Applying for child benefit

If you are living or working in the Netherlands and have children under the age of 18, you may be eligible to receive child benefit. Child benefit is a contribution towards the costs of bringing up and looking after your child/children.

Last updated on 26 January 2021

Who receives child benefit

You receive child benefit for raising and caring for your biological children and for, for example, adopted children or foster children. Please consult the website of the Sociale Verzekeringsbank (SVB) to check if you are eligible for child benefit.

Applying for child benefit

Please contact the SVB to apply for child benefit. If you are already receiving child benefit and your second or next child is born in the Netherlands, you don’t have to do anything. The SVB will automatically adjust the amount of child benefit for you.

Laws and regulations (in Dutch)

General law on family allowances

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