You are entitled to the guardianship allowance if you raise a child whose parents do not fulfil their obligation to raise a child and whom the court has appointed under your guardianship.
The allowance of 240 euros is paid monthly for each child under guardianship.
The right for the allowance starts on the day when the guardianship court order comes into force. When applied for later, the allowance is paid out retrospectively, but, at the maximum, for six months preceding the application filing month.
The allowance payment period depends on the child's status in the Information System of the Estonian Ministry of Education and Science (EHIS).
- If the child does not study, we pay the allowance until the end of the calendar month when the child turns 18 years old.
- If the child who does not have secondary education is studying, we would pay the allowance until the end of the academic year in which the child turns 19 years old.
Example 1: If the child turns 19 in November 2023 and the current academic year is the last year of school for him, we will pay allowance until the end of the current academic year, i.e. until June 30, 2024.
Example 2: If the child turns 19 in November 2023 and is studying, for example, in the second year of a vocational school, we would pay the allowance until August 31, 2024, when the academic year ends.
We get the data about child's education from EHIS, and it is not necessary to prove it yourself. However, if the child is studying abroad, the guardian must submit a certificate of the child's studies to the Social Insurance Board.
How to get?
Starting from 2018, the Social Insurance Board will no longer pay guardianship allowance to families where the child has been taken into care on the basis of an agreement between the local government and the family. Only a child over whom guardianship has been appointed is entitled to guardianship allowance paid by the Social Insurance Board.
To cover the maintenance costs of a child growing up in a foster family, please contact your local government.
Last updated: 24.10.2023