Where is it?
What is it?
Family allowances are financial aid that parents receive each month from the birth of their second child.
This aid is used to support parents in the education of their children, present on French territory, up to the age of 20 (for expenses related to school, clothing, food, leisure, etc.).
Granted by the Family Benefit Agency (CAF), family allowances are paid to all parents, whether they are rich or poor.
For example, if the second child is born on January 15, the rights will be opened on February 1.
The amount of this aid depends on financial resources, the number of children and their age.
For example, for parents with low resources, this amount is: €131 for two children, €301 for three children, €470 for four children.
How to do it?
CAF automatically allocates family allowances as soon as it becomes aware of a second dependent child.
If you have RSA:
All you have to do is indicate in your application for Active Solidarity Income (RSA) your number of dependent children to benefit from it.
If you don't have RSA:
- If you are already a "beneficiary" (i.e. registered with CAF) and wish to report a change in your family composition, you can do so online on your CAF account or by post by completing Cerfa n°11423 *06.
- If you are not yet a "beneficiary", you must send your child's birth certificate or a copy of the pages of your family record book by post to the CAF, along with the change of situation form available here (Cerfa n°11423*06) .
To find out the address of the CAF closest to you where you need to send your documents, you can use this online tool (indicate your postal code).
Allowances are paid monthly
The allowances to which you are entitled for February, for example, will be paid at the beginning of March.
The amount of allowances varies according to your resources.
For example, your income for 2019 will be taken into account to determine how much will be paid to you for the year 2021. Your income must not exceed a limit which varies according to your situation.
What happens next?
If you filled in your application for child benefits (and followed your file up with the CAF) when applying for asylum, you will then receive an additional amount for this period. The amount due to you will be added to your first payment.
Speak to your social worker if you have any questions about this.
Regular allowances (paid monthly):
Childcare allowance (for expenses related to the arrival of a baby, childcare costs, etc.)
- The young child care benefit
- The family supplement
- The supplement for the free choice of childcare
- Optional supplement for free choice of childcare
Other allowances (for housing costs, a disabled or sick child, single parents, etc.)
- Housing allowance (APL)
- Education allowance for disabled children (AEEH)
- Family support allowance (ASF)
- Daily parental presence allowance (AJPP)
- Shared child-rearing benefit (PreParE)
One-off bonuses or allowances (one-off payment):
- The birth bonus and the adoption bonus
- Moving allowance (for families with at least 3 dependent children)
- The back-to-school allowance
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