Assumption of Sponsorship should the initial sponsor pass away

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Hello, In reading the latest edition of Compassion Magazine, I saw how a friend of a lady who died during the Sept. 11 attacks was able to acquire the direct sponsorship of the child being sponsored by the lady who passed away. Is there any mechanism or set of forms in place at Compassion for a child to be picked up right away by a friend of the initial sponsor should the initial sponsor pass away? This would ensure that there is continuity in the child's care and growth. Thank you.
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Hi Yeohann! Stacey's story from the magazine is a beautiful one, isn't it? Thank you so much for reading and for bringing up the question of how to sponsor the child of a lost loved one. We don't have a set of paperwork for this scenario, but we absolutely allow friends to pick up the child if the sponsor passes away. When a sponsor passes away and we talk to a family member about it on the phone, we actually do ask if anyone is able and willing to take over the child's sponsorship before we place them back up in the general sponsorship pool. We can also place notes on a sponsor's account to contact a specific person interested in sponsoring the child in the event that the sponsor passes away and we are informed about it. If this situation is a reality you or a loved one might be facing, I would encourage you to talk about it together and make your wishes known! Continuing to invest in a relationship with a friend's child is such a beautiful way to honor the memory of that person!

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