How can I keep contact with a sponsorship that has ended such as emailing a letter, etc.

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Susan, Sponsor and Donor Relations, Social Media

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RC, it looks like your child completed the program. Thank you so much for all that you have done to help them reach this point! You may write Esther a final letter.  Simply write"Final Letter" at the top of your correspondence, along with Esther'schild number.  You can send the letter to Compassion'saddress below (you cannot send a final letter through the web): Compassion International

Colorado Springs, CO 80997

Beyond this last letter, we can facilitate continued direct communication with your child after you sign a waiver of liability. Keeping in touch with the child you've sponsored over the years could be very gratifying. It might also present difficulties. Please keep these things in mind as you make your decision:


1.      Compassion International and its covenant partners will be unable to provide translation services for correspondence. (We could suggest that you contact local universities, etc. for help here.) As well, Compassion will not be able to assist in the transfer of any monies.

2.      Life events and the child's maturation process can lead a sponsored child to become less interested in corresponding with a sponsor. It's no different than would be the case of one's own children:

                   ·        Marriage often reduces the amount of contact between newly-married children and the adults who helped them toward maturity.

                   ·        Post-secondary education and its related schedule demands can lead to less correspondence from a child.

                   ·        The demands of adjusting to a full-time job can often keep a child from getting in touch as frequently as one might expect.

                  ·        Family demands on an adult child can take a toll on that person's discretionary time and income–and frequently do in the countries Compassion serves.

3.      Mail delivery services are far less sophisticated and reliable or even non-existent in parts of developing countries. In fact, if a sponsored child lives in a remote location, it might be nearly impossible to continue correspondence. In addition, the sponsor needs to be made aware of the difficulties of sending money or packages through the mail.

4.      The release of a sponsor's address to a child could make it accessible to relatives, friends or acquaintances who might attempt to use it for personal gain through pressure on the child to ask the sponsor for money, or who might communicate falsely to the sponsor regarding the child and ask for money to help. It is not uncommon for some citizens of developing countries to go to extraordinary lengths in hopes to find foreign addresses they can contact for assistance. Further, the child might hope that by maintaining the correspondence relationship that the sponsor will continue to supplement his/her income, and ask for the same.

5.      In fairness to you, we must remind you, the sponsor that your address is an item entrusted to the child and indicates you are ready to maintain correspondence with the child. Such an expectation will almost certainly be created in the sponsored child (or young adult).

6.      Compassion International has no direct programmatic influence on the life of a child once the child has departed Compassion's program. Therefore, Compassion cannot and will not make any guarantees regarding the regularity and quality of the correspondence between a sponsor and child, nor of the child's continued satisfactory behavior and development.

7.      While Compassion has tried to facilitate this relationship, the donor will receive the child's address only directly from the child. There is no guarantee the child will write even though best efforts have been made to measure the child's interest.

Please let us know if you are interested in moving forward with direct contact and we will send you the waiver.
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RC

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Thank you for your response. I will try to write a "final letter" to my child and will not move forward after that. Again thanks for the explanation and what I should keep in mind when trying to continue contact.
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Great explanation and it sucks after child has completed the program. I sponsor three kids and they still small and just can't imagine not knowing how they are after the program ends for them... Let me not think about that yet.. God Bless everyone!!

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