Child in Care Benefit – Foster Care Service

Overview

A Foster Care Allowance is awarded to authorised fosterer carers providing a foster care service to a child.

Moreover, this allowance is paid until a child reaches 21 years of age.

For information regarding cross-border situations please click here.

What you’ll get

The payment for this allowance is issued every 13 weeks in advance.

Please click here for a Schedule of Benefits Rates

Eligibility

General eligibility criteria:

  • Married couples, Civil Union couples, Cohabiting couples or single individuals (in particular cases only), irrespective of their age, class, race and religion, may become foster carers after undergoing the training necessary to equip them with the skills and knowledge required to provide quality care. This is followed by an assessment and approval by the Fostering and Adoption Board

Documentation Required

General documentation:

  • Click here to download the document for the declaration to be signed by both fosterers and endorsed by Aġenzija APPOĠĠ
  • a copy of the decision letter issued by the Fostering Board is to be submitted with the application

How to apply

Fill in and submit the application online.

The application must be submitted within 6 months from initialization of fostering as stipulated by the Social Security Act (Cap. 318.). The allowance, or part of it, may be forfeited if the application is submitted late.