You may be able to get Child Benefit if you live in the UK and you're adopting or fostering a child. If you get payments towards the cost of the child's accommodation or basic maintenance from your local authority, you won't normally be able to get Child Benefit.
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If you're in the process of adopting a child, it is important to apply for Child Benefit as soon as the child comes to live with you. You don't need to wait until the adoption process is complete, and in some circumstances you may be entitled to claim Child Benefit for a period before the adoption. The nationality of the child does not affect whether you're entitled to Child Benefit or not.
If you're fostering a child, you may be able to qualify for Child Benefit as long as your local authority (or Health and Social Services Board in Northern Ireland) isn’t paying anything to help with the child’s accommodation or maintenance.
If you’re not sure whether you should claim, get in touch with the Child Benefit Office. You can do this online by using the link below, or by calling the Child Benefit Helpline.
If you have an informal arrangement to foster someone else's child, you may be able to get Child Benefit. But if your local authority is paying towards the child's accommodation or maintenance you might not qualify - check with the Child Benefit Helpline to find out.
If you want to make a claim, you need to agree with the person who
is currently getting Child Benefit (for example, the parent) that you
can make a claim instead. Bear in mind that two people cannot receive
Child Benefit for the same child.
If you're responsible for a child who has lost one or both of their parents, you may also be entitled to Guardian's Allowance.