How do I end my sponsorship? I can no longer sponsor my child.

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I am no longer able to support my child. How do I end my support obligation?
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Haley, Sponsor and Donor Relations, Operations

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Hi Scott - we are happy to help you and may have some options to keep you connected to your sponsored child. Please call us at 800.336.7676. We are available Monday - Friday, 7:00am - 5:30pm, MT. You can also email us at ciinfo@us.ci.org.
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I have recently found that donating monthly to my sponsor child is becoming a financial burden. I am deeply sorry but I can no longer sponsor my child. Can I not be billed in the 2012 calender year?

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Sponsorship Challenge.
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what happens if i have to stop sponsoring a child because my parents don't agree with it? im crying about this because i feel like im so alone and they just want me to focus on college and i can't spend my money on anything else until im 18, which is in like 6 months so please help me

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Stop sponsoring a child?.
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I am praying for you. :)
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kylerinker3

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actually all worked out..i can still sponsor!
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Roana Bianca Reyes

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praise God! :)
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i also started sponsoring young (age 16) and I picked a 3 year old so I have a long committment til he is 18. I was unemployed for a year and debated stopping but what I realized and what you can share with your parents is that I would have wasted the 38 dollars a month on something else anyways. And lots of people tried to convince me to stop sponsoring when we would look at my budget. But I looked at it as I can go without something so that this little boy can live a better life. In a year it would be 456 dollars. Thats so much less than we spend on other bills, going out to eat, car insurance, college loans and so much more. To me 456 wasn't a lot in a year to put a smile on a little boys face and to bring happiness to his family. I have been sponsoring him for 10 years now. I love to look at the pictures he sends and how they have developed over the years from scribbles to angles saying I love you : ) Its worth it to me. I wish your parents could see it like we do. I know this is months later now and you are 18. Id like to hear if you are still sponsoring or not : )
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I'm sorry to hear you can no longer continue your sponsorship, but we do think its best to follow your parent's wishes. Please contact us at (800) 336-7676 to talk to a representative about your sponsorship.
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I lost my job a couple months ago. Is it possible to transfer my sponsorship?

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Lost job. Need help with my girl :(.
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I'm sorry to hear your lost your job, Stacy. Please contact us by phone or email to discuss options for stopping your sponsorship.
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Hello, due to unfortunate unforeseen circumstances, I no longer have the ability to financially sponsor my child. How do I properly go about removing the direct payment options?

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Ending Sponsorship.
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I am getting ready to go off to college and due my money problems i can no longer sponsor my child. i hate to give him up but i need to start saving more money for college. i do not make much to begin with and i have been going as along as i could with sponsoring my child. I dont want to give him up but i know it would be best for me to do so until i am out of college. I do not know how to end my sponsorship...
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Shaina Moats

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I'm sorry to hear that Karlie! Please contact us using the tab above to cancel your sponsorship.
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I am pregnant and may not be able to afford $38.00 a month any more; I need to take care of my family, too :( Are there any options?

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PREGNANT AND CAN'T AFFORD TO KEEP HELPING - BUT WANT TO!!!!.
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I cannot afford to keep sponsoring my child. I feel horrible, but would rather them be passed to someone who can afford to sponsor them. How do I go about this

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Sponsor needed to take over adorable and heart melting little girl from El Salvador.
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it's a sad decision, but we are taking break to sponsor Emmanuel. Can you please find someone for him for now. Thank you,
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I'm sorry to hear that. Please contact us directly using the "Contact Us" tab above to cancel your account.
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Ryan Ellis

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I need to cancel my account

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This is Ryan Ellis.
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if there is one month where I cannot come up with the money, am I still able to sponsor my child? I chose to sponsor a child a few weeks back, not having a job and just listening to what the Holy Spirit told me to do. Unfortunately, I still do not have a job. I've been sending in multiple applications to many different places, but never hearing anything back. I want to sponsor my child, but I'm not sure that I will be able to make the payment for April. Is there anything I can to in order to continue my sponsorship?
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Don't be sad Emily! You can definitely still continue your sponsorship- even if you aren't able to contribute for a month. Please give us a call so we can discuss a few options with you. Praying that you find a job soon! I know how stressful that can be.
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cannot continue to sponsor anymore iwant it stopped the first of the year please dont bill me for January
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i am no longer able to support my child financially. how do i end my sponcership?

