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Child benefit for children born before 2020

For Walloon children born before 2020, the old child benefit system will continue to apply. As long as they are entitled to child benefit, they will continue to receive the old amounts.
  • Have you moved from abroad and do you have children born before 1 January 2020? Then you are entitled to the old amounts in Wallonia.
  • Children born before 2019, who after an interruption are entitled to child benefit again or who become an orphan after 1 January 2020 will keep their amounts from the old system.
  • New:

  • Since 2019, the rules for granting social supplements under the new system apply. These also apply to all low-income families, and not only in the event of unemployment, disability or single-parent families. This might entitle you to a supplement, whereas before 2019 this was not the case.
  • Students born after 01/01/2001 automatically retain their entitlement to child benefit up to the age of 21 years without justification, through for example a school certificate.
  • The orphan's supplement is granted even if the surviving parent is cohabiting.
All you need to know about your child benefit

The old Walloon child benefit system in figures:

If you have children that were born before the 1st  of January 2020, then they are still entitled to the amounts of the old system. But what does the total amount of your child benefit consist of?
A few standard amounts
  • A fixed basic amount of €114,49, €211,85, €316,31 (depending if it’s a first, second, third or later child) or the amount for orphans of €439,84.
  • From the age of 6 an age supplement which increases by the ages of 12 and 18.
Some supplementary amounts subject to a few conditions.
  • A possible social supplement based solely on your family income
  • A possible social supplement for single parents who raise their children on their own.
  • A possible social supplement that can be granted when at least one of the parents has been ill for a long period of time.
  • A possible care supplement. For example the care supplement for children who have a chronic (mental or physical) medical condition but also a supplement biological parents can receive when their child is in foster care.

Indexation?

The amounts of the Walloon child benefits are linked to the Belgian health index. When the health index is exceeded, the social benefits rise accordingly. This means that the amounts of the Walloon child benefits follow the increase. This index was last exceeded in October 2023. The amounts mentioned here are therefore the amounts paid since November 2023 (paid beginning of December 2023).

The law stipulates that your child benefit must be on your account at the latest on the 8th calendar day of the following month. Would you like to know the exact dates? Take a look at our page with payment dates.



Check out the payment dates
Basic amount
1st child
€114,49
2nd child
€211,85
3rd child and next
€316,31
if orphan of one* or both parents
€439,84
* if the surviving parent does not cohabit again (this is only a condition for children who became orphans before 01/01/2019)
Age supplement
1st child (if no increased child benefit)
from the age of 6from the age of 12from the age of 18
€19,95€30,37€35,01
all other children
from the age of 6from the age of 12from the age of 18
€39,78
€60,78
€77,28
Social supplement
Is linked to the basic amount granted per child
Social supplement for families with income ≤ € 31.814,37/year in 2021 or BIM status for entitlement from 1 July 2023 to 30 June 2024
SituationAmount
1st child+ €58,28
2nd child+ €36,13
3rd child and next+ €6,34
Social supplement for families with income ≤ € 31.814,37/year in 2021 or BIM status for entitlement from 1 July 2023 to 30 June 2024
SituationAmount
1st child+ €125,40
2nd child+ €36,13
3rd child and next+ €6,34
Social supplement for families with income ≤ € 31.814,37/year in 2021 or BIM status for entitlement from 1 July 2023 to 30 June 2024
SituationAmount
1st child+ €58,28
2nd child+ €36,13
3rd child and next+ €29,13
Social supplement for disabled person in the household
+ €77,68
Care supplement
foster child
+ €76,82
child with disorder/disabilities:
POINTSAMOUNT
4 to 5 points (at least 4 points in pillar 1) 
€100,40
6 to 8 points (less than 4 points in pillar 1)
€133,72
6 to 8 points (at least 4 points in pillar 1) 
€515,09
9 to 11 points (less than 4 points in pillar 1)
€312,04
9 to 11 points (at least 4 points in pillar 1) 
€515,09
12 to 14 points
€515,09
15 to 17 points
€585,69
18 to 20 points
€627,53
more than 20 points
€669,36
Annual schooling premium
children 0-5 years
SituationAmount
child without supplement+ €25,37
child with supplement+ €35,01
children 6 -11 years
SituationAmount
child without supplement+ €54,54
child with supplement+ €74,30
children 12 - 17 years
SituationAmount
child without supplement+ €76,06
child with supplement+ €104,02
children 18 - 24 years
SituationAmount
child without supplement+ €101,46
child with supplement+ €140,03