Has my child had a sponsor before?

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I read somewhere that sometimes sponsors decide not to/cannot continue sponsoring their child and then that child will be put back in the system.  I don't want to ask my child about this, since it seems like a kind of sensitive topic, but is there any other way to find out if my child has ever had a sponsor before?  The girl I just started sponsoring is 13 already, so I was just curious whether she's just starting the compassion program or if she'd been there a while and had another sponsor.
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Carleen Long

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Michael

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When I went through the Advocate training it was explained that Compassion will enroll children between the ages of 5 - 11. Children under the age of 5 have previously been covered by the Child Survival Program (which helps mothers to care for their young children). Any child over the age of 11 has probably been sponsored previously.

That being said, I've been noticing children under the age of 5 among the child packets at some of the events for which I've volunteered. So, it is possible that Compassion has widened the age range, recently. I also know that Compassion has changed their policy on the number of children that can be sponsored from a particular family. It used to be 1 child per family but Compassion is now allowing siblings in the same home to be sponsored.

I hope this has helped.

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Teresa Dawn

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I don't know how far back it was 5-10, but it was 3-10 when I started sponsoring 4 years ago and recently it became 1-10 :) (Though I think there are even exceptions for this.  One of my boys attends a project that says it is a boarding home for the kids, so they live at the project.  This project only has boys in it and they are all age 13-22)
The sibling thing depends on the project.  Compassion allows up to 3 kids per family in a project with exceptions for exceptional cases.  (I've seen a group of quadruplets on the website for example).  BUT the projects are given the freedom to choose 1-3 kids per family based on the needs in their area.  Many do choose to have 1 per family still, especially if there are many poor families that need help in the area, but if there are fewer poor families in the area they sometimes allow more.  I'd say about 40% of my 50 kids (most correspondent) have siblings enrolled in Compassion. 
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Someone from Compassion will be able to give you a definite answer, but I do know that kids have to be 9 or under when they're registered so it's very likely your child has had previous sponsors.
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Emily

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Hi Carleen! Your kiddo has had one previous sponsor before you. Although our hope and prayer is that the sponsor will be able to see that child finish our program, we know that this is not always possible for our sponsors to do. Our program registers children under the age of 10 into our program. If a sponsor has to discontinue for whatever reason, whether it be financial or personal circumstances, we certainly understand this but we try to find that child another sponsor as soon as possible :). We believe that the relationship between a sponsor and a child is so valuable and has such a great impact on a child's success and confidence in our program. But a child only ever has one sponsor at a time.
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Emily

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Carleen, the average wait time is about four months and sometimes it's longer for children but actually, your little lady only waited about one month for you! :) Praise God! We love when the wait is not long for these precious children.
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Carleen Long

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That's great news! is there any way of knowing how she was told her sponsor was not continuing the sponsorship? (By the sponsor or if they just ended it abruptly?)
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Carleen, there is no way of knowing whether the sponsor sent a letter notifying the child that they were going to stop the sponsorship. However, in the majority of cases, children are told by staff that their sponsor canceled and they are not given a reason for sponsor privacy. This is why I typically recommend a final letter because it can really bring closure for both the child and the sponsor to be able to say goodbye. 
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Carleen Long

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Hopefully there was a final letter! It makes me sad that this happens to children in the program (one of the reasons I chose to sponsor an older child, since I had heard this was not uncommon).
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It can be sad, I agree. When we had to cut down on the number of children we were sponsoring due to a job change I tried to find sponsors for my kids before giving them back to Compassion. Thankfully they don't lose their benefits and Compassion works really hard to find them new sponsors.