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Applying for monthly benefits for the maintenance of foster children

In order to ensure the necessary maintenance of foster children, ongoing benefits are granted in the form of lump sums for the costs of material expenses as well as for care and upbringing.

The lump sums for the costs of material expenses are age-graded and cover the entire, regularly recurring living expenses of a foster child. The lump sums for care and upbringing are independent of age.

Process flow

Caregivers can apply for the monthly lump sums themselves if they have a declaration of assignment from the guardians of the foster child.

The local youth welfare office or the foster child service can advise you. If necessary, you can also apply for a one-off allowance or grant.

Who should I contact?

The local youth welfare office


You have a permit for full-time care in accordance with § 44 SGB VIII and are in a full-time care relationship.

Which documents are required?


What are the fees?

There are no costs.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

There is no deadline.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Social Affairs, Labour, Health and Equality


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)