Do sponsored children have an opportunity to visit their sponsors?

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I was thinking about taking a Compassion trip, but then thought, how much more valuable would it be if my child came to the US?  Perhaps when he is 18, or old enough that his parents feel comfortable about allowing him to travel, he could visit me in the US.  I would pay for the trip, and he could stay in my home.  I know people sponsor exchange students frequently, why not have that exchange student be someone you already know and love?

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Sarah
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Sarah, Sponsor and Donor Relations, Social Media

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Hi Sarah! Compassion actually does not facilitate trips allowing the sponsored children to come to the US to visit their sponsors. Logistics wise, this can be very difficult to do because of all the paperwork and approvals needed just to receive a visa to the US from most counties. It is also outside our area of expertise and we do not have the resources available to manage these kinds of requests. Instead, we do offer the opportunity for sponsors to visit their children in the country the child lives, which is a wonderful and very valuable experience for both the sponsor and child :).