Qualifying Requirements By SASSA For Child Grants

You should apply at the SASSA office nearest to where you live. If you are too old or too sick to apply for the grant at the office you may have a friend or family member apply on your behalf. You can also arrange for a home visit, although you may wait a while for this.

Foster Child Grant

• the applicant and child must be resident in South Africa;
• must provide a court order indicating foster care status;
• the foster parent must be a South African citizen, permanent resident or refugee.
• Child must remain in the care of the foster parent (s)
• foster parent must provide a 13 digit bar coded identity document; the smart ID card
• must provide a birth certificate for the foster child Care Dependency Grant
• The applicant must be a South African citizen, permanent resident or refugee;
• the applicant and child must be resident in South Africa;
• child must be under the age of 18 years;
• must submit a medical / assessment report confirming the child’s permanent, severe disability;
• applicant and spouse must meet requirements of the means test (except for foster parents);
• the care-dependent child/children must not be permanently cared for in a State Institution;
• must provide birth certificate for the child;• the applicant must supply a 13 digit bar coded identity document;
Note: the income of foster parents will not be taken into consideration

Child Support Grant
• the primary care giver must be a South African citizen, permanent resident or refugee;
• both the applicant and the child must reside in South Africa;
• the child must be 18 years of age or younger;
• must provide a birth certificate for the child;
• must provide a 13 digit bar coded identity document for the applicant;
• applicant must be the primary care giver of the child/children concerned;
• the child/children must have been born after 31 December 1993;
• the applicant and spouse must meet the requirements of the means test;
• cannot apply for more than six non biological children
• Child can not be cared for in State institution.
• It should be noted that one of the intentions of the child support grant is to ensure that children attend and complete
schooling. It is therefore a requirement that a school attendance certificate be produced for children aged between 7
and 18 years. However, failure to produce this certificate or failure to attend school will not result in the refusal to pay their child support grant.

Grants available at SASSA include:

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