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Orphan's or unsupported child's benefit

Work and Income pays an orphan's or unsupported child's benefit to caregivers who are raising someone else's child.

If the child you are looking after is in the custody of Child, Youth and Family, you’ll qualify for financial help from Child, Youth and Family instead of Work and Income.

What it is

The orphan's benefit helps a person who raises someone else's child to support the child when their parents:

  • have died or can't be found, or
  • can't look after their child because they have a long-term illness or incapacity.

The unsupported child's benefit helps a person who raises someone else's child to support the child when their parents can't support them because of a family breakdown.

The foster care allowance helps caregivers to meet the reasonable costs of children in foster care.

The foster care allowance may be paid by an iwi social service, cultural support service or child and family support service.

What you're entitled to

If you receive an orphan's, unsupported child's benefit or foster care allowance, for one or more children, and this is the only benefit you receive, you may be entitled to an in-work tax credit. You're not entitled to any other Working for Families Tax Credits for these children.

For more information please contact Work and Income

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