If a child has lost both parents

If a child has lost both parents, which includes step-parents, the child can qualify for an orphan’s benefit.

When can an orphan’s benefit be paid?

A child can only receive an orphan’s benefit if the parent who died last was insured under the Anw scheme. (People who live or work in the Netherlands are usually insured).

There are no extra conditions while the child is under 16. This changes when the child reaches the age of 16. Orphan benefit always stops when the child reaches the age of 21.