Increased child benefit and other social-administrative and financial questions
- Increased child benefit
Thanks to the substantial reform of increased child benefit for children with a handicap or serious illness in May 2003, most children with cleft lip and palate are eligible for increased child benefit.
Whether or not increased child benefit is granted, for how long and how much, varies from one child to another. Not only the condition itself, but also its consequences in terms of the child's activities and participation and the impact of the condition on the child's family environment are all taken into account.
- Other social-administrative and financial questions:
The various social provisions, social security legislation, multiple initiatives by health insurance funds and different government departments can make it difficult for parents (and carers) to see the wood for the trees. If you have any questions, you can contact the social services department: we will try to answer them in collaboration with other services (health insurance funds, trade unions etc.).
For instance: my child has to be regularly admitted to hospital and I would like to stop working for a short time - can I take a career break? Or: my child with a cleft lip and palate is going through puberty and is having a lot of difficulty accepting her handicap. We try to talk about it at home and at school and give her some support.
We are delighted to inform you that the McDonald "Give a smile" fund offers financial support to families with children with cleft lip and palate.
You can find out more about this fund at http://www.giveasmile.be/.
- income: no income limits are set, but you are asked to attach evidence to your application form, such as a copy of your tax return
- certificate from the doctor (proof of congenital facial abnormality)
- contributions towards costs that are not paid for by other organisations (e.g. health insurance funds, hospital insurance etc.)
- children and young people are eligible until the age of 18 years
- complete the application form carefully (you can request a form from your social assistant).
- sign an information and consent form for the processing of your personal details
It is best to have a discussion with the doctors treating you to decide on the best time to apply and which parts of the treatment should be covered by the application.
Application files should be submitted to: [misschien beter het onderstaande adres niet vertalen als de dossiers per post moeten worden opgestuurd]
Dr Chantal Malevez
President of the National Selection Committee
Queen Fabiola University Children's Hospital
Department of Dental Surgery and Maxillofacial Surgery
avenue J.J. Crocqlaan 14