SASSA Care Dependency Grant – Eligibility Dates and More

Children with severe disabilities who require full-time and special care are eligible for the Care Dependency grant. in this article complete guide, care dependency grant payment dates , grants for child, how much grants in 2023, please complete read article.

South Africa’s Care Dependency Grant (CGD) provides payments to parents, foster parents, or primary caregivers of children under 18 who require full-time care due to a mental or physical disability. A child must receive permanent home care instead of being placed in a state-funded institution.

SASSA Care Dependency Grant payment dates

Older Persons Grant4 July 2023
Disability Grant5 July 2023
Children’s Grant6 July 2023

Grants will be paid to beneficiaries by Sassa on the second of every month. Grants are not paid on public holidays or weekends, however. The recipients of the Disability grant and Children’s grant will have until Tuesday, 4 July 2023 and Wednesday, 6 June 2023 to collect their grants. more detail about Sassa Status Check for R350

Who Qualifiers for Care Dependency Grant

A Care Dependency Grant is available to those who meet certain criteria. Grants will only be offered to those whose family income falls below a certain level. 

The income threshold for households with joint incomes, which includes the applicant, the applicant’s spouse, and the child, is less than R446,400. The income threshold for a single person is less than 223,200 per year. Foster parents’ incomes are not taken into account. 

Other criteria include: 

  • When applying, you and your child must both be South African citizens and residents
  • You must have legal responsibility for the child, such as a parent or guardian
  • The child must have a medical report confirming permanent, severe disabilities

There are several reasons why you won’t qualify for the Care Dependency Grant:

  • If the child is in a psychiatric hospital or receives treatment from a mental health facility
  • Those who have already received Child Support Grants 

Documents needed to apply for Care Dependency Grant

Care Dependency Grant applicants should be aware of the process and documents required. SASSA officials must be present when completing the application at your nearest SASSA office. 

You will need the following documents:

  • Document with a barcode that identifies you as a South African 
  • A child’s birth certificate, which must include an ID number
  • A full medical report for the child 
  • You must have a court order making you the foster parent (only if applicable) 
  • If you were never married, you must provide a sworn affidavit as proof of your marital status
  • Your spouse’s income proof (if applicable)
  • Proof of the child’s income

Additional documents may also be required in certain circumstances:

  • If you are not the child’s parent, you must provide proof that you are the child’s caregiver. There can be an affidavit from a police official or the biological parent, a report from a social worker, and/or a letter from the school principal.
  • Please provide a copy of your marriage certificate if you are married.
  • The biological parent must prove that they have tried to get the other parent to contribute to child maintenance if they are the sole provider for the child.
  • You must provide proof of unemployment from UIF or a discharge certificate from your previous employer.
  • A refugee foster parent must provide their refugee status permit and identification.
  • As a foster parent, you must provide the court order placing the child with you.

You may ask a family member to apply on your behalf if you are too old or ill to visit SASSA in person, but they must have a letter from you or a doctor explaining why you are not able to visit. 

How to Apply for your Care Dependency Grant

Suppose you decide to apply for the Care Dependency Grant. If that is the case, you should be aware that the application can only be completed at your nearest SASSA office. 

If an applicant is too old or ill to visit the SASSA office in person, they can ask a family member to apply on their behalf by providing a letter from the applicant or a doctor explaining their situation. 

To minimize the chances of your application being delayed or declined, make sure you have all the relevant documents.

Prior to processing the application, SASSA will refer the child to a state-approved medical office for a medical assessment. 

You will receive a receipt after the application is completed in front of a SASSA official, which you must keep as proof that you applied. 

How much does SASSA pay for caregiver?

There is an annual change in the amount of the Care Dependency Grant. The amount of the grant per child is R1,980 at the time of writing. 

Grant recipients who are unable to collect the grant payments themselves can appoint a procurator or their power of attorney to collect the grant payments on their behalf. 

How long does it take for care dependency grant to be approved?

When you have completed the SASSA application process, it will take approximately 30 business days to process your application. Your application will be approved or denied after careful review, and you will receive a letter confirming the outcome. If your application was declined, you would receive detailed instructions on how to appeal. 

Payments will start to be made to you within three months of approval and will be backdated to the date of your original application. If you need an update on your application, you can contact SASSA on 0800 601 011. 

How is the Careers grant paid?

SASSA will make Care Dependency Grant payments using one of the following methods:

  • On a particular day of the month, cash is available at a specific PayPoint
  • EFT to your Postbankk account
  • In the hands of an institution acting as grant administrator 

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