Child benefit

When can you get child benefit at twice the basic rate for a child living away from home due to illness or disability?

If your child is living away from home due to illness or disability, you can get child benefit at twice the basic rate if he or she is staying in a medical establishment and the costs are paid through:

  • the Wlz (Long-term Care Act), or
  • the Youth Act (Jeugdwet), or
  • health insurance.

You will be required to send us proof that the costs are paid through the Long-term Care Act (Wlz), the Youth Act (Jeugdwet) or health insurance, and that your child is not living at home with you. We will also take into account the costs of support of your child and his or her income.

If your child is in hospital

If your child is staying in a hospital and is away from home for less than 6 months, he or she will be considered to be living at home for the purposes of the National Child Benefit Act (AKW). You can then only get child benefit at the basic rate. However, if your child is away from home for more than 6 months, he or she will be considered to be living away from home and you can then get child benefit at twice the basic rate.