We select the orphans through means testing, with each office using a scoring system for families based on the following factors:
- Income: Priority is given to those with the lowest income, which includes any monies coming in (e.g. salaries, pension or other sponsorship money). Each field office sets its own maximum family income level, below which an application for sponsorship is granted.
- Size of family and ages of children: Priority is given to larger families with younger children.
- Housing conditions: Priority is given to those living in the poorest conditions.
- Health: Priority is given to children with the poorest health status. Proof is required of participation in national immunisation programmes.
In each family, one child in every two can be sponsored, providing of course that sponsors can be found. This can be modified by the field office upon approval of the Child Welfare Department if there is a particular need for more children within a family to be supported.