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Assistance to pregnant women and families raising children

The Law on Benefits for Children

Assistance to pregnant women and families raising children:

  • A pregnant unemployed woman, who under the Law on Sickness and Maternity Social Insurance is not entitled to receive the maternity benefit, is granted a lump-sum benefit for a pregnant woman of 6.43 Basic Social Benefit (BSB) ( from 1 January 2024 - EUR 353,65) 70 calendar days before the delivery.
  • Every child born receives a a lump-sum child benefit of 11 BSB (from 1 January 2024 - EUR 605).

  • Every adopted child, irrespective of the payment of the benefit for the child born, receives a a lump-sum child benefit of 11 BSB (from 1 January 2024 - EUR 605).
  • Child benefit:
  1. Every child from birth to 18 years of age (to 23 years of age, if person studies according to general education curriculum) receives a monthly benefit of 1.75 BSB (from 1 January 2024 - EUR 96.25)

  2. Additionally paid child benefit:   

Child benefit amounting to 1.03 BSB (from 1 January 2024 - EUR 56.65) shall be paid:

- to children from birth to 18 years of age (to 23 years age if person studies according to general education curriculum), if the family is raising one or two children and the average family’s income per person per month does not exceed 2 amounts of SSI (from 1 January 2024 - EUR 352);

- to children from birth to 18 years of age (to 23 years age if person studies according to general education curriculum), if the family is raising three and more children (without regard to family income);

- to desibled children from birth to 18 years of age (to 23 years age if person studies according to general education curriculum) without regard to family income.

  • Child care benefit for persons in training or education

One of the child’s parents (or the only parent), adoptive parents, or a guardian who raises a child shall be entitled to a monthly benefit in the amount of 6 basic social benefits (from 1 January 2024 - EUR 330) during the period of training or studies and for 12 months after completion of training or studies, if the person studies (studied) according to the formal vocational training programme or is (was) a full-time student at a higher education institution or is (was) a doctoral or medical residency student (including the period of academic leave due to pregnancy), and if the person is not entitled to a child care benefit in accordance with the Republic of Lithuania Law on Sickness and Maternity Social Insurance.

This benefit is paid during the period of child care from the date of birth of the child until two year of age.

The child care benefit shall not be granted to persons in training or education, if the other parent (adoptive parent) or guardian of the child has been granted a child care benefit for the same child in accordance with the Republic of Lithuania Law on Sickness and Maternity Social Insurance.

  • Benefit for multiple births

When two or more children are born, one of the parents (or the only parent) shall be granted a benefit for multiple births.

If two children are born at a time, a monthly benefit amounts to 4 basic social benefits (from 1 January 2024 - EUR 220). If more than two children are born at a time, the amount of benefit is increased by 4 basic social benefits (from 1 January 2024 - EUR 220) respectively.

This benefit s paid from the moment of birth of children until they reach the age of two years.

  • Child adoption allowance

In case of the adoption of a child, one of the adoptive parents, following 24 months from the day of the court’s final decision on adoption (or, in urgent cases, from the execution date of the court decision), is entitled to a monthly allowance equal to 8 basic social benefits (from 1 January 2024 - EUR 440)  which is paid until the child turns 18 years of age, except in cases when under the Law on Sickness and Maternity Social Insurance of the Republic of Lithuania the adoptive parents are granted a child maintenance allowance the amount of which is no less than a child adoption allowance.

If the amount of a child maintenance allowance paid in accordance with the Law on Sickness and Maternity Social Insurance of the Republic of Lithuania is less than a child adoption allowance, the amount of the child adoption allowance is calculated as the difference between the child adoption allowance and the child maintenance allowance.

A child adoption allowance is not paid when one of the child’s adoptive parents is granted a child maintenance allowance paid to the same adopted child under the Law on Sickness and Maternity Social Insurance of the Republic of Lithuania.

A child adoption allowance is not paid if a child is adopted by a new spouse or partner of the child’s parent. A child adoption allowance is granted and paid from the day on which an individual is entitled to the allowance but no more than for 12 pervious months following the submission of all documents for entitlement to the allowance to the municipality’s administration.

  • Each child of a Serviceman in Mandatory Primary Military Service shall be paid a monthly benefit for a child of a serviceman in mandatory initial military service in the amount of 1.5 BSB (from 1 January 2024 - EUR 82.5) during the service of his / her father

 Applications for benefits to children, children of soldiers of the compulsory military service may be filed from the day of entitlement to receive the benefit. If the family applies later, the benefit will be granted and paid from the date of entitlement to the benefit but not for more than 12 previous months from the date of submission of all documents necessary for the benefit issue.

Last updated: 17-01-2024