This section contains up-to-date information on guardianship benefit, monthly objective addition of guardianship benefit, lump sum child benefit, child benefit, lump sum settlement benefit, benefit for a child of a serviceman in mandatory primary military service, a lump sum benefit for a pregnant women, child care benefit for those in training or education, benefit for multiple births, procedures for calculating and the awarding of these payments.
Law of the Republic of Lithuania on Benefits to Children of 3 November 1994 (No. I-621).
In what situation can I claim?
You can receive these benefits, based on the following definitions:
- Guardianship benefit (Globos (rūpybos) išmoka) is payable for each child cared for in a family, social family or childcare institution;
- A monthly objective addition of guardianship benefit (globos (rūpybos) išmokos tikslinis priedas) is payable for each child placed under guardianship in a family or social family;
- Lump sum child benefit (vienkartinė išmoka vaikui) is payable for each new born child. A lump-sum benefit is payable for an adopted child as well, irrespective of whether a benefit for a new-born child has already been paid;
- Child benefit (išmoka vaikui) is payable for each child up to 18 years raised or placed under guardianship in a family according to family income if there are one or two children and regardless of family income if there are three or more children. The amount of benefit depends on the age of the child;
- Lump sum settlement benefit (vienkartinė išmoka įsikurti) is granted to those who have been placed under guardianship (curatorship), upon termination of the guardianship of the child because of them reaching the age of majority or getting married;
- a monthly benefit is payable for each child of a serviceman on compulsory primary military service (išmoka privalomosios pradinės karo tarnybos kario vaikui);
- Lump sum benefit for women who are pregnant (vienkartinė išmoka nėščiai moteriai) is payable if the woman is not eligible for maternity allowance under the Law on Sickness and Maternity Social Insurance;
- Child care benefit for those in training or education (Išmoka besimokančio ar studijuojančio asmens vaiko priežiūrai) is payable if the person is not eligible for a childcare benefit under the Law on Sickness and Maternity Social Insurance;
- Benefit for multiple births (Išmoka gimus vienu metu daugiau kaip vienam vaikui) is payable when two or more children are born.
- Child adoption allowance (išmoka įvaikinus vaiką).
What conditions do I need to meet?
You may claim these benefits if:
- you are a permanent resident in the Republic of Lithuania;
- you are a foreign national residing in the Republic of Lithuania legally appointed as a guardian of a child (who is a Lithuanian citizen);
- children residing in Lithuanian with foreign nationality and whose guardianship according to law has been assumed by a competent authority in the country;
- when being granted child benefit you are a foreign national with a temporary residence permit enabling you to work in Lithuania in a highly-qualified position, as defined in the relevant legislation;
- when being granted child benefit you are foreign national with a temporary permit to reside and work in Lithuania and you are in employment or have been employed for a minimum period of six months and you are registered as unemployed, except if you are foreign national who has been admitted for study purposes;
- when being granted lump sum child benefit and child benefit and lump sum benefit for a pregnant woman, you are a citizen of an EU Member State or an EEA country or a family member who has the right of residence. The additional requirement for family members is that they have been living in Lithuania for three months or more. This requirement is not applied for citizens (workers) of a Member State of the European Union or a Member State of the European Free Trade Association in the European Economic Area or their family members;
- you come into the category of someone who, under EU social security system regulations, qualifies for child benefits;
- you are a foreign citizen who is granted asylum in the Republic of Lithuania.
What am I entitled to and how can I claim?
Lump sum benefit for a pregnant woman:
A pregnant woman who is not entitled to maternity allowance under the Law on Sickness and Maternity Social Insurance is entitled to a lump sum benefit of twice the amount of the basic social benefit (EUR 76).
Each new-born or adopted child, irrespective of whether a new born child benefit has already been paid, is entitled to a lump sum child benefit payment of 11 times the basic social benefit (EUR 418).
Lump sum child benefit is payable to one or other of the child's parents, single parent, adoptive parents or guardian.
Benefit for multiple births:
In the event of multiple births, a specific benefit is payable. In the case of twins, the monthly amount is four times the basic social benefit (EUR 152) and the same amount is paid for each additional child born.
This benefit is paid from birth up until the age of two.
Child benefit is payable as follows:
For every child from birth to the age of 18 years and up to 21 if studying under the general curriculum regardless of family income. The child benefit amounts to 1.32 BSB (EUR 50.16) and 1.84 BSB (EUR 69.92) for disabled children.
Low-income families raising and/or fostering one or more children and whose income per person is less than 1.5 times the State supported income (EUR 183) are entitled to 0.53 of the monthly basic social benefit (EUR 20,14) for every child. There is no income limit if there are three or more children in the family. Child care benefit for those in training or education:
- A parent or guardian of a child is entitled to a monthly benefit equivalent to six times the basic social benefit (EUR 228) during a period of training or studies and for 12 months after the period is over. This includes formal vocational training or higher education up until the age of 26 or a PhD or medical course up until the age of 30 (including any period of leave because of pregnancy). This benefit is paid if the person is not eligible for a child care benefit under the Law on Sickness and Maternity Social Insurance.
