Completed Age for Sponsorship

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I am wondering what is the completed age for sponsoring a child? I was under the impression it was 18 yr. We have sponsored our child for 11 yrs. and she is now 19 yrs. old. I'm not sure how long we can continue. And should we write to the child also and tell her when we have to stop the sponsorship, as a courtesy to her?
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Josephine Titus

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Becky, Champion

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Hi Josephine, you've made an extremely long term commitment to your child, which surely has blessed her deeply! First, if you ever are unable to continue your sponsorship, CI will make your child available for another sponsor and the program benefits (education, vocational, social, physical and spiritual) will continue uninterrupted for your child. If you discontinue as her sponsor, you are able to write a final letter prior to the sponsorship being discontinued. You do not need to go into detail about why you cannot continue financially supporting your child-you can simply mention how you have enjoyed sponsoring her, will continue to pray for her and whatever other information you wish to mention.

The maximum age for sponsorship is set by the CI project staff in each country, with a maximum age of 22. As in the USA, children are not magically self-sufficient economically (or even done with high school in all cases) at the age of 18. In at least some countries, Haiti for instance, high school doesn't end until the 13th grade. In all countries, children often start school up to several years late, which is sometimes in part due to the inability to pay the school fees until the children are registered with CI and start receiving financial assistance for school. CI's program goals (not requirements) are not simply to have the children graduate high school, but also include (from this CI blog entry on How Long Does My Sponsorship Last ):
  • Follow Jesus Christ in faith and deed as part of their spiritual training.
  • Support themselves and share with others in need as part of their economic training.
  • Be responsible members of their family, church, community and nation as part of their social training.
  • Maintain their own physical well-being.
You can check what age your child is scheduled to complete the program on your compassion.com account. Simply click on your child's name under the 'My Commitments' section of the webpage after you log-in, then scroll down to the 'Child Information' tab, and under the 'Schooling' heading, the completion date is listed in YYYYMMDD format. This age is an estimate and can change depending upon the child's specific circumstances although it will never exceed the age of 22.

Feel free to ask any follow-up questions :-)
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Josephine Titus

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Thank you for the quick reply. That was very helpful. 
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Emily

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Good morning Josephine! I am very sorry for any confusion there may have been in how long your sponsorship lasts. After reviewing your account, I see that you have been Roselyn's only sponsor that she has had while in our program. This is such a blessing for your child and we appreciate your commitment to her in helping her reach this point in her life. I also want to personally thank you for your faithful letter writing to her throughout the years and the impact you have made on her!

I hope that you were able to find Roselyn's expected completion date on your My Account using the helpful directions that Becky gave above! :) Just in case, I looked at your account and we expect your girl to finish our program in April of 2017. Once your child reaches their final planned year in the program, we will send you reminders and information so that you may prepare to say goodbye. Although our hope is that you are able to support your girl through the duration of her time in the project, please know that there is no obligation to continue your sponsorship and you are able to discontinue at anytime if you need to. I also want to encourage you that we are happy to assist you during short term financial difficulties and have options we can offer you that may help you maintain your sponsorship.  Please let me know if you want more information on the options we have available or if you have further questions and I would love to answer those for you.
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My correspondent child, Saidi, in Tanzania, turned 22 in May. However, I'm being told that he's still in the program, over 4 months after he should have completed. I would really like to be writing and encouraging a child who is actually in the program. Also, I feel that this is unfair to his financial sponsor, to be paying support for a child who is likely not enrolled in the project, because he had almost certainly aged out. Will you look into this and let me know what's going on?
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Susan, Sponsor and Donor Relations, Social Media

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Jessica, I am so sorry to keep you waiting for this child to complete the program. We normally check on completions at sixty days past the anticipated date. I am sending an inquiry to our field office in Tanzania to check on Saidi. Saidi may be just finishing up his vocational training as a tour guide and may actually still be active at the center. However, as soon as we hear back from Tanzania, I will let you know what we find out.  
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Thank you, my husband and I will continue to pray about our sponsorship with Roselyn and will let you know if and when we will discontinue. We will also write a letter to her before doing so. 
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I had a question. I recently sponsored a child (now age 17) and he plans on completing school at age 22. After he completes school, is it not allowed to contact the correspondent child under any circumstances or just recommended? I read an article about the feelings this can cause (disappointment, hurt, confusion) once all contact is cut off and on the other hand the concern for dependence if contact is continued. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-13697855 I'm new to sponsorship so I was just wondering how Compassion approaches this. Thanks!
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Emily

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Hi Katie! 

Thank you so much for choosing to sponsor an older child! It is more difficult to find loving sponsor's for our older children and so this is a huge blessing for him! Once we contact you with information that your child has graduated from the project and is no longer in Compassion's program, it is up to you if you communicate further with your child through social media or other means.  Although we do allow sponsor's to continue writing when a child leaves the program, we strongly discourage it as we no longer monitor the communication between you and your child.  At that point, your letters would not filter through our office in Colorado Springs as they do while he is in our project and instead would be directly back and forth between you and your boy. We also no longer provide translation or watch for content that may have privacy or safety concerns. Many times, another obstacle is that our children do not have resources available to them for sending letters through the postal system. For this reason, we encourage our sponsor's to prayerfully consider this before making a decision.

After reading the article you posted, I understand the concerns it brings up regarding the effects that cutting off communication may have on your child. Because we are a holistic child development program, we know that to bring a child out of poverty it requires more than monetary support that provides physical and educational aid. Poverty is also a spiritual issue, and Compassion values the personal relationships our sponsor's build with these children and the impact it makes on their futures. Although we find it necessary to discourage continued communication once the child leaves our program, We strongly believe in the power of each letter that is sent back and forth during sponsorship. Your letters boost your child's spirit in ways that sponsorship alone cannot. Through letters, you have the opportunity to personally reach out and speak truth into your child where he otherwise might not hear that he is loved, prayed for, and believed in. Our children are always welcome to take their letters home with them and most have a special place just for letters from their sponsor's; a place they can return to and read them over and over again. Although the communication may not continue on for a lifetime, your personal ministry to your child makes an eternal impact and can give him hope for years to come.
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