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Hello! My sponsor child graduated early! Yay and bummer cause I loved being his sponsor. Anyways, it was very unexpected. I received a final letter from him a few months after. I never received a form of anything for my final letter. Is there a form for it? Also, I wanted to include the final graduation gift. But I wasn't sure how to go about that either. My name on Compassion is Michelle Cary - recently married and didn't change it with you because he had graduated. I appreciate your help.
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Sarah, Sponsor and Donor Relations, Social Media

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Hi Michelle! Congratulations on your marriage! It looks like you sponsored Jorge for about twelve years! Thank you so much for the significant investment you made in his life during that time. Regrettably, we can only accept final letters and gifts up to three months after the child has graduated. Because Jorge graduated in October 2015, we don't have the ability to send a final letter or final gift to him now. Tracking children once they leave the program is beyond the scope of what Compassion is able to do. I am so sorry, Michelle. Please know that every one of your letters to Jorge will be treasured for years to come, your words bringing continued hope and encouragement throughout his life. Keep praying over him as well. 
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I am wondering, when children are leaving the program, doesn't Compassion notify the sponsor so they have time to send a final letter or request to keep in contact with the child?
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Beth, continuing correspondence with a child is not something Compassion proactively offers to sponsors because we don't encourage continued contact because of privacy and security. So if a sponsor asks about it, we will provide this information but it's not communicated automatically to every sponsor who has a child leaving our program. Also, we do notify sponsors when their child leaves the program and give the opportunity to write a final letter. But a final letter can only be sent within 3 months of the child leaving our program and there are certain situations when a final letter cannot be sent such as if a child moves away and we no longer have contact with them or an address to send it to. A form with stationary is not sent, final letters are done with your own stationary unless you request we mail you extra stationary. 

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