Parental Benefits are an income subsidy limited to the first 14 months after the child’s birth.The amount is based on the after-tax income of the parent dedicated to caring for the newborn. Applications are made to the Youth Office (Jugendamt) of your local district. Both the amount of the Elterngeld as well as the specifications for eligibility are subject to (political) change. For further information refer to the following websites :
International researchers or their accompanying spouses can apply for a child benefit once they are issued a residence permit (or a settlement permit) by the Foreigners' office. EU and EFTA nationals only have to provide proof of residency in Germany to receive child benefits.
Child benefits are currently valued at 184 euros each for the first and second child, 190 euros for the third, and 215 euros for each additional child (2014). If you are employed by Freie Universität Berlin, you must apply for child benefits through your employer. Please download the information sheet and the application form here. In general applications for child benefits are filed with the Family Benefits Office (Familienkasse) of the Federal Employment Agency (Bundesagentur für Arbeit - BA). Read more
Maternity benefits are a financial service paid by the German State Health Insurance. This financial support is provided to pregnant women, 6 weeks prior and 8 weeks following delivery, a time span referred to as mandatory maternity leave (Mutterschutzfrist).
The earliest application date is 7 weeks before the expected delivery date, which is officially documented by your doctor in what is called Certificate of Expected Date of Delivery (Bescheinigung über den mutmaßlichen Tag der Entbindung). This form is then submitted to your health insurance provider.
Being based on existing employment pay the amount will vary. The maximum daily payment issued by the State Health Insurance is capped at 13 euros per day. If the net amount of salary is higher than this, the employer is obligated by federal law to pay the difference, which is known as the Arbeitgeberzuschuss.