Guide for parents-to-be
Here you get an overview of offers and services during pregnancy and shortly after birth.
Make an appointment and let us examine you.
Registration of the child
at the registry office of the place of birth.
Child benefit & child supplement
You will receive € 250 per month in child benefit for your child. You can apply for child benefit and child supplement at the family benefits office (Familienkasse) of the employment agency (Agentur für Arbeit) in Ahlen.
Child's health insurance cover
Inform your health insurance fund about the birth of your child.
Make an appointment with the paediatrician.
Wage tax reduction/ child allowance
Apply to the tax office.
Contact point for parents with their children
The Mothers' Centre Beckum e. V. offers a baby café, parenting courses, babysitting, counselling and childcare, playgroups, second-hand shop, and much more.
Services offered by midwife practices:
- Pregnancy care
- Birth preparation
- Postpartum care
- Postnatal gymnastics and PEKiP
Make an appointment with the local midwife.
Children's and maternity hospitals
Parental leave & parental allowance
You have a legal right to parental leave. You apply for parental leave with your employer. You apply for parental allowance at the Office for Children, Young People and Families of the Warendorf district.
Help hotline - Pregnant women in need
Counselling is anonymous and free of charge.
Things to know for non-married parents
Support, child maintenance, acknowledgement of paternity, declaration of custody
The City of Beckum is your contact for this topic:
can be applied for by single parents who do not receive the maintenance payments due for their child - provided their child is not older than 12 years.
Additional information for recipients of transfer payments
Additional needs supplement Pregnancy and infant first aid
are paid to recipients of:
- Unemployment benefit II at the Job Centre
- Basic security benefits, assistance with living costs and asylum benefits at the Social Services Department of the City of Beckum
Benefit for education and participation
, for example parent-child programmes, are available to recipients of..:
- Unemployment Benefit II, Housing Benefit and Child Supplement at the Job Centre
Basic income support, subsistence assistance and asylum benefits at the Social Services Department of the City of Beckum
Advance maintenance payments
can be applied for by single parents who do not receive the maintenance payments due for their child - provided their child is not older than 12 years of age.Information on advance maintenance payments
Financial assistance in crisis situations
Verein zur Förderung von Familien in Krisensituationen Beckum e. V.
The Verein zur Förderung von Familien in Krisensituationen e. V. (Association for the Support of Families in Crisis Situations) was founded in 2001 by employees of the Youth Welfare Office to help families in emergency situations that cannot be supported by state or municipal funds. The association offers financial assistance in crisis situations for Beckum families. Since 2011, the annual training series "Family between fun and crisis" has been held as part of prevention, dealing with the different perspectives of parenting. The lecture series had to be cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to corona and was well attended again in 2022. The 2023 lecture series begins in August and ends in October. Association flyer with the 2023 programme.
Association for the Support of Families in Crisis Situations Beckum e. V.