I haven't heard from my child in six months or longer. What should I do?

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i havent received a letter from my sponsored child in quite some time now and i sent her two i do know that it takes a while to receive and respond but its been past the usual four to six months and im starting to be concerned.
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Shaina Moats

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I'm sorry it's been so long! Please call or email us so we can look at your account and contact our field office.
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Kristi LaQuey Hilton

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I never heard from my child and it has been four months. How do I know the money even went to them? I called the office and they said it could take up to two months to get a reply back as to what is going on. I wanted my son to have someone to interact with every month or so.
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Hi Kristi, I can assure you that your monthly sponsorship monies do reach your child as well as any additional financial gifts, which I think is what you are describing. When you mention wanting someone for your son to interact with every month or so, it certainly is possible for you and your son to mail him a letter (or write a letter online). CI's new letter writing system means that your child (at a minimum) responds with one letter per 60 day period that the child received a letter. If you write less often, then you still will receive a minimum of 2 letters per year from your child. All sponsors receive one letter per year from a project staff member (pastor, director, or tutor, etc.). It does take some time for letters to start flowing in both directions given the 2-3 months for a letter to be received by your child (depending on project location), so in the meantime aside from writing letters you could some searching to learn more about the country and area your child lives in-the CI blog has lots of entries with specifics for each country that is a simple place to start. I do not have kids, but many other sponsors with kids, on ourcompassion.org (a network of sponsors) have posted things they have done with their children to keep them actively engaged in sponsorship outside of writing and receiving letters.

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