Caring for someone else’s child
If you're caring for someone else's child, we may be able to help.
What you get will depend on both your and the child's circumstances.
What you can get
There are other types of help you may be able to get, it depends on your situation. Use "Check what you might get" to find out what help you could qualify for.
Getting Unsupported Child's Benefit or Orphan's Benefit
From 1 July 2018, if you get the Unsupported Child’s Benefit or Orphan’s Benefit you'll also automatically get a new Clothing Allowance for clothing the child or children in your care.
This is a non-taxable weekly payment, with the rate dependent on the age of the child or children.
Age of child:
You may also be able to get help with other expenses.
On a benefit
If a child comes into your care while you're on a benefit, you may have a change in obligations or your benefit could be affected.
Getting New Zealand Superannuation or Veteran's Pension
It's different for people getting New Zealand Superannuation or Veteran's Pension - your payments stay the same whether or not you include the child in your payments.
Remember, any extra income you get can affect your other payments.
It's probably better for you to get the Orphan's Benefit or Unsupported Child's Benefit if you qualify. Contact Work and Income to find out which is the best option for you.