The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) provides financial assistance to vulnerable children who are in need of care and protection. The Foster Child Grant is one such program that is aimed at providing support to children who are living with foster parents or legal guardians.
The Foster Child Grant is a monthly cash transfer that is paid to the foster parent or legal guardian of a child who is in their care. The grant is intended to cover the basic needs of the child, including food, clothing, and shelter. The grant amount is determined by the age of the child and is subject to change from time to time. As of September 2021, the Foster Child Grant pays out R1,110 per month per child.
To qualify for the Foster Child Grant, the child must be under the age of 18 and must be living with a foster parent or legal guardian who has been approved by a court. The foster parent or legal guardian must also meet certain criteria, including being a South African citizen or permanent resident, not receiving any other social grants for the child, and not being able to support the child financially.
To apply for the Foster Child Grant, the foster parent or legal guardian must visit their nearest SASSA office and complete an application form. The form requires information about the child, the foster parent or legal guardian, and the household income and expenses. The application must also be accompanied by certain documents, including proof of identity, proof of income, and a court order approving the foster care placement.
Once the application has been processed and approved, the Foster Child Grant will be paid out monthly to the foster parent or legal guardian. The grant is paid into a bank account, which can be opened for free at a participating bank. The grant can be accessed using a SASSA card or through the bank’s ATM or point of sale devices.
In conclusion, the SASSA Foster Child Grant is an important program that provides much-needed financial assistance to vulnerable children who are living with foster parents or legal guardians. The grant helps to ensure that these children have access to basic necessities such as food, clothing, and shelter. If you are caring for a child who is in need of care and protection, you may be eligible for the Foster Child Grant. Visit your nearest SASSA office to find out more about the program and how to apply.