SASSA Foster Child Grant Application Process in 2023/24

This is the SASSA Foster Child Grant. The SASSA Foster Child Grant application form for 2022/2023 can be found here.

About the Foster Child Grant

Take care of your foster child with a grant. Foster children are children who are placed in your care by a court for the following reasons:

How do you know if you qualify?

To qualify:

  • A South African citizen, permanent resident, or refugee is required
  • you and the child must live in South Africa
  • If you wish to foster a child, you must legally place it in your care and keep the child in your care for the duration of the foster program.
  • the child must be younger than 18.

How much will you get from Foster Child Grant?

There will be a monthly payment of R1 050 per child for you.

How will you be paid from the Foster Child Grant?

The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) will pay the grant to you in one of the following ways:

  • At a certain point on a certain day, cash will be available
  • An electronic deposit into your bank account or Postbank account (you may be charged a fee by the bank)
  • The institution that administers the grant (e.g., a welfare organisation).

Note: If you are unable to collect the grant yourself, you can appoint a procurator at the SASSA office, or give someone power of attorney to do so.

When may your Foster Child Grant be reviewed?

The review of the grant will take place after the court order expires. The current cycle is every two years. Three months in advance of the grant review, you will be notified.

The SASSA requires that you fill out a life certificate every year if you receive money from a bank, an institution or a procurator.

When may your grant be suspended?

The following may result in your grant being suspended:

  • a change in your circumstances
  • the outcome of a review
  • If you do not cooperate with the review of your grant
  • If you commit fraud or misrepresent yourself in any way
  • If you were approved for your grant in error.

When will your Foster Child Grant lapse?

The grant will lapse:

  • In the event of the death of the foster child or the last living foster parent
  • If the child is admitted to a state institution
  • Three consecutive months without claiming the grant
  • when you are absent from the country
  • In the event that the child is no longer in your foster care
  • if you are not a refugee anymore.

What you should do

  1. The following documents need to be brought to your nearest South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) office:
    • Your 13-digit-barcoded identity document (ID) and the child’s birth certificate.
    • Your status permit and refugee ID if you are a refugee.
    • Unless you have your ID or a birth certificate for your child, you will need to:
      • The affidavit must be completed in the presence of a non-SASSA commissioner of oaths.
      • A sworn statement signed by someone who knows you and the child (such as a councillor, traditional leader, social worker, minister or school principal) is required.
      • Your fingerprints will be taken by an official from SASSA. The Department of Home Affairs will assist you in applying for an ID while your application is being processed. Your grant will be suspended if you do not get an ID.
      • Please provide proof that you have applied for an ID and/or birth certificate at the Department of Home Affairs.
      • Please submit a temporary ID issued by the Department of Home Affairs (if applicable).
      • The baptismal certificate should be presented if it is available.
      • The road to health clinic card should be submitted if available
      • A copy of the child’s school certificate if the child is attending school.
    • The birth certificate/s of the child/children, or their identity documents from their country of origin
    • Having the child placed in your care was the result of a court order
    • Proof of your marital status.
  2. The SASSA officer must sign the application form in the presence of the applicant (note that only the applicant or a SASSA official can sign the application form).
  3. You will be given a receipt. Keep it as proof that you applied.

What if your application is not approved?

Your SASSA application will be denied if it is not approved. SASSA will let you know the reasons for its denial in writing.

A disagreement with the decision can be appealed to the Minister of Social Development at the Department of Social Development’s national office. After being notified that your application was unsuccessful, you have 90 days to appeal.

How long does it take

  • You may have to wait up to three months for your application to be processed.
  • The court will pay you when the child is placed in your care if your application is approved.

How much does it cost

The service is free.

Forms to complete

There is no online application form, but you can get it at any SASSA office near you.

Who to contact

South African Social Security Agency (SASSA)

SASSA Toll-free: 0800 60 10 11

Email: [email protected]

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