Chapter 7 - Social Welfare
The Care Dependency Grant is a social grant intended to provide support to parents, primary care-givers or foster parents of any child with severe mental and/or physical disabilities up to 18 years, requiring full-time home care. Even though the child may make use of professional support services, the child should not be cared for in an institution but at home in order to qualify. The child’s disability must be assessed by a medical doctor appointed by SASSA.
The amount of the grant from 1st April 2011 is R1140 per month. For up-to-date information on grant amounts which change on an annual basis, see the following website: www.sassa.gov.za and www.blacksash.org.za
The person receiving the grant is responsible for ensuring that the child is fed, clothed, receives care and stimulation as well as access to health services.
Who can apply for a Care Dependency Grant?
In order to apply for a Care Dependency Grant, the parents, primary care giver, or foster parents and the child must be:
A child with severe disabilities cannot get a Care Dependency Grant if:
What is the means test to qualify for a Care Dependency Grant?
Only the income threshold of the caregivers of the child who is care dependent is assessed. There is no asset threshold test. The applicant, spouse and child must meet the means test (except for foster parents where a different means test applies)
Therefore, receiving the Care Dependency Grant depends on the income of the entire family. A person can qualify for the CDG if:
How to apply for a Care Dependency Grant
The process of applying for a Care Dependency Grant is the same as for all other grants.
The following documents are required for the application:
Proof of the income and if you receive the care dependency grant, the primary caregiver must ensure that the child:
When does the Care Dependency Grant stop or lapse?
The Care Dependency Grant will be stopped in any of the following situations:
The grant will be reviewed from time to time to check changes in the child’s circumstances.
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