Did my letter reach my child?

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I received a letter from my child in February, and I sent one back myself within a few weeks of receiving it. Several months later, I got another letter from my child, but they didn't seem to get my first one. I asked a lot of questions and things like that in my letter, but none of that was addressed in the letter I got back. Is it common to receive generic letters like that, or is there a chance they didn't get my letter? 
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Brian Stepanek

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Shannon Massey, Employee

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Hi Brain!
I do see that your letter from February did go through just fine and Cristian did receive it. Honestly, many of our children struggle with the concept of writing a letter. You are probably the only person your child will ever write a letter to, and sometimes children have trouble grasping the concept of having a “conversation” by mail. Furthermore, when children receive their letters, they often take them home and put them in a special place. When it is letter writing day at their project, they may forget to bring your letter back and may not have any references to your letter’s content. Sometimes the staff will write a list of suggestions or letter samples on the board to help the children in their letter writing. This is one reason letters can sound scripted or unoriginal; out of a deep desire to communicate with their sponsors, children will copy the samples or follow the list word for word. If you have specific questions for your child, we suggest that you keep them brief, simple, and number and highlight each question. This will call the staff’s attention to your questions. In addition, the more that you write, the more they will become comfortable with you, and you will likely get better quality letters as the child gets to know you. :)

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