You can still claim Child Tax Credit if you are not the child’s parent, but you have responsibility for the child. For example, this could be:
- The child or children usually lives with you
- The child or children keeps their clothes and toys at your house
- You give the child or children pocket money and pay for their meals
Adoptive and Foster Parents
If the local authority has placed a child or children in your care for either adoption or fostering, you can claim Child Tax Credits for them. You may not receive Child Tax Credits in this instance if you are receiving money from your local authority or Health and Social Services board.
If you are receiving money from your local authority or Health and Social Services board you should call the Tax Credit Office to see if you are able to claim: 0843 850 0861.
This is a call routing service which provides you with easy access to the organisation you require – automatically trying multiple numbers to ensure that you are always connected first time and don’t encounter engaged or unavailable numbers. Dependant on your network, you may find a cheaper alternative number is available from the organisation directly.