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how to end sponcership.
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i accidentally clicked on Eymi Michell Mendoza Sanchez (HO5130093) picture because i wanted to see if the picture could go any larger but it accidentally put her as one of my sponsorships. im sorry but i can not afford to do two children.

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Jonathan Cauley

I am super new to this Compassion International thing. Started thinking about sponsoring a child. My mom even said, that I could. I'm jobless & I've always wanted to have a little sister. So I thought of Sponsoring a little girl. But by the end of this yr, if I started sponsoring her. I won't have enough money to continue sponsoring her. Not including the Compassion Interenational Trip, that will cost me a fortune. Because it's so overly expensive. I have my mind on 2 children from Mexico & a few from El Savador or Guatemala. But if my child wants me to visit, I will not be able to sponsor her anymore. Because of the trip. I'm not going to be mean here, but I need some money. If I were to take the trip to visit my child. Just saying, that's the honest truth.

I almost feel like this is for the rich & worthy. Because I'm clearly not rich at all & I only have like 700 dollars in my bank account. so there, you see what I mean, by a fortune. If I were to visit my child. So would my child be happy enough to see letters & pictures, plus money going to her? If I decide not to visit her, which I'm not trying to be mean here, but I literally can't afford the trip to visit her.
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Hey Jonathan! Sponsorship is definitely not for the "rich and worthy". I know a lot of sponsors who struggle to continue their sponsorship, but they find ways to make ends meet. If you don't have a job at this time, you could always do other fundraising ideas like a bake sale, car wash, mowing lawns, etc.
While taking a trip to meet your child is a wonderful experience, it is definitely not required. Actually, a very small percentage of children have the opportunity to meet their sponsor. Although you may not have the funds to meet the child you choose to sponsor, Steph is correct (she responded to you in another post), your letters of encouragement mean the world to a sponsored child.
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Jonathan, I know hundreds of sponsors and only a few have ever been able to visit any of their sponsored children. At the moment, I am fundraising to be able to visit our first sponsored child in Ghana. Little by little, I may be able to raise the funds but I know that there is likely no way I could ever visit all 12 of our Compassion kids.

I remind myself, if I am faithful to God and faithful to disciple to these little ones, I will certainly be able to hug them all in Heaven one day.

Please do not get hung up on the idea of going to visit. Yes, it would be wonderful but it is certainly not a requirement.

Praying for you as I see that you have a passion to help but I don't want to see you lose the joy that comes from helping. We should do all things with a spirit of joy.
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It's me again (Jonathan Cauley)

I just want to express, how misserable I feel right now. Not being able to afford just only one trip to visit my child. The child, that I am thinking about sponsoring. It melts my heart away to know that I can't even sponsor my child for 1 yr. Because I've just realized that it's like $850.oo for 1 whole yr. And like I said before, the most I think I've had in my account was $900. This was when I graduated high school, and that's not even enough to afford the least amount or lowest affordable Trip. Which I believe it was Mexico-not sure though. But yea. So I'm completely sad, Heart Broken & I feel Horrible, Misserable, and just so not giving right now. You can even say that I'm not careing enough, if you want. I don't mind!

But Anyways, I'de love it! If I Prayed to God, for me to be able to sponsor a child & visit her through-out the year. Plus keep sponsoring her, so she can really feel the love from me. That would be such a Blessing & would mean so much to me. Because, I've always wanted to Visit a place outside the U.S. Like always always! :) So having my prayer answer, would be such a miracel & would be so nice!! Not going to lie about that, it really would. So please. . . If you pray for me about me having enough to sponsor & visit my child. I will definitely keep praying that all the children would be sponsored. ;)
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Hi Jonathan. The minority of sponsors pay their sponsorship for a whole year at a time, so not having the money upfront for an entire year of sponsorship is not a problem. Also, as Shaina and Michelle said above, most sponsors do not visit their children. It is not an issue of desire to go, but many sponsors simply do not have the funds to go visit their kids. Others chose to sponsor multiple children instead of sponsoring one and visiting many. I made the decision to sponsor my first child over 10 years ago and ever since not once have I regretted it nor felt bad that I could not visit my child. My first child told me that his 'dream was to know me' and that involved having me visit. I wished it was possible, but at the time as a student it simply was not. I wrote that child and assured him that I loved him very much and wanted him to know me well through my letters to him and his letters to me. Just because a child expresses a dream of meeting you does not mean that you are a bad sponsor for not visiting. The children do not expect you to drop their sponsorship if you are unable to meet a dream of knowing you. On the contrary, their hopes would be dashed more if they voiced a dream and the sponsor told them that they had to stop sponsoring because of being unable to visit. Letters to a sponsored child are a huge part of building a relationship. I grew up with a close friend that I was a pen-pal with (on real paper). Our friendship admittedly started from a visit in person, but we went years without seeing each other and continued to write letters.

