Benefits for families
Tax-paying residents of Germany who have children are entitled to certain benefits for families, including a child allowance, or Kindergeld, from the German federal government. Child allowance is paid until the children turn 18, although it can continue until they are 25 if still in school or further education. The child allowance amounts to 164 euros per month for each of the first two children, 170 euros for the third child, and 195 euros for each subsequent child. Applications must be made at the local labor office (Arbeitsamt).
EURAXESS has compiled information and a number of important links on child allowance.
Parents of children born as of 1 January 2007 are also entitled to a parental allowance, or Elterngeld, to compensate for the loss of income during the first 12 or 14 months after the birth of the baby. More information on eligibility and how to apply for a parental allowance can be found on the EURAXESS website.