No, the government is not giving parents $5,000 for each child who is a US citizen | Fact check

The claim: The US government gives parents $5,000 per month for each child

[En Español: No, el Gobierno no da a los padres $5,000 por hijo que sea ciudadano de EE.UU.]

A Feb. 21 Instagram video (direct link, archive link) shows a shirtless man holding a child, who he claims is his daughter. He said he does not work because he receives $5,000 every month from the government since she is a U.S. citizen.

“The government gives you $5,000 a month for each child," reads the caption in Spanish.

The post was liked more than 4,000 times in two days. The same video, which originated on TikTok, was also shared on Facebook.

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Our rating: False

There is no government program giving $5,000 a month to parents of each U.S.-born child. No government websites list any such program, and no reputable media outlet has reported on it.

No program offers parents free $5,000 per month

The post presents no proof of such a program, and there's no reference to it on any government website. USA TODAY also found no credible media reports of any such program.

While the government doesn’t provide that amount, some programs do give families extra cash or tax relief for children.

The Child Tax Credit gives parents of a child under age 17 a $2,000 credit per child in 2023, said Alejandra Castro, an IRS spokesperson.

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For a child or dependent to qualify for the Child Tax Credit, they must have a Social Security number valid for employment in the U.S., according to the IRS. Social Security numbers are assigned to U.S. citizens and people lawfully admitted to the U.S. on a permanent basis, according to the Social Security Administration.

There are other programs for low-income families with children:

USA TODAY reached out to the user who shared the post and the TikTok user who created it for comment but did not immediately receive responses.

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