Available at GCIS provincial offices, GCIS district offices & Thusong centres in your area!

About care dependency grant

If you care for a child who has a severe disability and is in need of full-time and special care, you may qualify for a child dependency grant.

The care dependency grant covers disabled children from birth until they turn 18.

To qualify you must:

  • be a parent, primary caregiver or a foster parent appointed by the court.
  • be a South African citizen or permanent resident.
  • not earn more than R180 000 a year if you are single. Your combined income should not be above R360 000 a year if you are married.

Note: This income limit does not apply to foster parents.

The child must:

  • be younger than 18 years.
  • not be cared for permanently in a state institution.
  • have a severe disability and need full-time and special care.
  • Both you and the child must live in South Africa.

Note: A state medical officer must assess the child before the grant will be approved.

How to apply

Visit your local SASSA office and bring the following:

  • Parent/s, primary caregiver, or foster parent/s bar-coded ID.
  • Child/ren’s birth certificate.
  • A medical report for the child, which must say what the child is able to do – this is known as a functional assessment.
  • If you are the foster parent of the child, the court order making you the foster parent.
  • Proof of your marital status, such as a marriage certificate, divorce papers, or a death certificate of your spouse, or a sworn statement (affidavit) if you have never married.
  • Proof of your income and if you receive a care dependency grant, the primary caregiver must ensure that the child:
  • Be tested at the age of six years to see whether he or she needs special schooling.
  • Receives appropriate education according to the level of disability.
  • Remains in their care.
  • Lives in adequate housing.
  • Is fed and given clothes to wear.
  • Receives the necessary medical and dental care.
  • Not be in a wholly-funded state-run institution.

How long does it take?

  • It may take up to three months to process your application.
  •  If your grant is approved, you will be paid from the date on which you applied.

How much does it cost?

The service is free.

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