- This benefit is paid during the period of childcare from birth until the child is one year old.
Guardianship benefit and guardianship benefit for specific needs:
- For each child in care in a family, social family, social care institution or foster centre there is a monthly payment of four times the basic social benefit (EUR 152) for as long as the child remains in care. Where an orphan's allowance and/or periodic maintenance benefit, the guardianship benefit amounts to the difference between 4 times the basic social benefit and the orphan's allowance.
- Someone reaching the end of a period of guardianship (curatorship) or the age of majority or gets married continues to be entitled to a monthly payment of 4 times the basic social benefit (EUR 152) provided that they continue to pursue a general education or vocational training programme or a sequential programme of full-time study at a higher education institute, as well as in the event of the death of both parents up until the age of 24. This payment is not payable to those admitted more than twice to the same educational establishment or to the same category.
- If a child in care is following a programme of general education and/or formal training and receives maintenance (free accommodation and food) in a boarding school or a children's social centre, they are entitled to a monthly allowance of twice the basic social benefit (EUR 76).
- For each child placed under guardianship in a family a monthly addition of guardianship benefit is payable, amounting to 4 times the basic social benefit (EUR 152) per family.
- For each child placed under guardianship in a social family or foster centre a monthly addition of guardianship benefit is payable, amounting to 4 times the basic social benefit (EUR 152) for ensuring social family activities and foster centre duties.
When a guardianship comes to an end, a lump sum settlement benefit of 75 times the basic social benefit (EUR 2,850) is payable. The benefit is payable to those who have submitted a request for receipt up until their 25th birthday.
Apart from guardianship benefit, benefits are payable by the local municipal council in the area where a person lives.
Guardianship benefits and addition of guardianship benefits for a child's guardian (curator) are paid by the local government authority under whose protection the child was placed or, after 1 January 2007, the administration of the children's social care centre designated by the leader of the local authority.
Guardianship benefits for those who have reached the age of majority and who are studying in public schools, vocational schools and higher education establishments are paid by the administration of the local authority in the area where the educational institution is located. If someone who is officially resident in Lithuania is studying in a general education, vocational or higher education establishment abroad, a guardianship benefit is paid to them by the local municipal council in the area where they have declared residence.
Each child of a serviceman or woman in compulsory primary military service is entitled to a benefit of 1.5 times the basic social benefit a month (EUR 57).
Child adoption allowance (since 1 January 2018)
In the case of adoption of a child, one of the adoptive parents is entitled to a monthly allowance equal to 8 BSB (EUR 304) which is paid until the child turns 18 except in cases where the parents are entitled to a child care benefit equal to or above the Child adoption allowance.
If the amount of the Child care benefit is less than the Child adoption allowance, the latter is calculated as the difference between the two benefits.
The Child adoption allowance is not paid when:
- one of the child’s adoptive parents is entitled to child care benefit paid to the same adopted child under the Law on Sickness and Maternity Social Insurance of the Republic of Lithuania;
- a child is adopted by a new spouse or partner of the child’s parent.
The child adoption allowance is granted and paid from the day on which an individual is entitled to the allowance but for no more than 12 months before the submission of all documents for entitlement to the allowance to the municipality’s administration.
- Basic Social Benefit (BSB) (bazinė socialinė išmoka (BSI)) – monthly amount of benefit set by the Government - (EUR 38);
- Age of majority - the attainment of legal responsibility for their own actions by those reaching the age of 18;
- Guardian of a child means a natural or legal person who, in accordance with the procedure laid down by law, has been entrusted with supervision, upbringing, protection of rights and interests and representation of a child deprived of parental care.
Forms you may need to fill in
You will need the following documents (choose those which apply to your specific situation):
- application form;
- proof of identity;
- proof of guardianship and letter of appointment as guardian;
- family, social family, private child care home, state or local authority children's home centre registration document;
- a court decision on the awarding of child maintenance, where maintenance was awarded;
- a statement from a company, institution or organisation that maintenance is deducted from wages or salary;
- a statement from the administration of the Children's Support Fund when a child receives benefit from the Fund;
- money orders when child benefit is received by post;
- certificate of schooling when a child (person) is accommodated in secondary school or vocational training establishment boarding house;
- a school certificate where a person aged 18 or over is in education;
- a bank current account;
- other documents presented according to the circumstances.
Applicants do not need to submit the above documents if a municipal authority receives data from the state and departmental registers and state information systems.
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Who do you need to contact?
Information is supplied by the social support departments of local authorities. Most local authorities have an internet address - [name].lt (e.g. vilnius.lt).