pregnancy, until 5 years after the birth of your child.

  • If you already have a child, you simply need to send an attestation from your doctor, confirming your due date, to your family allowance agency.

  • If you are pregnant with your first child, send a ‘Demande d’allocation de naissance’ (model E) to the family allowance agency of your (last) employer. In this form you indicate the bank account to which the amount should be paid. 

After the birth, send your family allowance agency the ‘attestation pour obtenir l’allocation de naissance’ that you receive from the commune.

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.

How much do I receive and when?

The birth allowance is currently (May 2019) EUR 1297,92 for the first child born (or adopted) and EUR 976,53 for any subsequent children.

It is paid as of the 8th month of pregnancy.

More information?

  • www.iriscare.brussels (French) – includes a simulator to see what your family allowance amounts would be as of 8 January 2020. 

If your child will be domiciled in Flanders

If you are domiciled in Flanders, your child is part of the new ‘groeipakket’ scheme, which brings together the ‘startbedrag’ (birth/adoption allowance), family allowances as well as allowances related to childcare, school attendance etc.

How to apply for the birth allowance?

  • If you already have a child, your application is processed automatically and you don’t have to submit any paperwork.

  • If you are pregnant with your first child, you can apply online for the ‘startbedrag’.

After the birth, you need to provide payment fund with an original copy of the birth certificate. You will receive this when you register your child at the commune.

How much do I receive and when?

For each child that is born after 1 January 2019, you will receive a ‘startbedrag’ of EUR 1,122. The amount is paid to your bank account as of the 8th month of pregnancy.

Worth knowing

If your ‘startbedrag’ has been requested and approved, you will also start receiving the ‘groiepakket’ after the birth automatically, without no additional paperwork to submit.

More information?

https://www.groeipakket.be/en/what-is-included-in-the-groeipakket


If your child will be domiciled in Wallonia

How to apply for the birth allowance?

  • If you already have a child, you simply need to send an attestation from your doctor, confirming your due date, to your family allowance agency.

  • If you are pregnant with your first child, you can apply online for the birth allowance.

How much do I receive and when?

The birth allowance is currently (May 2019) EUR 1297,92 for the first child born (or adopted) and EUR 976,53 for any subsequent children.

It is paid as of the 8th month of pregnancy.

More information?


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

If you do not fall under any of the categories mentioned here, contact the Office national d’allocations familiales pour travailleurs salariés (ONAFTS) / Rijksdienst voor Kinderbijslag voor Werknemers (RKW) to find out if and how you are entitled to a birth allowance.

Some examples of other situations are: teachers, students, workers in the catering industry.

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.


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