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If you as parents earn enough income for yourself, but the income is not enough or only just enough for the whole family, you can apply for the child supplement.

The child supplement is a benefit for families with a low income. The child supplement supports your family if they have a low income and cannot cover the needs of the entire family or cannot cover them completely.

You are entitled to child supplement for your children under 25 if

  • Your child/children are not married or partnered and live in your household,
  • you receive child benefit for the child or are not entitled to child benefit only because you receive another government benefit that excludes child benefit,
  • you have enough income for yourself and can cover your family's needs with the child supplement,
  • Your monthly income reaches a minimum limit (the so-called minimum income limit), and,
  • your income and assets that are counted towards the child supplement are not so high that the child supplement is reduced to zero.

The maximum amount of the child supplement is EUR 209.00 per month per child. If your income is higher than your own needs, the child supplement is reduced. The income of your children is also taken into account, for example, if your children receive alimony, alimony advance or half-orphan's pension.
The child supplement is granted for 6 months at a time. After 6 months, you must submit a new application.
The following will be taken into account as income

  • Your child's/your children's own income, such as alimony, advance alimony or half-orphan's pension at 45 percent,
  • 45 percent of your parents' income from employment or self-employment that exceeds their own needs,
  • Income replacement benefits such as unemployment benefits, short-time working benefits or sickness benefits,
  • parental or state child-raising allowances,
  • pensions from social security,
  • capital and interest income,
  • income from renting and leasing, and
  • Alimony payments (spousal support).

Since January 1, 2020, you can also receive the child supplement if your earned income, child supplement and housing allowance do not leave you more than 100 euros below the SGB II entitlement.

If you receive child supplement or housing benefit, you can receive benefits for education and participation for your children. In addition, you can be exempted from the KiTa fees.

The KiZ-Lotse helps you to quickly and easily check whether you are eligible for child supplement. You can find the KiZ-Lotse on the website of the Familienkasse of the Federal Employment Agency under the navigation bar

The Family Benefits Office offers video counseling, which you can use to ask questions about the child supplement from home. You can make an appointment for video counseling by calling 0800 4555530.

  • Certificates of earnings from the employer for the last 6 months prior to application
  • Evidence of other income
  • Declaration of assets
  • Proof of housing costs
  • If necessary, further documents and proofs
  • Form: Application for child supplement
  • Online procedure possible: yes
  • Written form required: yes
  • Personal appearance required: no

Related Links

  • Antrag auf Kinderzuschlag auf der Internetseite der Familienkasse der Bundesagentur für Arbeit


In order to receive a child supplement, the following conditions must be met:

  • Your child/children are under 25 years of age, not married or partnered and live in your household.
  • You receive child benefit or a comparable benefit, for example from abroad, for your child/children.
  • You have
    • as a couple you have a joint gross income of at least EUR 900.00 per month (not including housing allowance, child benefit and child supplement) or
    • as a single parent over at least EUR 600.00 per month.
  • Your income and assets, which are counted towards the child supplement, are not so high that the child supplement is reduced to zero.
  • As a rule, you can receive the child supplement if you are able to cover the needs of the entire family within the meaning of SGB II with your income, child benefit, any housing benefit to which you may be entitled, and the child supplement.
  • Child supplement is subordinate to other possible income of the child; if necessary, there is an obligation to seek priority claims such as maintenance or maintenance advance.

Related Links

  • § 6a Bundeskindergeldgesetz (BKGG) Kinderzuschlag

Related Links

  • KiZ-Lotse auf der Internetseite des Bundesagentur für Arbeit
  • Informationen zum Kinderzuschlag auf der Internetseite des Bundesfamilienministeriums
  • Hinweise zum Kinderzuschlag im Familienportal
  • Internetauftritt der Familienkasse der Bundesagentur für Arbeit

You can apply for the child supplement online or in writing using the form provided:

  • Fill out the application online on the website of the family benefits office of the Federal Employment Agency; if necessary, you can upload the required evidence or
  • download the form online and print it out. Alternatively, you can obtain the form from your responsible family benefits office.
  • Complete the form and attach the necessary supporting documents. If you use the online application, you can upload the supporting documents right away, if necessary. They will be attached to the signed application later.
  • Submit the signed application documents to the family benefits office. You can print out the application yourself or have it printed out and sent to you. The application must still be submitted to the family benefits office by mail.
  • You will then receive the approval or the information about the rejection of your application with the reasons by mail.

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