Age at which a child becomes an adult?

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I was wondering at what age a sponsorship automatically stops? Is there an age? One of my sponsored children is now nearly 19 years old and I was curious about Compassion's policy on this issue.

I know how hard it is for young women to achieve the education they deserve, especially when they have family obligations. I'm more than willing to continue the sponsorship, just need to know when and if it will be cut off at some point.

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Alexis Merculief
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A child graduates between the ages of 18 and 22.  If you have an online account, you can log into your account, go to her profile, and see the estimated completion date under her info.  If you do not have an online account, you can create one or you can call Compassion at 800-336-7676.

When a child is 12 years old, she will fill out a future goals sheet with help from her Compassion tutor.  Then as time goes on, her goals may change and such.  Then, when she completes them, she graduates from Compassion.  The goals likely include vocational training and graduating from high school as well as other things.
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It all depends on the country and the center. I'm pretty sure it varies from age 18-22. I'm also pretty sure that most of Honduras has their children graduate at 18 if that's of any help, but that's the only country that I know most of the graduation dates for.
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Good morning Alexis! You're correct, it is often difficult for children in the countries we work in to receive an education and become self sustaining in their communities which is why your sponsorship is making such an incredible difference for Armando and Degitu! Our records indicate that Degitu is anticipated to graduate from our program in October of 2018 and so she still has a few years left in our program to continue receiving vocational training and supplementary education to assist her in preparing for her future once she completes. About eight months before she graduates, we will send you a letter in the mail giving you time to prepare to say goodbye and once she has officially completed, we will contact you directly with this exciting news and to tell you more about her future plans! Thank you for your willingness and desire to help Degitu finish our program well!

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