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Supplementary Child Allowance

Child supplement is paid to parents who earn enough for themselves but whose income is not or only just enough to cover all the needs of their family. Child supplement amounts to 185 euros maximum per month and per child. It is paid for each unmarried child under 25 years of age if the following conditions are met: You receive child benefit for the child concerned. Your income does not fall below a certain minimum income threshold. This minimum gross income threshold is 900 euros for couples and 600 euros for single parents.

The previous maximum income threshold was cancelled as of 1st January 2020. This means you can receive child supplement even with a slightly higher income. Additionally, as of 1st January 2020, you may also be eligible to receive child supplement if the total amount of income from gainful employment, from child supplement and housing allowance is no more than 100 euros below the entitlement threshold according to Social Code II (SGB II).

As of 1st July 2019, your children’s income, for instance child maintenance or advance maintenance payments, is only taken into account with 45 per cent to child supplement. Therefore, it is worth applying even if you are a single parent and are on a low income. In addition to child supplement you can also receive education and participation benefits, such as free communal lunch at school and child daycare facilities as well as a school supplies package of 150 euros. Moreover, recipients of child supplement or housing benefit are exempt from child daycare fees. 

Applications for child supplement are to be made in writing, to the Federal Employment Agency’s Family Benefits Office. As of the beginning of 2020 you can also fill in the application forms online. You may also check whether child supplement is an option for you by using KiZ-Lotse (guide to child supplement) of the Family Benefits Office.

Further extensive information on the individual benefits and services is also available in the Familienportal (Family Portal) of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs. Please also use the online info tool of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs. Based on only a few bits of information you can find out for which family benefits and services you are eligible.