In what situation can I claim?
You are entitled to one-time cash assistance for a new-born if you are an employed or self-employed parent, a parent receiving other income, or a farmer outside the profit or income tax system. You are also entitled if you are an unemployed parent.
If you have adopted a child, you may also receive one-time cash assistance for a new-born child, but only if that assistance has not been previously paid for another beneficiary.
What conditions do I need to meet?
If you are an employed or self-employed parent, an adoptive parent, a parent earning other income, or a farmer outside of the profit and income tax system, you must have Croatian citizenship and have resided in Croatia for at least 12 uninterrupted months on the date of birth of the child. A foreign parent must have at least 12 months of permanent residence in Croatia.
To receive one-time cash assistance for a new-born, you must have health insurance under the regulations on mandatory health insurance (see the topic Health).
If you are a parent outside of the labour system, you may receive cash assistance provided you are a Croatian national with a permanent residence or a foreign national who has resided in Croatia for at least 5 uninterrupted years.
The child for whom support is being claimed needs to be registered in the register of births (See Jargon busters), must be registered as a member of the household and have health insurance under the regulations on mandatory health insurance.
What am I entitled to and how can I claim?
One-time cash assistance for a new-born
The amount of the one-time cash grant for a new-born is 70% of the calculation base, i.e. HRK 2,328.20 (EUR 310.00).
You claim one-time cash assistance through the regional offices of the Croatian Health Insurance Fund (HZZO). You can claim within a period of 6 months of the date of the child's birth.
An adoptive parent may claim the assistance within 30 days of the date of adoption of the child.
- The register of births is a database in which all births in Croatia are registered, as well as all new-born Croatian nationals abroad.
- The calculation base is the base for calculating assistance, benefits and severance pay in 2015, and stands at HRK 3,326.00 (EUR 443.00).
- Permanent residence is the place and address in Croatia at which a person is permanently settled for the purpose of exercising their rights and obligations related to life interests, such as family, professional, economic, social, cultural and other interests.
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Who do you need to contact?
Croatian Health Insurance Fund
Tel. +385 8007979
Ministry for Demography, Family, Youth and Social Policy
Trg NevenkeTopalusic 1
Tel. +385 15557111