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Are there any social benefits I can claim such as child support?
Parents and children have a right to child and youth welfare. This includes support for children and youths with special emotional needs. Offers cover counseling, group work, support in the home, additional support in a daycare centre or school, etc.
Free and anonymous counseling is also available via the App mbeon .
The Federal Foundation for Mother and Child (Bundesstiftung Mutter und Kind ) provides financial support for pregnant women in need. You can find more information in Ukrainian in this flyer .
Ukrainian families with children who have received temporary protection in Germany may qualify for kindergeld children's subsidies. The payment for each child is 250 euros. Read more about how to apply here .
Starting from June 1st, 2022, people with a residence permit according to Section 24 of the Residency Act or a corresponding “Fiktionsbescheinigung” plus registration with the Ausländerzentralregister (AZR) can receive BAföG. BAföG is a state student finance program.
Are there any social benefits for pregnant and nursing women?
Every pregnant woman in Germany has a statutory right to medical care. The costs for such care are covered by your health insurance or the Social Welfare Office ("Sozialamt") .
Refer to Handbook Germany for more information.
How can I meet and socialize with other Ukrainians in a similar position?
You can register at cant-stop.me and govolunteer.com to meet refugees from Ukraine who are living near you and support them with their arrival to Germany.
For more information refer to Handbook Germany .
You can also join these Facebook groups:
Are there specific social supports available to me if I am elderly?
You are covered by public health insurance and are eligible for mental health support. You normally don't need any documents other than your health insurance card.
Are there specific social supports available to me if I have a disability?
If you have special needs because you have a disability or need care, you can apply for additional assistance. You can search for a doctor in your area on the website of the German Medical Association . You can also search for a counseling center in your area, for instance National Refugee Councils .
To apply for support from the state, you must first register for a "Disability Card" ("Schwerbehindertenausweis"). Only people with a severe disability (a GdB of 50 or higher) can obtain this card. To apply for a "Disability Card", you must fill the relevant form and hand it in (along with all your medical certificates) to your local Pension Office ("Versorgungsamt"). You can find the proper office at integrationsaemter.de . In case your GdB is lower than 50, you may still be able to benefit from the support you need under some circumstances. To do so, seek help from a counselling centre.
You can find help, for example, at the Migration counselling centre for Adults or a Youth Migration Service . The staff there speak different languages. You can also access special counselling for people with disabilities (in German) at teilhabeberatung.de . If you need specialised counselling in your language as a people with disabilities, you can also contact MINA - Life in Diversity e.V. in Berlin. The staff there speak German, Arabic, Bulgarian, French, English, Russian and Turkish. You can reach the MINA counselling centre Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00 to 15:00 and Thursday from 10:00 to 17:00 via the telephone number 403 65 76 20 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I help others? What volunteering organisations could I join?
There are many ways to support Ukraine and Ukrainians arriving in Germany. You can find information on how to help at ukraine-verstehen , Leave No One Behind and the Central Council of the Sinti and Roma .
You can register at cant-stop.me and govolunteer.com to meet refugees from Ukraine who are now living near you and support them with their adjustment to Germany.
Source: Handbook Germany .
What other forms of social support/welfare should I know about? (Buddy systems, etc.) Who is eligible? How does someone apply?
After the first three months, you can, under certain conditions, receive financial support for living expenses, in the event of illness, pregnancy and maternity as well as help with care according to Section 23 Para. 1 SGB XII.
Parents and children have a right to child and youth welfare. This includes a right to support for children and youths with special emotional needs. Offers cover counselling, group work, support in the home, additional support in a daycare centre or school, etc. Free and anonymous counselling is also available via the App mbeon .
The German support program «Teilhabe am Arbeitsmarkt» opens up new prospects for Ukrainians living in Germany. Starting from July 1, 2023, the Jobcenter will offer refugees a number of new opportunities to improve their skills: