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Target audience

AudienceFrench citizens, Statutory refugees, Beneficiaries of subsidiary protection, Stateless people, Beneficiaries of temporary protection


Free of charge


Be in possession of a residence permit or a receipt
Have a bank account
Be in possession of the birth certificate issued by OFPRA

Where is it?

Applying for child benefit

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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.

You are entitled to family allowances from the month following the birth of a 2nd child, a 3rd child, etc.

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.

You can estimate the amount of your family allowances by clicking here.

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:

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).

You must attach to your application a copy of your residence permit or the OFPRA or CNDA decision for beneficiaries of subsidiary protection, erasing the parts relating to the narrative


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.

The amount of your child benefits will be higher from the month following the 14th birthday of your child.

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
To find out more about these helps, you can consult the CAF website.
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