"Our staff are trained to discuss all possible alternatives with the guardian or caregiver. These options include, among other things, information on non-fee paying schools and Government Assistance Programmes which may be available."
Moea said the trustees owed a duty to the child until the age of 18, and must ensure that the funds were used in a way that ensures as far as possible that the child did not run out of this money before reaching the age of maturity.
"The money we hold is not sufficient to cater for all the child's needs, and the trust does not take over the role of providing for all the financial needs of the child."
Moea added that the guardians still hold the role primarily and the trust supplements to the extent that funds were available and based on the allocation models it uses, and distribution guidelines.
"While the trustees appreciate the high cost of raising a child, it simply cannot cover all of the costs associated with raising a child."
Moea said it was the trust's duty to assist the guardian or caregiver with the annual allocation and for the guardian or caregiver to manage or adjust his or her own financial budget and supplement the costs.