Child Life Insurance

Many insurance companies offer child life insurance to help parents withburial expenses in the event of their child’s death. It is wise toconsider the advantages and disadvantages of child life insurance beforepurchasing a policy.

What is Child Life Insurance?

Child life insurance is an insurance policy that would pay the child’sbeneficiary, usually the child’s parents, a specific amount of moneyin the event of the child’s death. The money can pay for any funeralor medical expenses, or it can be donated to a charity in your child’sname.

Many companies also offer insurance for children as a rider to their parent’slife insurance policy.The amount of the rider is usually $10,000 to $20,000.

Who needs Child Life Insurance?

Historically, life insuranceis vital for a person with family members who rely on them for financialsupport. Most financial professionals agree that child life insurance isnot as important as adult life insurance since the child does not earn anincome, and according to statistics, the vast majority of children do notdie before age 18.

What are the advantages of Child Life Insurance?

The advantages of child life insurance include:

  • Child life insurance premiums are very affordable.
  • Most insurance companies guarantee continuationof coverage through adulthood.
  • Funeral costs and/or medical bills would be paid in the event of your child’s death.
  • Child life insurance can be converted to adult life insurance at age 21.

What are the disadvantages of Child Life Insurance?

The disadvantages of child life insurance include:

  • You are unlikely to need child life insurance.
  • Most young adults can get life insurance coverage later.
  • Child life insurance might be unaffordable fora young family.
  • The insurance company might require that your childhave a medical exam.

How do I choose a Child Life Insurance policy?

The two common types of child life insurance are term life insurance andwhole life insurance. Factors like your child’s age, your income,investments, savings, and life circumstances will determine which type ofpolicy might be best for your family.

  • Term Life Insurance

This policy is the simplest and most affordable. If you choose a term policy,you will pay a yearly premium for a fixed term of usually 20 to 30 years.If your child dies during that that term, you will receive the full amountof coverage.

  • Whole Life Insurance

Whole life insurance is more expensive and complicated than term life insurance.It is a permanent plan that provides lifetime coverage for your child ratherthan a limited term. The parent is the policy holder until the child becomesan adult, at which point the child becomes the policy holder. A whole lifeinsurance policy has a tax deferred cash value that grows as the insurancecompany invests part of your premium.

Where should I purchase Child Life Insurance?

Look for a company with a good reputation that has a high financial strengthrating. You can contact your state’s insurance department to see if a specificcompany and agent are licensed by the state.

Contact your life insurance company to get information about child lifeinsurance or child riders. Ask your family and friends for recommendations.Compare quotes on the Internet. Contact your employer to see if child lifeinsurance is offered as an employee benefit.

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Last Updated:01/2013

Compiled using information from the following sources:

Zander Insurance Group, http://www.zanderins.com/default.aspx

Gerber Life Insurance Company, http://www.gerberlife.com