Does my child really write these letters?

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Does my child really write these letters or is someone writing them for her? By that I don’t mean she is sitting there while someone is helping her. I mean is someone writing the letters on her behalf. Often it feels like the letters I receive come from many different people - wording, phrases, tone - all different.
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It depends on the age of the child. I have children who have parents and tutors write the letter for the child. Then I have older kids who write their own. Most of my kids started writing around age 10 or 11 on their own. 
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Also all of your letters are translated by the first available translator. So there is a decent chance that they're translated by different people.
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Robyn, thank you so much for letting us know about this issue. We really appreciate all the live-changing love and support you are providing for these two precious girls!

Are you concerned about Charity or Eliza's letters or both? Charity is seventeen and Eliza is eighteen years old so they should both be writing their own letters at this point.

I looked at the last three letters from Charity. Each of the letters have a slight variation in handwriting but do appear to be the same person and they all include some of the same phrases. For example, each of them roughly begins with these two sentences, "How are you and how is your life over there? Back to me, I am fine." It's amazing that she writes so much. One of them is four pages long! That's more than I see with other children. 

I wonder if you are concerned about Eliza's letters. It does look like there is quite a gap between her letters. That said, I don't see any letters to her in quite a while either. We can send an inquiry for lack of correspondence in her case in February. Regrettably, due to the gap in letters and that we started scanning letters in April 2016, I only have one letter from June to look at for Eliza. The letter does appear to be fairly short and sweet and she has very frilly handwriting. Do you have any previous letters that we could look at to compare the handwriting and style? If so, please send them to and we would be happy to look into this further for you.

Sometimes the stationary (the barcode at the top is specific to the child and sponsor) can get mixed up and then sent to the wrong sponsor so it is possible that one of the letters you are speaking of actually was not written by Eliza. It could also be one of the options that Andrea and Kristen aptly pointed out. It's just tough to tell without seeing the letter.

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