Parents of children born after 01/01/2007 can receive parental allowance. Parental allowance is an income replacement, lasting for the first 12-14 months of a child’s life, offering families some breathing space for a good start to family life.

According to § 1 Par. 1 of the Federal Parental Leave and Benefits Act (Bundeselterngeld und Elternzeitgesetz BEEG), those eligible for parental allowance are:

  • residents of Germany,
  • living in the same home as their child,
  • the principle caretakers and guardians of the child,
  • is not employed (full-time).

The amount of parental allowance depends on the current average monthly income the parent in question earned the year before the birth. The allowance will amount to at least €300, up to a maximum of €1,800. The parental allowance granted in cases of multiple births is increased to €300 for each additional child.

The minimum parental allowance is granted to anyone who looks after their newborn child themselves and works up to 30 hours a week, such as students, housekeepers, and also parents who do not work as they are caring for another older child.

Parental allowance counts as income when applying for unemployment benefits (Arbeitslosengeld II), social assistance, or a child benefit supplement. Allowance is not granted for couples who had a gross joint income of more than €500,000 in the calendar year prior to birth. For single parents, this applies to annual incomes greater than €250,000.

Application in accordance with § 7 BEEG:

  • the application must be submitted on time and in writing to the correct parental allowance office,
  • the following documents are required:
    • a copy of the parents’ I.D.
    • the child’s birth certificate
    • proof of income prior to birth
    • health insurance record of maternal allowance
    • letter from employer outlining granted parental leave

Offices responsible for the applications:

Social Security Office (Versorgungsamt) in Frankfurt
60439 Frankfurt/Main, Walter-Möller-Platz 1
Tel.: 069/15 67 - 1 (Head Office)
Office A – K 069/ 1567 – 470
Office L – Z 069/ 1567 – 471
Fax: 069/15 67 491