How to apply for the Foster Child Grant?
Learn how to apply for the Foster child grant and find out which documentation you need to bring to the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) office to qualify for the benefit.
by Aline Augusto
Apply for a Foster child grant: R1 070 per month and per child
To apply for the Foster child grant, you must be a South African citizen, refugee, or permanent resident. In addition, you and the child must be living in South Africa, and the child must be under 18 years old.
Before proceeding, learn more about this benefit.
To sum up, the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) pays this benefit through electronic deposit, cash, or via welfare institution.
If approved, you’ll receive R1 070 per month and per child.
If you want to apply for the Foster child grant, you need to be the legal guardian of a foster child that has been legally placed in your care due to abandonment or other criminal situations.
Furthermore, if you are unable to collect the benefit, you can appoint a procurator to get it for you.
Eventually, the agency can review, suspend or lapse the grant depending on certain circumstances.
However, SASSA notifies you in advance. Now, check out how to qualify for it.
Online Application Process
There is no online application available for the Foster Child Grant. Keep reading to see how to apply in person at the nearest Social Security Agency.
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Application Process via the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA)
You must go to the nearest South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) office and bring the following documentation:
- Your 13-digit-bar-coded ID (if a refugee, your refugee ID);
- The child’s birth certificate;
- Court order;
- Proof of marital status.
If you don’t have an ID, they’ll ask you to fill out an affidavit according to the SASSA format and process.
Further documents will be needed in the presence of legal and SASSA officers.
You can check more about it by calling 0800 60 10 11 or by sending an email to [email protected]
The process can take up to three months to be completed.
Also, if your application is not successful, you will be notified and will have 90 days to appeal to the Minister of Social Development.
Foster child grant vs. Grant in aid
Both the Foster child grant and Grant in aid are social benefits provided by the South African government and paid for by the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA).
In the first place, the Foster child grant is distributed to those who take care of a foster child, while the Grant in aid is provided for those who already receive another benefit and cannot take care of themselves.
Also, both applications follow similar processes, and you must do it at a SASSA office.
If you want to learn more about the Grant in aid, continue reading the following article.
How to apply for the Grant In Aid?
Check out how to apply for the Grant in aid and guarantee an additional social benefit to help you pay for the person who looks after you.
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