At what age does our sponsorship end?

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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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It depends on the country. In many countries, it is 18. My young man in Dominican Republic finished at 18. However in some African countries and India, children can stay until 21 as long as they are still attending the program and enrolled in some educational program. My friend and I both sponsor children in India who have graduated from high school and are enrolled in college. They attend the project on Saturdays because they are busy with college and their studies during the week. Between the special family gifts we send, money their families have been able to put aside, and some help from their projects, their college fees are paid. We are blessed to be able to help them in this way.
I think they are a blessing to their project, too, as they are helpers and mentors for the younger children.

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The age limits vary by country as 57sandrakay said.

If you login to your 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 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 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.

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

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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I mean that I would like someone from CI confirm the age list I pulled from OC rather than that an age of 22 means they graduate on their 23rd birthday. I re-arranged my post and didn't notice I should have changed that sentence. Thanks :-)