Since July 2017, the State started to pay family allowance for families with many children
For example, since the 1st of July, a family with 3 children will receive 500 Euros per month for two benefits combined and a family with 7 children, respectively 1000 Euros per month.
According to the advisor of the Benefits Unit of the Social Insurance Board, Merlin Loorits, a new application is not required in order to receive the allowance for families with many children. „The allowance will be automatically added to benefits already paid to the families,“ Loorits commented and added that there are around 18,000 families who will automatically receive the allowance on July 7th.
The aim of the family allowance is the partial coverage of child-raising costs; it will be paid to the parent raising the child full-time. „For example, in a family where there are 2 children from current marriage and the spouse has 1 child from their previous partnership, the parent receiving child allowance will also be the one to automatically receive the allowance for families with many children,“ Loorits explained.
An exception is a situation where the child spends equal time in both families after the separation of their parents. In such case, the parents will agree upon in which family's structure the child officially belongs to.
One parent, guardian or caregiver who is raising three or more children receiving child allowance has the right to receive the allowance for families with many children. The benefit will be paid until the child turns 16 or, if the child is studying, until the child reaches the age of 19.
Additional information about the allowance for families with many children can be found on the homepage of the Social Insurance Board at: sotsiaalkindlustusamet.ee/et/lasterikka-pere-toetus-korduma-kippuvad-kusimused.
Merlin Loorits, advisor of the Benefits Unit of the Social Insurance Board, 640 8182
Kaili Uusmaa, communications manager of the Social Insurance Board, 508 7370