For which children can you apply for child benefit?
You can apply for child benefit for children with whom you have a family connection or a legal connection. There are some exceptions whereby you are entitled to child benefit even without a family connection.
You may be entitled to child benefit through your family connection for the following children in your family:
- Your own children
We consider children of your spouse as well as joint children to be your own children.
- Your adopted and foster children
We also take children of your spouse into account here.
- Your nieces and nephews (children of your brother or sister)
Nieces and nephews of your spouse or partner are also counted as children in your family.
- Your (great-)grandchildren
(Great-)grandchildren of your spouse or partner are also counted as children in your family.
- Your (half-)brothers or (half-)sisters
- Children of the person with whom you legally live together or form a family
- Children who are entrusted to you or your partner by the courts or the government
If none of the above situations apply to your child, you should contact our child benefit coaches.
Without a family connection, you may still be entitled to child benefit:
- For children to whom you are not related, if these children live with your family and are younger than 12.
- For children older than 12 years of age, you may be entitled to child benefit if they are blood relatives of up to the fourth degree.
- For children for whom the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment allows individual dispensation. Please contact us to apply for individual dispensation.