Facebook friends with sponsored child's parent?

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My child's mom added me on FB today and thanked me for sponsoring her child. She was kind and appropriate in my opinion, but I can't help feeling like this could be dangerous. I can't actually imagine how though. I would love to know more about this child and his mother and befriend her. I have often wanted more info about my children than what has been provided. What are your thoughts, is this safe? Appropriate?
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Brittany McCullin Veuleman

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KristenH, Champion

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Hi Brittany! I'm another sponsor like you, but hopefully I can help. Compassion wrote a great article about why they don't allow contact between sponsor and child (or their family) outside of the program.
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Hi Brittany! I completely understand your desire to learn more about your child through a faster, more convenient way like social media. Regrettably, we strongly advise that sponsors not respond to communication outside of Compassion. It's important for the child and the child's family to respect and follow Compassion's guidelines as well as honor the privacy of the sponsor. These contacts may develop into potentially problematic situations for Compassion and the sponsor. In order to protect both parties, Compassion does not allow direct contact between children, including family members, and their sponsors. We are committed to confidentiality and privacy and can only ensure this with communication solely through Compassion. Sadly, we also cannot guarantee that it is actually your child who is trying to contact you. Please know that our hearts behind these guidelines are to protect and keep the children safe. The blog article that Kristen shared above is indeed very helpful! I also encourage you to read our blog "Why I Can't Communicate With My Sponsored Child Via Facebook". We would like to have the opportunity to kindly ask your sweet kiddo and his family to honor our communication guidelines, so would you please let me know which of your children's mom has befriended you on Facebook? Please rest assured that your boy and his family will not be in trouble, and we only want to remind them of why they should communication solely through Compassion. In addition, I highly recommend no longer communicating with your child's parent until your child has graduated and left the Compassion program. Thank you so much for honoring our guidelines and helping us keep your precious children safe :). I look forward to your reply! 

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