Aging out & supporting afterwards

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This conversation has been merged. Please reference the main conversation: Can I keep in contact with my child after they graduate?

One of my sponsored children (from Uganda) will turn 22 one year from this July 15. I am very concerned about his life without our support. I would like to keep in touch with him and help him after he has aged out of the program. How is that possible?
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Paul Sparrow

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Debbie Skacel Tovar

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You can get a form from Compassion when they call you to say that he has graduated.  They can pass on an email address for you, or  your facebook name.  I don't remember if you can actually send your address.  I am friends with two of my Filipino past kids on fb, but never did hear from my Uganda girl who I gave my email address to, even though she was working in a hotel so should have internet access.  Compassion isn't all that crazy about you sharing this information with the kids, but they will provide you with the form if you ask for it.  I would not send the guy money.  That can add a bunch of problems with people thinking he can get money from you.  Part of the Compassion program was to at least get them involved in skills that will sustain them if they didn't go on to higher schooling.
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Emily James

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I agree with what Debbie said.  Just wanted to add that you can send him a graduation gift through Compassion when the time comes.  I have heard of many kids using these gifts to start businesses or do other things that help set them on the path to becoming financially stable adults.  As Debbie mentioned, he will have learned income-generating skills as part of the project and so should, hopefully, be able to find work once he graduates.  I would avoid sending money directly to him as well though, purely for security reasons for both of you.

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