Family and Children

Familie macht ein Selfie

Berlin creates spaces in which families and young people can feel comfortable. Our city offers funding and support – even in difficult life situations.

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Whether a day care centre or child day care - you need a day care ("Kita") voucher from the youth welfare office for both. Our database will help you find a facility. Attendance is free of charge during the three years before school starts. More information

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Day care ("Kita") voucher

The first step to finding a place in a day care centre is to apply for a day care ("Kita") voucher at the youth welfare office in your residential district. You can create a short one-page online application, which you then sign and send to your youth welfare office. More information

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Quality in Day Care

The quality of early childhood education, child-raising and care is of decisive importance for the further life journeys of children and thus influences the future viability of our society. As places of early childhood education, day care facilities have a special role and responsibility. More information

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Financial Services

Financial services provided by the state are intended to compensate for disadvantages and to value parents’ role in raising children. Find out more about parental allowance and parental leave, child allowance and advance maintenance. More information

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Educational Package

The educational package is available so that children and young people from low-income families can also take part in activities anywhere. More information

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Child-raising Assistance

Everyday problems and conflicts can occur in families. Child-raising assistance is a benefit according to the German Social Code to which parents have an individual legal right if the assistance is suitable and necessary for the young people. More information

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Parental allowance and parental leave

Parental allowance and parental leave – these benefits give parents more options to organise the care of their small children. The legal right to part-time work gives fathers in particular the opportunity to participate in raising children. This significantly improves the compatibility of family and work. More information

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Child Benefit

The child benefit is paid to the person in whose care the child is situated. If the child lives with both parents, they can determine which of them should receive the child benefit. More information

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Maintenance Advance

No child should have to suffer financial hardship. In the case of single parents, the maintenance advance fund helps out if the other parent does not or cannot provide sufficient support for the child. In this case, your child will be paid an advance by the state. More information

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Child Supplement

The child supplement is granted for six months and begins in the month in which the application is submitted. As a rule, the child supplement is paid to the parent who also receives the child benefit. More information

Hände halten Scherenschnitt einer Familie

Parenting and Family Counselling

Parenting and family counselling is a free programme for parents, guardians and couples as well as children and young people. The counselling can be taken advantage of directly and can also be conducted anonymously on request. More information

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Child Protection

Parents have the right and the obligation to care for their child. If they fail to do so, community and especially government agencies must protect children and young people against neglect and abuse. More information

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Support Programmes for Families

Berlin has a wide range of programmes to fund and support families. A major concern for the city is primarily early and needs-based support for families as well as for expectant mothers and fathers. More information

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Early Assistance

Early assistance is aimed at all families who feel that they are overwhelmed in their current situation and want help and support. The early assistance programmes are preventative and voluntary. Families can take advantage of them without any bureaucratic red tape. More information

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Sect Information Berlin

Sect Information Berlin is a counselling centre on so-called sects and conflict-ridden programmes and was originally set up as a "coordination centre for sect issues". More information