WROmigrant – Social care, family and child-support benefits
Social assistance is intended for individuals and entire families who are in a difficult financial and social situation. It may be granted because of, among other things: orphanage, poverty, homelessness or unemployment, disability, long-term or severe illness or domestic violence. Social assistance includes benefits of a monetary nature (e.g. allowances) and non-monetary benefits such as specialist counselling – including psychological and family assistance.
In addition to social welfare benefits, foreigners may benefit from family and parental benefits. Family benefits include, among others, a one-time aid for the birth of a child (so-called “becikowe”) or care benefits (e.g. nursing allowance), while the most popular in Poland is the so-called 500+ benefit.
Foreigners staying in Poland who fulfil certain statutory conditions concerning the type of permit they hold are entitled to social assistance and benefits on the same principles as Polish citizens. This assistance (as well as additional support) is also available to persons who were granted the refugee status and persons who were granted the so-called subsidiary protection on the territory of the Republic of Poland.
In this chapter of our guide you will find out:
- who is entitled to social assistance and where to seek it;
- what are family and parental benefits and where will you get information about them.
Who is entitled to social care
Social assistance is granted to foreigners who live and reside in Poland and have a specific type of work permit. This includes a permanent residence permit, a temporary residence permit and a European Union long-term resident’s permit. The citizens of the European Union living in Wrocław benefit from the support of social assistance on principles similar to those of Polish citizens.
Social assistance is also provided to persons who were granted the refugee status and persons who were granted the so-called subsidiary protection on the territory of the Republic of Poland, i.e. those who do not meet the conditions for granting the refugee status, and at the same time the return to the country of origin would expose them to a real risk of suffering serious harm.
Social assistance for foreigners with refugee status or subsidiary protection
Foreigners with refugee status or subsidiary protection are entitled to social assistance benefits on the same principles as Polish citizens. These may be benefits of a monetary nature, e.g.: permanent benefit, periodic benefit, purpose-specific benefit, or non-monetary benefits including social work, specialist counselling, including psychological and family counselling, temporary or emergency assistance, shelter, provision of necessary clothing, assistance in the form of care services.
Before granting assistance, a social worker conducts an interview with a foreigner, the so-called community interview. On this basis, specific type of aid is provided.
You will receive all information regarding this form of support here:
Social Welfare Centre in Wrocław
Assistance team for homeless persons and refugees
phone number: +48 71 782 35 84
phone number: +48 71 782 35 80
Monday to Friday from 7:30 to 15:30
Family and child-support benefits
In addition to social welfare benefits, foreigners may benefit from family and parental benefits. Family benefits include, among others, a one-time aid for the birth of a child (the so-called “becikowe”) or care benefits (e.g. nursing allowance, nursing benefit, special care allowance), while the most popular in Poland is the so-called 500+ benefit.
Individual benefits are often granted to different groups of beneficiaries. The most popular benefit in Poland, the so-called 500+ benefit for each child is regulated by a separate act, which defines in great detail the categories of foreigners entitled to this benefit. Therefore, it is worth verifying at the Social Welfare Centre whether you meet the criteria to benefit from social welfare. You will receive all information regarding this form of support here:
Social Welfare Centre in Wrocław
Benefits/Customer Service Office
Namysłowska 8 (Grafit Business Centre)
phone number: +48 71 782 23 22 (family benefits)
phone numbers: +48 71 782 23 22, +48 71 799 92 74, +48 501-928-501, +48 71 782 23 26 (parental benefits)
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:30 to 15:00
Thursday from 7:00 to 16:00
Family benefits www.mops.wroclaw.pl/formy-pomocy/swiadczenia-rodzinne
Parental benefits www.mops.wroclaw.pl/formy-pomocy/program-rodzina-500