SASSA: What are Foster Child Grant Requirements?

SASSA has been providing South African with social grants to reduce poverty among disadvantaged groups and increase investment in education, nutrition, and health.


Get SASSA grant to take care of your foster child. A foster child is a child who has been placed in your custody by a court as a result of being:

  • orphaned
  • abandoned
  • at risk
  • abused
  • neglected.

Foster Child Grant Requirements?

To qualify:

  • you must be a South African citizen, permanent resident or refugee
  • you and the child must live in South Africa
  • the foster child must be legally placed in your care and the child must remain in your care
  • the child must be younger than 18.

How much will Sassa pays For Foster Child Grant


You will get R1 050 per month per child.

How To Apply 

  1. Go to the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) office nearest to where you live and bring the following:
    • Your 13 digit-bar-coded identity document (ID) and the birth certificate for the child.
    • If you are a refugee, your status permit and refugee ID.
    • If you don’t have your ID or the child’s birth certificate:
      • Complete an affidavit on a standard SASSA format in the presence of a Commissioner of Oaths who is not a SASSA official.
      • Bring a sworn statement signed by a reputable person (like a councillor, traditional leader, social worker, minister of religion or school principal) who knows you and the child.
      • The SASSA official will take your fingerprints. You will be referred to the Department of Home Affairs to apply for the ID even as your application is processed. If you don’t get an ID, your grant will be suspended.
      • Submit proof that you have applied for an ID and/or birth certificate at the Department of Home Affairs.
      • Submit a temporary ID issued by the Department of Home Affairs (if applicable).
      • Present a baptismal certificate if available.
      • Submit a road to health clinic card if available
      • if the child is at school, the child’s school certificate.
    • Birth certificate/s of the child/ children, or their identity documents from their country of origin
    • Court order that placed the child in your care
    • Proof of your marital status.
  2. Complete the application form in the presence of the SASSA officer (note that only you as the applicant or a SASSA official can complete the application form).
  3. You will be given a receipt. Keep it as proof that you applied.

What if your application is not approved?

If your application is not approved, SASSA will inform you in writing why your application was unsuccessful.


If you disagree with the decision, you can appeal to the Minister of Social Development at the national office of the Department of Social Development. You must appeal within 90 days of being notified that your application was unsuccessful.

For more info visit SASSA Website

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