Government Support

At a glance

Here is an overview of the most common forms of government support provided to families.

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Germany is working hard to become a more child-friendly country. Here is an overview of the most common forms of government support provided to families. Since there are usually some formalities involved, please get in touch with your personal support to find out more. Also, there are a number of other benefits available under certain circumstances. Ask around.

Benefits for families with children

Child benefit (Kindergeld) and child tax deduction (Kinderfreibetrag)

Benefit              Monthly cash payment, approximately 200 EUR per child or tax benefit, if that would be worth more.

Available to       Citizens of EU, European Economic Area or Switzerland. Nationals of other countries must meet further requirements.

Where to Apply  Your employer or the Family Benefits Office (Familienkasse) at the Federal Unemployment Office (Agentur für Arbeit).

Resources         Bundesagentur für Arbeit - Child benefit

EURAXESS - Benefits for families

Child supplement (Kinderzuschlag)

Benefit Monthly cash bonus on top of child benefit, approximately 170 EUR per child

Available to Low income families who are citizens of EU, European Economic Area or Switzerland, persons incontestably recognized as entitled to asylum

Where to Apply Your employer or the Agentur für Arbeit

Resources Bundesagentur für Arbeit - Child allowance

State family pass (Landesfamilienpass)

Benefit Free or reduced rate entry into cultural sites (castles, zoos, museums, etc) in the state of Baden-Württemberg

Available to Families with 3 or more children or other specific circumstances

Where to Apply City hall (Bürgerbüro), Please note that you need to apply in person; online or written applications are not possible.

Resources Ministerium für Soziales und Integration Baden-Wuerttemberg (German only)

Regional bonus card for children(KreisbonusCard-Junior)

Benefit Free or reduced rates for sports, music lessons, language courses, leisure activities for children

Available to Low income families, which receive financial support such as Wohngeld

Where to apply City hall (Bürgerbüro) or the regional government office (Landratsamt)

Resources Landratsamt Landkreis Tübingen (German only)

Pregnancy and new parents

Maternity subsidy (Mutterschaftsgeld)

Benefit max. 13 EUR per day for at least 14 weeks, six weeks of which are before and eight weeks after confinement

Available to All regularly employed mothers-to-be

Where to Apply Your statutory health insurance or 'Bundesversicherungsamt'

Resources Federal Ministry of Family Affairs (German only)

Parental allowance (Elterngeld and ElterngeldPlus)

Benefit Allowance ranging from 300 EUR to 1.800 EUR during the first 14 months of the child's life

Available to Parents with small children who are not working or only working part-time in order to focus on raising their children. Several different scenarios are possible and different rules apply to each. Applies to citizens of EU, European Economic Area or Switzerland and some other countries and everyone who has a residence permit that allows you to work in Germany.

Where to Apply https://www.elterngeld-digital.de/ams/Elterngeld

Resources Website "Make it in Germany"

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