This benefit is payable to parents whose minor child died as a result of the criminal offence.
It is also payable to the parents of a child of full age who died as a result of the criminal offense, when at the time of death:
- he or she had no spouse or children or,
- if he or she had a spouse or child, those parents supported more than 50% of the child's needs
The lump sum can be paid in 1, 12 or 24 installments.
- $64,738 to be shared between the 2 parents of the minor child
- $64,738 to be shared between the two parents if they support more than 50% of the needs of a dependent child over the age of majority or if the child dies without a spouse and without children
The other parent receives the other's share when one of the 2 parents:
- is deceased
- has lost parental authority
- abandoned the victim as a minor
- cannot obtain financial assistance under the Act
If both parents are deceased, the amount is paid to the victim's estate unless the state receives the property.
If one parent is responsible for the child's homicide, no payment is made to that parent. The maximum award automatically goes to the other parent.
Method of Payment
Upon receipt of the parent(s) application for qualification. The lump sum may be paid in 1, 12 or 24 installments. Proof of death may be required.