Apply for the Foster Child Grant: find out how

We explain how poor families with adopted children can apply for financial assistance. Increase their annual income by at least R12,480!


by José Gonçalo

Published on 03/04/2023

Count on a monthly pension of R1,070 for an indefinite period!

Foster Child Grant
Apply for the Foster Child Grant: find out how. Source: Foster the Money

Apply for the Foster Child Grant and get help from the federal government to ensure the quality of your foster child.



Foster Child Grant

Welfare Cash Payments

R1,070 monthly payments for needy families with foster children.

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Below, find out about the documents requested and how the application process for this federal project works! So read on to learn!

Who is eligible for the program?

Indeed, the law defines readability criteria for caregivers and children. Meet them below!

  • Be a South African citizen, permanent resident, or legal refugee;
  • Father and son must live in South Africa;
  • The child must have been lawfully placed in your care and remain in your custody;
  • The child must be up to 18 years old.

What documents do you need to provide?

As you would expect, to apply for the Foster Child Grant, you must prove your status and that of the child in your care.

To do so, you must submit the following documents:

  • Your identity document (SA ID);
  • Child’s birth certificate (if you don’t have it, present other documents that prove the child’s identity);
  • A court order that placed the child in your care;
  • A school certificate, if the child is duly enrolled in school;
  • Proof of your marital status.

For refugees applicants

mother and son looking out the window
Foster Child Grant application. Source: Freepik

If you or the child are refugees, you must also present the following documents:

  • Authorization for refugee status and identification document;
  • Child’s birth certificate (if you don’t have it, present identity documents from the child’s country of origin);

For the registration process, the income of the adoptive or biological parents will not be considered.

To verify the need for this assistance, SASSA Agents will consider the income earned by the child.

Thus, you must present any documents for payment of child support, for example.

Foster Child Grant application

To apply for the Foster Child Grant, gather the above documents and visit the SASSA branch closest to you.

Then, request the registration form for this program and fill it out in the presence of a SASSA employee. After completing the form, you will receive a receipt. Keep it with you.

Also, know that this application process is completely free. Payments will be issued from the month following the court’s decision that the child is lawfully in your care.

You will receive responses to your application within three months. You have up to 90 days to appeal the final decision if your application is rejected.

Find other assistance programs: Child Support Grant (CSG)

The federal government offers other programs to help needy families support their children.

One is the Child Support Allowance: R480 per child every month! To learn how to request this help, see the following post!

Child Support Grant

Apply for the Child Support Grant: find out how

Apply for Child Support Grant and count on continuous financial support to care for your children as you want. Find out how here!

About the author

José Gonçalo

I started reading about finance only to find better options than savings. Since then, I have never stopped studying finance, and I believe that writing about it is the best way to help individuals feel fulfilled and have a healthy financial life. Today, I balance finance and medical school studies.

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