Can I tell my sponsored child what city I live in?

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I'm trying to write my first letter to my child. One of the first things that came to my mind was telling him what city I live in. Is that ok? I read we can't write specific addresses. A city isn't too specific is it? I live in the U.S.

Also, can/should I ask him to send pictures of him and his family? Or will Compassion do that?
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I've told mine and sent them postcards from where I live which went through, so I assume it's fine, but yeah, I wouldn't give a street name or anything like that. 

As for photos, Compassion gives out a photo every 2 years of your child and you get them with gifts of over $60.  Some kids just send extra ones, but it's not too common so I asked my kids (Compassion won't do it) for family photos.  Note: They won't all have them to send and one of my kids did send me his own copy of an old well-loved photo (crinkled with a coffee stain on it and a few years old).  I made a copy and sent the copy back so he didn't lose his only family photo.  When I ask, I always say something like "I'd love to see your family, do you have a photo you could send me? If not, would you draw me a picture of them."  That way there's no pressure.  Some of the kids have sent the photos, but most were not able to get one. 
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Only every two years! Wow. Thanks for your answer! Blessings
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Well, that's the max time... I have had photos update after 1.5 years, and had gift photos with less than $60 too.  Theres just no guarantee of that.  Also, if the child has been in the program for awhile before you sponsored him, you can ask for a previous photo of him emailed to you  (Always ask for email copies of photos, they are better quality and bigger!).  COmpassion keeps 1 previous photo of your child in the database, so ask before it updates.  (And it updates from the last update time, not the time you sponsored him, so unless it JUST updated, you likely won't have to wait 2 years the first time.  On your online account it tells you when it last updated. )
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James, 

I apologize for my late reply. You are welcome to mention what city you live in. As you mentioned, we ask that you not give your child your direct contact information (full address). However, it's fun to discuss what type of environment you live in - city, country, state, hot, cold, mountainous, desert, etc - and how that might be different than where your sponsored child lives. 

As Teresa Dawn mentioned, Compassion does full information updates, including photos, for all of our children every two years (or every 18-24 months). If you send an additional gift of $60 or more to your child or their family, you will receive a photo of your child with their gift (within six months of when the gift is sent).  

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