Orphan’s Pension awarded under the Occupational Injuries Scheme
You cannot get one of these payments and also claim a Foster Care Allowance (payable by Tusla).
How to qualify
A child is regarded as an orphan if they meet the following requirements:
they are under 18 (or 22 if in full-time education)
both parents are dead
one parent is either dead or unknown or has abandoned and failed to provide for the child
the other parent is unknown or has abandoned and failed to provide for the child
where the child is not residing with a parent, adoptive parent or step parent
If either parent, or step-parent, had worked at any time and paid social insurance (PRSI) for 26 weeks, the orphan is entitled to the Guardian’s Payment (Contributory). Payment is made to the child’s guardian until the child turns 18 or, if the child is in full-time education, until they turn 22.
Guardian’s Payment (Non-Contributory) is a non-contributory payment for orphans who are not entitled to the contributory payment. The means test for this is based on the orphan’s means. Payment is made to the child’s guardian until the child turns 18 or, if the child is in full-time education, until they turn 22.
Under the Occupational Injuries Scheme, an Orphan’s Pension under the Death Benefit scheme may be awarded to the guardian of an orphan if the parent, step-parent or person who was supporting the orphaned child or children:
died as a result of an accident at work
died as a result of an occupational disease
was getting Disablement Pension assessed at 50% or more at the time of their death
The Orphan’s Pension is not means tested.
Rate of payment
The maximum Guardian’s Payment is €186 a week.
Guardians' payments are fully exempt from income tax, PRSI and USC.
To apply, fill in the form below and return it to:
Guardian's Payment, Social Welfare Services, College Road