Care allowance for children with special needs
If you have a child with disability, you can receive child carer’s allowance. The allowance is based on the care and supervision your child needs beyond what is standard for a child of the same age without disability.
Am I eligible for child carer’s allowance?
You can receive child carer’s allowance if
- your child has a disability. A disability can be congenital or the result of an illness, injury, or the like.
- you give the child care and supervision as a result of the disability for at least six months.
- you are the child’s parent or can be equated with the child’s parent.
- you and your child are insured in Sweden. If you live here, you are. However, there are some exceptions to this rule.
What is considered care and supervision?
Care can refer to direct care efforts you provide for your child, as well as other assistance such as
- special training
- practical help in day-to-day life, such as getting dressed and undressed, hygiene, homework, clothing care and help with meals
- establishing routines and structure
- getting your child active and motivated
- special diet, moisturising or other self-care
Supervision is the presence of an adult that your child needs, for example, so that they do not run away, come up with dangerous things to do, or suffer or cause an accident. Supervision does not necessarily mean that you have to actively prevent situations that are hazardous for the child. It can also be e.g. being available in case something happens while the child is at school.
How much do I get?
You can receive child carer’s allowance at one of four levels. Försäkringskassan assesses your child’s total need for care and supervision after interviewing you. If you have multiple children with disability, you can receive maximum one full child carer’s allowance per child. Child carer’s allowance is taxed.
The amounts are adjusted at the start of each year. For 2019 they are:
- SEK 2,422 per month (one-fourth)
- SEK 4,844 per month (one-half)
- SEK 7,266 per month (three-fourths)
- SEK 9,688 per month (full)
Two parents can receive child carer’s allowance
You and the child’s other parent can receive child carer’s allowance for the same child. In such case, you share the allowance. Försäkringskassan assesses the child’s total need for care and supervision, and you can choose how the allowance is divided between you. If you do not make a choice, you will receive half each. If you cannot reach an agreement, Försäkringskassan will make a division in units of one-fourth based on where the child lives and spends their time.
Under the Parental Leave Act, you have the right to shorten your working hours by up to 25 per cent if you or the other parent is receiving child carer’s allowance for the child. This applies even after the child has reached the age of eight or completed their first year of school. Bear in mind that reducing your working hours could lead to lower income, which could affect your sickness benefit qualifying income (SGI).
How do I apply?
1. Apply on My pages (Mina sidor)
Apply for child carer’s allowance on My pages (Mina sidor). You use the same application to change how much of the child carer’s allowance goes to you and how much of it goes to the other parent.
If there are two of you applying jointly, you each need to fill in an application via My pages (Mina sidor) and enter the other parent’s personal identity number in the “Other” (Övrigt) field. This way, our administrative officers can see that you have applied jointly.
2. Send in a doctor's statement
After completing your application, send in a doctor's statement describing your child’s disability to Försäkringskassans inläsningscentral, 839 88 Östersund.
3. We contact you
Once we have received your application, an administrative officer will schedule a time for a call, where we will interview you about your child’s need for care and supervision as a result of their disability. The administrative officer will then assess whether the circumstances entitle you to child carer’s allowance and, if so, at what level.
If you indicated that you need an interpreter, the administrative officer will make sure one participates in the phone call.
4. You will receive a decision
Unfortunately, we currently have long processing times, an average of eight months. You will not miss out on any money because of our processing times. If you are entitled to compensation, you will receive the money in arrears once we have made a decision on your case. If you have previously received care allowance that has ceased in connection with a follow-up, we will prioritize your case.
If you are granted child carer’s allowance, you will receive a decision about what amount you will receive per month. The decision can either have a specific time limit, or apply until June of the year that the child turns 19.
Child carer’s allowance is paid out on the 18th or 19th of every month.
- If the disbursement date is a Saturday, your money will be paid out on Friday.
- If the disbursement date is a Sunday, your money will be paid out on Monday.
- Disbursement normally scheduled for 19 April is paid out on 18 April 2019.
6. Notify us if anything changes
Call your case administrator if, for example,
- your child's disability changes
- your child's need for care and supervision changes
- the attendance allowance for the child increases or decreases
- support from your municipality or county increases or decreases
Report the change as soon as possible, but no later than 14 days after you learned about the change. Otherwise, you may be required to pay back the money.
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