Hi I sponsor ed a childd nothing. I was hoping t at least a photo of her.. I know she is only 2, but was hoping for some interaction. Thanks

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Hi I sponsor ed a child and wrote a letter and sent a gift. I have heard nothing. I was hoping to get at least a photo of her.. I know she is only 2, but was hoping for some interaction. Thanks
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Jess Van Der Vaart

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Sarah Heacock Schreffler

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When did you sponsor the child? I sponsored a 2 year old last June. I got the normal packet in the mail for her (some time in July? I forget. I'd already requested a copy of the photo through email and I use that to print my pictures from).  I was VERY surprised to get a first letter from her at the end of August -- usually it takes closer to 4 months!  I received a second letter in January and, surprisingly!, have a third letter on the way (It may be a thank you. She turned 3 in January and I sent a birthday gift. They have 6 months from the date the gift is given to send a thank you for the gift (and a photo if your gift is over $60. I sent less so am not expecting that)
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Hi Jess, 
I am so sorry that we have not been clear about the timeline on which communication can be expected from your sweet little girl, Briany. Congratulations on your sponsorship, first of all! :)
Secondly, please know that communication will take some time with Briany. You should be receiving a welcome packet in the mail with her information as well as a photo of her any day now. These usually take about 2 weeks to be delivered and I see that you just began sponsoring on the 10th, so it should arrive for you very soon. 
Secondly, thank you so much for blessing this sweet little girl with a gift! She (whoever is writing in her honor) will say thank you for this gift in one of her next letters. If you ever decide to give a gift over $60, you will receive a special thank you letter with a photo of what was purchased, As Sarah mentioned above.  
And lastly, thank you so much for beginning your relationship together strong by writing to her! You will receive at minimum 2 letters per year from your little girl. However, the more you write, the more often you will receive a response (up to 6 letters per year). Your very first letter from her will likely take about 4 months as it does take quite some in the beginning to get things rolling. However, after that if you continue to write to her at least every couple months, you should hear back every few months as well. 
I hope this is helpful to set your expectations up so that you don't feel bummed that communication is slower than expected. Also you will receive an updated photo of Briany every 2 years so you have that to look forward to also! :)
Again, congratulations on your new sponsorship! Please let us know if we can help in any way as you begin your relationship together! You may also email us anytime at socialmedia@compassion. :)

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