In the event that you are left on your own, the child benefit will be replaced by an increased orphan benefit.

Who receives the orphan benefit?

The person who raises the child receives the benefit.

As a child, you receive the benefit yourself if you are 16 or older and live alone.

How can you apply for the orphan benefit?

Death in Belgium – You should inform us of this yourself. The necessary information is also sent to us automatically by the Crossroad Bank for Enterprises, but this may take some time. If you do not live in Belgium or information is missing, we send you an application for orphan benefit to complete.

Death abroad – For deaths abroad, we only require a death certificate. If your child was born abroad and did not live in Belgium before the death, you should also submit your child’s birth certificate. This will allow us to determine whether the child is related to the deceased parent.

How much does the orphan benefit amount to?

The orphan benefit amounts to €353.76*, and can be increased with the age allowance and/or disability allowance.

Children for whom you receive orphan benefit are not taken into account when determining the status of other children for a higher amount.

*This amount only applies in Flanders. The orphan benefit amounts to €360.83 in the Walloon Region, Brussels-Capital Region and the German-speaking Community.

When do you receive the orphan benefit?

We pay the orphan benefit as from the month after the death.

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