Personally, I may be visiting my two kids next year. But, if that happens, then it will be due to a pending business trip inside the country that is only several hours from where my kids live. So, the funds necessary to travel within the country would be minimal as I would already be in the country rather than having to pay airfare to get to the country that is the most expensive part of going to visit. That would be an individual visit and as such much cheaper than a sponsor tour. http://www.compassion.com/get-involve...

If you feel led to sponsor a child, then please do sponsor and invest your time into writing that child and letting him or her know how much you pray for him or her and love him or her. I would argue that is much more important than waiting to sponsor until you can go visit a child.
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This is one of the children, that has been on my mind & that I was thinking about sponsoring. She is such a cute! Sweet thing she is, I totally wish that I could sponsor her right now!! . . . . . . Bythe way, same person agian.. Sorry, just really want to sponsor. Just been doing nothing but, thinking about sponsoring a child & a way that i could keep sponsoring a child.
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Hallow everyone, i am a student at one of the universities in Kenya- Nairobi. Am the second year and an remaining with the 2 years to complete my undergraduate studies and fulfill my big dream. Am in short of school fees even if the money is paid through the school, i will appreciate. Kindly help me and contact me on alexlibendi@yahoo.com. Thanks all for reading.
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I'm heading off to college, will have no job, and my parents do not have the extra funds to support my child. What do I do?

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I cannot afford to sponsor my child any longer. What do I do?.
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I have been unemployed since January and have been working odd-jobs, however those are getting few and far between. Due to no steady income, I am not able to sponsor my child anymore. How do I go about dropping my sponsorship?

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Job-loss, unable to sponsor anymore..
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Hallow there, i am a student at one of the universities in Kenya- Nairobi. Am the second year and an remaining with the 2 years to complete my undergraduate studies and fulfill my big dream. Am in short of school fees even if the money is paid through the school, i will appreciate. Kindly help me and contact me on alexlibendi@yahoo.com. Thanks all for reading.
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I am in the proccess of getting married and am no longer financially able to pay $38 a month. How do I discontinue my sponsorship?
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Shaina Moats

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Sorry to hear you need to cancel! Please contact us by phone or email to stop your sponsorship.
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I'm entering college soon and I haven't had the money to be able to pay for my sponsored child. Is there a possibility I can put the payment on hold for a while and then be able to begin paying it again after I have enough money? I don't want to stop sponsoring Weerasit.
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Shaina Moats

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Hey Trisha! Give us a call or email us and we can talk about some options you have in order to continue your sponsorship.
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I signed up for the $38 per month donation. this is all I can afford at this time, as a single mom of 2. Compassions charged me the $45. Should I stick with it? I want to but am upset they didn't abide by original agreement. it makes me worry about what else is Mis-stated.
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Hello!
Yes, I think you should stick with Compassion. There is a thing called Partners of Compassion. For an extra $7 a month, it helps kids in critical emergencies get what they need like clean water, orphan care, malaria treatment and prevention and more. It is possible that there was some confusion and this was added to your monthly sponsorship. Just call Compassion tomorrow 800-336-7676. Tell them that you would like to just pay the $38 a month, and they will switch it for you. Congrats on becoming a sponsor. It is awesome. I think your sponsored child would love it if your two kids sent him/her a drawing or colored picture along with your letter. Just a thought though. God bless, Lizzie :)

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