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I want to take care of a baby (childcare benefit)

What to do?
  1. The right to receive the child care benefit is provided to one of the parents, adoptive parents or guardians. Therefore, before childbirth, it is necessary to decide which parent will take child care leave, how long it will take and how long it will be needed to receive a benefit. The employer should also be informed about his decision in advance.
  2. Apply to the employer for childcare leave not later than 14 days before the end of the pregnancy and childbirth leave. They can last until the child reaches three years of age. During this period, the employer undertakes to save your job and offer it upon your return from your leave.
  3. Contact the "Sodra" for the payment of a childcare benefit after the employer grants child care leave. An application for the payment of this benefit can be submitted to the "Sodra" online, by post or upon arrival at the office.
  4. The childcare benefit may be paid until the child reaches the age of one or two years. When applying for the childcare benefit, you must specify how long you want to receive it. If another parent who is eligible for this benefit will apply for this benefit for the same child, the payment will be determined by the first parent.
    Important! Where a person receiving a child care allowance or other parent (adoptive), guardian or grandparents applies for a child care allowance for the same child (or the same children), the choice of the duration of the allowance may, at the request of the person applying for the child’s care, be converted only after the amount of payment has been paid back to the State Social Insurance Fund budget (where the duration of the payment of the parental benefit is replaced by the amount paid in payment to the person receiving the benefit, the amount paid shall be credited to the amount due).
  5. The child’s care allowance for the same child may be granted to one of the parents (adoptive parents), guardians or one of the grandparents, so that persons entitled to the parental allowance have the opportunity to receive this allowance alternately.

  For example, after the childbirth, the childcare leave is granted to the mother and she submitted an application for receiving a childcare benefit for two years. After half a year, she decided to return to work, and childcare leave was granted to the child's father. In this case, the mother must submit an application for the termination of the childcare benefit to the "Sodra", and the father must submit an application for the grant of the childcare benefit. All of these applications can be submitted online, by post or at the office.

  • If you decided to receive a benefit until the child reaches the age of two years, during the second year the father or mother receiving the benefit has the ability to work (to terminate the childcare leave) and to receive income, but the benefit paid by the "Sodra" will not be reduced.
  • When two or more babies are born, both parents can take the child care leave and receive childcare benefits for separate children.
  • When a child under the age of 2 is adopted, the childcare benefit under the Law on Sickness and Maternity Social Insurance is paid until the child reaches 2 years of age. In such case, not later than within one month from the date on which the judgment is enforced, you must apply to the employer for such leave and, in the case of a payment you must apply to the "Sodra".
  • In case of adoption of a child older than 2 years old, the child care benefit is not paid in accordance with the Law on Sickness and Maternity Social Insurance, and the benefit is paid under the Law on Child Benefits. To receive this benefit, you must apply to the Municipal Social Assistance Department.
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How soon should I apply to the "Sodra"?

  You must submit an application for the childcare benefit not later than within 12 months from the end of the period for which the person is entitled to the benefit.

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Who are entitled to benefits?

You are entitled to receive childcare benefit if:

  • You are insured under maternity social insurance:
    • you are employed under employment contracts;
    • you work in the civil service;
    • you work under copyright contracts or contracts on the activity of sports or performers;
    • you perform individual activities under an individual activity certificate;
    • you perform individual agricultural activities;
    • you are an owner of a sole proprietor company;
    • you are a partner of a small partnership, general partnership or limited partnership;
    • you are a member of a family-type child care organisation;
    • you are a soldier of the compulsory initial military service or perform an alternative national defence service;
    • you are a serviceman in professional military service of the national defence system, also a volunteer soldier;
    • you are not employed, but you are a spouse of a civil servant and live abroad where he has been transferred to a post at a diplomatic mission, consular post of the Republic of Lithuania;
    • you are a spouse of a serviceman in professional military service and live abroad where he has been transferred to a post at a mission of the Republic of Lithuania at an international organisation;
    • you are a spouse a delegated person and live abroad where he has been transferred to a post at a diplomatic mission, consular post of the Republic of Lithuania;
    • you are a spouse of the President of the Republic of Lithuania;
    • you raise a child under 3 years of age born, adopted or fostered before.

  Persons who work under the individual activity certificate, are engaged in individual agricultural activities, are members of a family-type child care organisation, owners of individual companies, partners of small, general or limited partnerships are considered insured if they have paid maternity social insurance contributions for the last period specified in the Law on State Social Insurance.

