Last updated: 24/3/2022

Basic Information

Country
Geographic area
Population group
Children

Programme Details

Programme objectives

To provide care for foster children.

References
Government of South Africa. 2015. “Foster child grant.” Government of South Africa website. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.gov.za/services/child-care-social-benefits/foster-child-grant>.
Start date
2004
References
This grant is regulated by the legal framework established in the Social Assistance Act of 2004. Reference: Republic of South Africa. 2004. Government Gazette, Vol. 468 - Cape Town, 10 June 2004, No. 26446. Cape Town: Western Cape Government. Accessed 11 November 2015. <https://www.westerncape.gov.za/ assets/departments/social-development/social_assistance_act_no_13_of_20041.pdf>.
Coverage
539,791 beneficiaries (2015)
Programme expenditure
ZAR5.53 billion (estimated expenditure for 2015/16)

Targeting and eligiblity

Targeting methods
Categorical Targeting
Targeted areas
Nationwide
Target groups
Children
Eligibility criteria
Beneficiaries are children (under 18, but may be extended to 21 years), residents of South Africa, who are legally placed under the care of a foster parent. The foster parent must be either a citizen or permanent resident of or refugee in South Africa.
Eligibility reassessment (if any)
The grant is reviewed every two years.
References
Government of South Africa. 2015. “Foster child grant.” Government of South Africa website. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.gov.za/services/child-care-social-benefits/foster-child-grant>.

Coverage and other information

Type of benefits
Cash
References
Government of South Africa. 2015. “Foster child grant.” Government of South Africa website. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.gov.za/services/child-care-social-benefits/foster-child-grant>.
Amount of benefits
ZAR860 per child
References
Government of South Africa. 2015. “Foster child grant.” Government of South Africa website. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.gov.za/services/child-care-social-benefits/foster-child-grant>.
Payment/delivery frequency
Monthly
References
Government of South Africa. 2015. “Foster child grant.” Government of South Africa website. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.gov.za/services/child-care-social-benefits/foster-child-grant>.
Benefit delivery mechanism
The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA), using a privatised payment contractor, pays the grant into the beneficiaries’ bank accounts, which can be withdrawn at designated pay points, contracted merchant stores or automatic teller machines (ATMs).
Benefit recipients
Foster parent or registered cluster foster care scheme If the recipient is unable to collect the benefit, a procurator may be appointed at the SASSA office.
Minimum and maximum duration of benefits (if any)
The grant lapses if the child or the last living foster parent passes away, or if the child is admitted to a state institution or is no longer under foster care, or if the foster parent is absent from the country. If the beneficiary does not claim the grant for three consecutive months or if they are no longer a refugee, the grant will lapse.
References
Government of South Africa. 2015. “Foster child grant.” Government of South Africa website. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.gov.za/services/child-care-social-benefits/foster-child-grant>.
Monitoring and evaluation mechanisms and frequency
SASSA administers the grant. Its monitoring and evaluation branch produces monthly statistical reports of all its social grants, indicating the number of beneficiaries per region.
References
Government of South Africa. 2015. “Foster child grant.” Government of South Africa website. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.gov.za/services/child-care-social-benefits/foster-child-grant>. South African Social Security Agency. n.d. “Statistical Reports.” SASSA website. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.sassa.gov.za/index.php/statistical-reports>.