SASSA Foster Child Grant – Eligibility, Application Process and Payment


The SASSA Foster Child Grant provides financial assistance to foster parents/guardians to help cover a foster child’s needs. This article outlines eligibility, documentation required, how to apply and FCG payment details.

Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for the SASSA Foster Child Grant, you must:

  • Be a South African citizen or permanent resident caring for a foster child below 18 years old.
  • Be a foster parent legally appointed through a children’s court order.
  • Earn less than R180 000 per year if single or combined if married.
  • Not be receiving grant for more than 6 non-biological children.

Application Process

To apply for the SASSA Foster Care Grant:

  1. Collect all required supporting documents like IDs, court orders etc.
  2. Visit your nearest SASSA office and complete an application form.
  3. Attach the necessary supporting documentation.
  4. An official will capture your details and submit the application online.
  5. If approved, you will receive an SMS notification within 90 days.

Foster Care Grant Payment

If approved, the FCG of R1090 monthly will be paid via:

  • Direct bank deposit
  • SASSA card withdrawal from pay points
  • Cash payment at designated pay points

The FCG is paid by the 5th of each month. Check application status regularly for updates. Contact SASSA call center at 0800 60 10 11 for assistance.