Hi Caitlin! Our children do not email us but they do write us! Your child will write you at least 2 times a year. If you write frequently(once a month or so) you can expect up to 4 additional letters in return. The letters will be written at the project then be sent to the country office your child is in and translated. Then they will be mailed to Compassion's office in Colorado before being sent on to you. This process takes approx. 2-3 months.