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Kindergeld Child Benefit: Information for parents of older children, some will have to apply again

Kindergeld child benefit: Some parents in Germany will have to apply again at the Familienkasse.

The current school year is coming to an end. Many older parents do not know what effect this will have on the further payment of Child Benefit.

Portal recalls that even if your child ends just 18 years you still have the right to Kindergeld . The allowance is still granted for those children who intend to continue education, training or apprenticeship. 

Kindergeld can also be applied for as part of federal voluntary service or similar services, as well as during a transitional phase of up to four months between two training phases. During this period, the young person does not have to register with the employment agency as unemployed.

Payment of Kindergeld Child Benefit ends when the child reaches the age of 18. If your 18th birthday falls on the first day of the month, your unemployment benefit will expire on the last day of the preceding month. If your child is still attending school, training or studying, you must submit a new application for the benefit.

Kindergeld for adult children who are apprentices, study, work placements or volunteer work is available up to the age of 25.

Kindergeld Child Benefit  in 2021

Kindergeld  is a monthly payment for  each child . In 2021, the rates are as follows:
EUR 219  for the first and second child
EUR 225  for the third child
EUR 250  for each additional child.

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Child benefit: up to what age is it paid?

Kindergeld benefit is in principle:
– for all children up to the age of 18
– for children up to 25 years of age
– for unemployed children up to 21

Documents needed to apply for adult child benefit:

– if the child is still studying, a certificate from the school or university should be submitted
– if the child is learning the profession, a certificate from the workplace is required stating the type of education and its duration
– if the child has a break from education due to the fact that for vocational training, a document should be submitted stating that the child applied for admission but received a negative answer

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– for children engaged in a year of social or environmental volunteering, European Voluntary Service or Federal Voluntary Service, a certificate of volunteering must be provided.
– in the case of disabled children, the following should be submitted: a disability card or other official disability certificate indicating the impact of the disability on the child’s ability to perform paid work.

Where to submit the application

The application for a Kindergeld must be submitted to the Family Benefits Office (Familienkasse) responsible for the place of residence. The application forms are available at .

More information on the conditions for receiving the Kindergeld adult child benefit can be found here

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