How are these children protected from traffickers?

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It is alarming to me how much of these babies' information is posted online for anyone to see... their full name, age, how many people live in their family and approximately when they may be alone (i.e. Their parents' occupation), and exact location down to the village. It seems like a child trafficker's candy shop. So how are these kids being protected from that? Does this not put them at a higher risk, and might compassion think about being a little more discreet?
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Hi Alyssa! That's a great question. Thank you so much for raising this concern, and for your heart for these sweet kiddos. In partnership with local churches in developing countries, Compassion's Child Sponsorship Program promotes a safe and healthy environment where children are known by caring adults and offered security, love and protection. Staff members at Compassion’s child development centers are trained in child protection and, in turn, provide training to children and their families. Local staff are also prepared with a plan of action should they become aware of abuse or exploitation. At Compassion-assisted child development centers worldwide, children find caring adults who help them feel known, loved and protected.

Compassion also focuses on the individual child and the child’s development. When children experience abuse, they often have no hope for the future. They need restoration of their God-given sense of self-worth and dignity. By working with individual children to address their spiritual, economic, social and physical needs, we present children with an opportunity to overcome poverty and become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults.

I definitely understand your concern with the children's information being posted online, but the National staff only provides us with as much information as they feel comfortable providing. Please let us know if you have any other questions!
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