 

  • You are the father, mother, foster-father, foster-mother or guardian of a child:
    • for whom the employer has granted the child care leave, except in the second year of child-raising (if you the benefit is received for two years, you can work in the second year so you are not on leave);
    • you are a self-employed person* (the day of the entitlement to the benefit will be considered the next day after the child care leave or the last day of pregnancy and childbirth leave);
    • you have been dismissed, but have the required length of service;
    • you are a grandfather (grandmother) of the child. Grandparents have the right to receive the childcare benefit only if one of parents (adoptive parents) of the child has the right;
    • you have a maternity social insurance record of not less than 12 months during the last 24 months before the first day of your childcare leave;
    • if you do not have the obligatory social insurance record due to the fact that:
      • during the last two years you have completed professional military service, you have been a volunteer soldier, a soldier of an active or preparatory reserve and a break from the change of status does not exceed 3 months;
      • and during the last two years the woman was a soldier of a compulsory military service or an alternative national defence service, and the break from the change of status does not exceed 3 months (entitlement to the benefit since 01/01/2017);
      • because you had been on child care leave before, i.e. the employer has granted child care leave for the child who was born before. In such a case, the maternity social insurance period is calculated from the 24-month period preceding the child's age of 2 years.
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What documents are required to submit to the "Sodra"?
  1. An application for granting a child care benefit.
  2. ​​An application to apply the amount of tax-exempt income and, if applicable, the additional amount of tax-exempt income.

These applications can be submitted:

  1. ​ Via internet through a personal "Sodra" account for an inhabitant.
  2. ​By post. When sending an application by post, a copy of the identity document approved in accordance with the law (for example notary) must be attached.
  3. ​Upon arrival at the "Sodra" department, the application will be completed and submitted to you to sign by the employee. You need to have:
  • An identity document, such as a passport, identity card.
  • It is also needed to know the details of the personal account to which the benefit will be paid.
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Additional documents that may be needed
  1. A copy of the order for the grant of child care leave if the employer has not provided information about the leave granted to the "Sodra" (a notification 9-SD).
  2. A copy of a child birth certificate certified by a notary, with a translation into the Lithuanian language, if the child birth certificate is issued abroad. If a copy of the notarized copy of the child birth certificate certified with a translation into the Lithuanian language is sent by post, accompanied by a certified copy of the identity document. The child birth certificate issued abroad must be legalized or approved (Apostille), depending on the country in which it is issued, unless otherwise provided by the international obligations of the Republic of Lithuania.
  3. A certificate from the school if you are eligible for an additional amount of tax-exempt income for a child aged under 18 years attending a full-time school.
  4. An employer's certificate on the amount of the insured income, if you have insured income during the period of child care leave or you receive compensation or incentive lump sums related to employment relationships. The employer may submit this certificate through his personal "Sodra" account for an insurer, where the recommended certificate form is presented.
  5. A document justifying the completion of the work, if during the period of your child care leave you receive insured or other work income which is not insured income for the work performed before the first day of such leave, for example, a document of transfer-acceptance of the work performed, a copyright contract or other document justifying the end of the work.
  6. Documents confirming the amount of income received and the period for which it was calculated if you receive income from work activity that is not insured income during the period of your child care leave, such as a salary received abroad from an international or European Union institution or foreign institution, certificate, accounting documents of individual enterprises, small partnerships, general partnerships and limited partnerships, etc.
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Amount of benefits
  • If you choose to receive a benefit until the child is one year old – you will be paid 100% of your replacement wage. This amount is calculated on the basis of the person’s insured income received during the 12 consecutive months before the month preceding the payment entitlement.
  • If you choose to receive a benefit until the child is two years old – from the end of the pregnancy and childbirth or the paternity leave until the child is one year old, you will be paid 70%, and later, until the child is two years old – 40% of your replacement wage.

If you were entitled to receive a childcare allowance after January 1, 2019, the amount of the childcare allowance until the child is one year old, is 77,58% of the amount of the beneficiary’s replacement wage, choosing to receive childcare benefit for one year. If you choose to receive a benefit until the child is 2 years old, the amount of the childcare allowance until the child is one year old, is 54,31% of the amount of the beneficiary’s replacement wage, and until the child is 2 years old – 31,03% of the amount of the beneficiary’s replacement wage.

  • If you give birth to two or more children and you are on childcare leave, the childcare benefit is increased considering the number of children born at the same time, but the total amount of benefits paid to you cannot exceed 100%. Of your replacement wage. If you were entitled to receive a childcare allowance after January 1, 2019, the total amount of the childcare allowance cannot exceed 77,58% of the amount of the beneficiary’s replacement wage. 
  • If the beneficiary receives income or benefits from work in the first year of child-raising, he or she will be paid a difference between the amount of the childcare allowance and the income received. 
  • If you choose to receive a benefit for a period of two years, in the second year of child-raising, the benefit is paid regardless of the income or benefits received at that time.

 

  Childcare allowance cannot be lower or higher than the set limits. 

