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Who Can Apply for a Foster Care Grant?

Any adult or caregiver who is taking care of a child that qualifies, – and has no common law duty to maintain that child – can apply for this grant. In order to apply for a Foster Care Grant, the foster parent and the foster child must:

  • Be resident in South Africa at the time of making the application (but they do not have to be South African citizens);
  • Be in possession of a court order that makes the foster care status legal;
  • Qualify in terms of the means test for a Foster Care Grant
  • A child from any country that finds themselves in need of care and protection in South Africa, can be fostered. This will include a child who is undocumented, or a child who is a refugee.
  • A foreign national who is a refugee can qualify to be a foster parent
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