How long will I sponsor my child?

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The age differs depending on which country your child lives in. The age range is anywhere from 18-22. This age is defined based on local factors within the country.
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The majority of students completion the program between age 16-18 years old. The maximum age a child can be enrolled in the program is between 18 and 22. This is typically through the year where they would graduate what we would consider high school. Some students may stay involved longer to gain additional training and vocational skills. Others may decide they are ready to go out, take what they have learned, and face the world and start working.

Compassion will notify you when your child finally does leave the program.
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at what age does a child age out of the systemi is it graduation from HS or college??
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Actually, graduation from Compassion's program does not coincide with any school completion. Your child and the staff at their project will sit down and create goals. These goals could be anything from finishing a certain grade in school, learning a new vocational skill, or other tasks that will help them succeed. Once they have reached these goals, they can complete our program. These goals are stored in a folder called "My Plan" and each child creates this folder at the age of 12-13.
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What happens when my sponsored child turns 18? Does she age out of the program? If so, where does my sponsorship go? Do I select another child?

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Sponsorship question.
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What happens when your sponsored child turns 18? Can we continue supporting them in any way? Also, is there anyway to also sponsor your child's siblings if they do not currently have a sponsor? (Our child is turning 17, and I know she has other brothers and sisters.)

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What happens to my child when she turns 18?.
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If your child completes the child sponsorship program and continues to the leadership program, you will have the opportunity to continue your sponsorship. If not, you may consider continuing your correspondence with your sponsored child. To learn about the risks of this and how to do it, please see this topic: http://support.compassion.com/compass...
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My sponsored child will be turning 18 in March. Will I still be her sponsor after she turns 18? Her home country is Haiti.

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What happens to sponsorship after child turns 18?.
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Hi,
We have been sponsoring a child for some time now. When does the sponsorship end? The reason I ask is that our ministry is in a place where we want to redirect our funds towards a project our church is involved in, but do not want to leave a student without support?
Please advise the terms of commitment for this sponsor-a-child?
Thanks

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Sponsorship Length.
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If you need a better idea of when your child will complete the CI program, you can use the maximum age for the country as a guide, which is found here:

http://support.compassion.com/compass...

Perhaps someone with the ability to do so could merge those responses into here to not have the information in 2 places :-)
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Will do!
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From Becky, our Champ:

The age limits vary by country as 57sandrakay said.

If you login to your compassion.com account and select your child's name, then in the child information tab (under the 'learn more about your child's name' section) it lists a subcategory of schooling, which includes a completion date (YYYYMMDD). That is the date your when the child is scheduled to finish the CI program. As in the US, children do not magically become self sufficient at 18. Many students in CI's program do not graduate high school before age 18. CI provides training opportunities that are designed to provide the children with a means to be economically self-sufficient when they finish the CI program. I highly encourage you to write to your child and ask him or her what he or she wants to be when he or she grows up. You can write to your child through the mail or with your compassion.com account.

Keep in mind that a graduation age of 22 typically means that on a child's 23rd birthday they age out of the program, i.e., they are able to continue in the program until they are older than the age listed. I would appreciate if someone from CI could confirm this information. My child lives in Brazil where the maximum age is 20, but apparently for his project, he will be leaving sooner (several months after turning 18).

I searched ourcompassion.org journals for 'graduation age' and came up with the following post from a fellow sponsor (Marci C) from a journal titled 'graduation age'

"The corporate maximum age for planned completion is 22 years old. Within the parameters of the corporate maximum age, countries can define their own maximum age based on local factors.

Africa
Burkina Faso 22
Ethiopia 22
Ghana 22
Kenya 22
Rwanda 22
Tanzania 22
Togo 22
Uganda 22,

Asia
Bangladesh 22
India 21
East India 22
Indonesia 22
Philippines 21
Thailand 22

Middle America
Dominican Republic 20
El Salvador 18
Guatemala 20
Haiti 20
Honduras 18
Mexico 18,
Nicaragua 18

South America
Bolivia 22
Brazil 20
Colombia 18
Ecuador 20
Peru 18

The countries are different in how they determine completion dates and when they report those. Some countries wait until the children are older to determine a completion plan as some children progress slower than others.
(I think this may have originally been posted here on OC by Julie Berger [CI sponsor and advocate], but I kept a copy in Word for easy reference.)"
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My child is 19; that's not even a child anymore. I thought that 18 was the cutoff... is it 20?

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At what age does our sponsorship end?.
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I was just curious as to how long I have had my child, and how long does the sponsorship continue?

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How long have I sponsored my child?.
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Aging out: What happens to my sponsored child when she turns 21?.
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The child we have been sponsoring is almost 22 years old. How long do we sponsor him?

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Length of sponsorship.
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Oldest age (of support) for a child in Africa? The oldest age I saw available was about 17. Does that mean that support would end at / after age 18? I was thinking (read: am inclined) to consider support for older children nearest the end of program eligibility. I would like to see them get at least some-albeit brief--benefit & exposure to the love & support of Compassion resources & myself.

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Maximum program age in Africa?.
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Donald Laughhunn

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I believe this has been answered now. Per an earlier post that the maximum age in African nations is 22, coupled with the oldest available child turning 17 this coming October, I am left to assume that for whatever reasons, African children generally exit the program (much) sooner than the attainment of the maximum age of 22.
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Hey Donald! Not all children leave our program early. The children between ages 17-22 in Africa may either already be sponsored, or be available for sponsorship but not available on our website. Only a small percentage of children available for sponsorship are listed on our website. If you're looking for a child with specific criteria, it would be best to contact us by phone or email.
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Donald Laughhunn

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My apologies. Thanks for the correction / insight Shaina. I didn't consider that sponsored children between 17 - 22 would not be listed. Foolish oversight on my part. Thanks again Shaina.
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No apologies necessary! Have a great day.
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One of my sponsored children has turned 18. what happens to them now?
Do I continue to support them as usual? Do they leave home?
thanks

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After their 18th birthday.....what next?.
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Howdy!
My child (EI4180130) turns 18 tomorrow. Can y'all tell me if that ends my connection with him through Compassion International or if the plan is for me to continue supporting him until another understood time? This will help me to plan accordingly with supporting a second child now or after another date.

Thanks!
Colter

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When does my child stop receiving my support.
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Hello,

I had a quick question about my sponsor child; she is now 18. How long do sponsorships continue?

Thank you!

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How long are sponsorships?.
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Tim Vesey

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Does my sponsorship end at a certain age or do I sponsor indefinitely?

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how long does a child get sponsored.
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My sponsored child is 17. We have sponsored him since he was 5. I am wondering what will happen as he grows older?

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My sponsored child is 17.
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How do I know when my sponsored child will be graduating from the program?

My sponsored child is sixteen years old. The online information says that he is currently in the US equivalent of the fourth grade.

Is it possible for him to "age out" of the program before he completes school?

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Graduation from Child Sponsorship Program.
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Hi Hannah! Some of the children in Compassion's program start school later because they may not have been able to start school until they started the program. Also, some of the children just take a little longer to progress through school than other children. As you can see above, each country has a max completion date which ranges between 18-22 years of age. It is possible for a him to "age out" before he completes school. Our goal for him is that, even if he ages out, he would at least have some vocational training to support himself and his family if need be.
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I am so happy to be able to sponsor four of your children. they are great kids! who need love and good education! we in America take school for granted and health conditions.
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And we are so thankful to have you as a sponsor!
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The child I sponsor will be 17 soon. At what age do they graduate or move on from Compassion. Is there a cut off point?

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Age limit for Compassion.
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How long is a sponsorship for?.

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