Statistics Lithuania quarterly publishes the average monthly wage in the economy of the country. Based on this amount, minimum and maximum allowance rates are set.

  • Childcare allowance per month cannot be smaller than 6 basic social insurance benefits valid in the last quarter before the date of entitlement to receive this allowance, i.e. 228 Eur (6 x 38 Eur).
  • The maximum replacement wage used for the calculation of childcare allowances cannot exceed the amount of the two average monthly salaries in force during the quarter preceding the date on which entitlement to the childcare allowance was received.
  • The maximum childcare allowance per month is 1837,60 Eur (the amount of two average salaries in the country valid for the quarter before the date on which entitlement to the childcare allowance was received).

  If you choose to receive the allowance for two years, the maximum amount during the first year is 1286,27 Eur, during the second – 735,01 Eur (when you receive the childcare allowance entitlement in the IV quarter).

Note: childcare allowances that were entitled until December 31, 2018 and payment of which continues after January 1, 2019, must be not smaller than the allowances paid until December 31, 2018. When after January 1, 2019, periods of insured income and the country’s average monthly salary until December 31, 2018 are used for calculation of the allowances, 2009, this insured income and the country’s average monthly salary are increased by 1,289 times while calculating the amount of allowances.

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Amount of benefits from 01-01-2019
  • If you choose to receive a benefit until the child is one year old – you will be paid 77,58 % of your replacement wage. This amount is calculated on the basis of the person’s insured income received during the 12 consecutive months before the month preceding the payment entitlement.
  • If you choose to receive a benefit until the child is two years old – from the end of the pregnancy and childbirth or the paternity leave until the child is one year old, you will be paid 54,31 %and later, until the child is two years old – 31,03 % of your replacement wage.
  • If you give birth to two or more children and you are on childcare leave, the childcare benefit is increased considering the number of children born at the same time, but the total amount of benefits paid to you cannot exceed 77,58 % of your replacement wage. 
  • If the beneficiary receives income or benefits from work in the first year of child-raising, he or she will be paid a difference between the amount of the childcare allowance and the income received. 
  • If you choose to receive a benefit for a period of two years, in the second year of child-raising, the benefit is paid regardless of the income or benefits received at that time.

 

  Childcare allowance cannot be lower or higher than the set limits. 

Statistics Lithuania quarterly publishes the average monthly wage in the economy of the country. Based on this amount, minimum and maximum allowance rates are set.

  • Childcare allowance per month cannot be smaller than 6 basic social insurance benefits valid in the last quarter before the date of entitlement to receive this allowance, i.e. 228 Eur (6 x 38 Eur).
  • The maximum replacement wage used for the calculation of childcare allowances cannot exceed the amount of the two average monthly salaries in force during the quarter preceding the date on which entitlement to the childcare allowance was received.
  • The maximum childcare allowance per month is 1982.94 Eur (the amount of two average salaries in the country valid for the quarter before the date on which entitlement to the childcare allowance was received).
  • If you choose to receive the allowance for two years, the maximum amount during the first year is 1388.16 Eur, during the second – 793.13 Eur (when you receive the childcare allowance entitlement in the IV quarter).

Note: childcare allowances that were entitled until December 31, 2018 and payment of which continues after January 1, 2019, must be not smaller than the allowances paid until December 31, 2018. When after January 1, 2019, periods of insured income and the country’s average monthly salary until December 31, 2018 are used for calculation of the allowances, 2009, this insured income and the country’s average monthly salary are increased by 1,289 times while calculating the amount of allowances.

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Where and when will I receive the money?
  • The decision on granting the benefit must be adopted not later than within 10 working days from the date of receipt of the application with all the necessary documents and data in the "Sodra" department.
  • According to the description of the procedure, child care benefits are paid not earlier than on the 15th day of the month and not later than on the last day of the month.
  • The child care benefit will be paid to the personal account specified in the application.
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How long will I receive a benefit?
  • This benefit is paid on a monthly basis for the last month until the child reaches one or two years of age, according to the chosen payment period specified in your application.
  • If you have not received a maternity benefit for the period of your pregnancy and childbirth leave, your childcare benefit may be paid from the child birth.
  • If you were on pregnancy and childbirth leave or paternity leave and you received a maternity or paternity benefit, then the child care benefit will be paid from the end of the said leave.

 

  The child care benefit is paid by the "Sodra" only to adopted children under the age of 2 years. The benefit is paid until the child reaches 2 years of age.

The continuation of benefits for adopted children, when the child reaches 2 years of age, but since the beginning of the adoption has not yet reached 24 months, and benefits for adopted children over 2 years of age are granted and paid by municipal administrations. The grant and payment of these benefits is governed by the Law on Child Benefits.

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Update date: 2019-10-10
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