How do I become a correspondent?

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I'd like to write a child. How do I get on the waiting list for a correspondent child?

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We would be delighted to have you write to a child! To start the process, please post here, emailciinfo@us.ci.org, or call us at (800) 336-7676. We assign correspondents for sponsors who do not have the time or desire to write, and as soon as an opening becomes available, we can assign a child to you. At that time, we will send you an information packet for the child, as well as writing instructions.

The requirement to be a correspondent is a commitment to write at least three times a year. In turn, you will receive three letters a year from the child. Our experience has shown that children who receive consistent encouragement tend to set higher goals for themselves. Your role is a very important aspect of our ministry.
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Hi Ashley! :) I have added your request to the list today! Thank you so much!
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Esther

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Hi Susan, may I please be put on the list for a girl from Bolivia or Ecuador above the age of 12? Thank you!
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Absolutely, Esther! I've added you to the waiting list this morning!
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Esther

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Great! Thank you, Sarah! :)
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Esther

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May I ask you where I am on the waiting list?
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Raechel Pacillo

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Hi ladies! I wondered if you could change my request on the waiting list or add an additional 3 young girls from central america. Thank you!

Also wanted to check in on Gabriel...ID # is EC3732584. I haven't heard from him yet since his being added in January. I have written several letter. Hoping he is well and it just went astray. Thank you all for all you do!
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Hi Raechel! You currently have three requests for girls under 12 years old from Honduras. I am happy to add three new requests or change the ones you have. Just let me know what you would like to do at this point. :)

That's a long time to wait for a letter! I'm glad you let us know! It does look like there was a letter that was sent out to you at the end of September. Did you receive this letter? 
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Eleanor Clark

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where am I on the list
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Emily

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Eleanor, you're number 236. 
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Eleanor Clark

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Where am I on the list I should have 4 I think I would like to add 3 more children children 2 girls and one boy any age and any country
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Eleanor, we only have you on the waiting list for one request, which is a general one. It is number 213 on the list. I will put these three extra requests on the waiting list for you today.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Can we write letters without the financial commitment?.

I experienced the Compassion exhibit yesterday in Atlanta. Wow! I would like to correspond to a child, but my family may not be able to maintain a $38/month commitment. I understand the importance of consistently encouraging a child. Can I write to children who do not have a sponsor until the time they get one? I saw some children waiting over a year! I think an older child would understand an appreciate the relationship. Thanks for all you do.
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Hi Eleanor! I have added you to the waiting list for five more children :). 
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Eleanor Clark

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thank you
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I like to add two more Childern to my list. To write encouragement letters to a girl and a boy any age and age where. I'm on limited budget so hard to pay regular payment. But have lot time to write and encourage then in letters. Can you add me to list for the corresponding list for two more Childern . I have one already love to add two more.
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Hi April! As you requested, I have added you to our correspondent waiting list for two more children. :)
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Hi,

Where am I on the waiting list for 3 more correspondent children?
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Hi, I think I have a couple correspondent sponsorship requests still outstanding. One for a girl from either Uganda or Kenya between the ages of 5 and 12, and another girl in the same age range from either Peru or Nicaragua or El Salvador. Thanks! :)
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5-14 is also okay if that's easier! Just like to potentially have a while to know them and see them grow up!
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Sure thing! I just changed your requests, E. Smart! 
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Eleanor Clark

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where am I now on the correspondent list
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Sarah, Sponsor and Donor Relations, Social Media

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Hi Eleanor! Your requests are currently numbers 133, 323, and 326 on the list :).
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Eleanor Clark

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Thank You
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Hi Susan :) I requested 3 more correspondence kids by e-mail a few weeks ago. The request was for girls from about ages 6-10. They can be from any part of the world. I know the waiting list is a bit long, but I just want to confirm that I'm on it or where I stand on the list. Your help is much appreciated. Thank you!
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Hi Mstamb! We certainly do have you on the list for three more girls in that specific age group. We actually had your request listed as one combined request instead of three separate ones, which can cause us to mistakenly only add one child to your account instead of three. I corrected the problem for you :). Your requests are now numbers 566, 667 and 668. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
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Does this mean that there will need to be 668 sponsored kids who's sponsors decline writing before I get assigned one child? Wow, it seems that might take a while. I keep thinking about how disheartened those kids are who have been waiting more than a year for a sponsor. I wish I could send them words of encouragement.
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Hi Treva! I appreciate your heart for those kids who have been waiting a long time for a sponsor. We are looking into some options of being able to send unsponsored children encouragement right now as well. Stay tuned on that! While we go in order of date requested, we also give priority to supporters who do not currently have any correspondent children and those who have given us general requests (no preferences). Also, these assignments are dependent on which children happen to become available for this program. We often have to skip over several people on the list because their request was so specific and their preferences do not match the child who is currently available. All to say that the fact that we have 668 requests on the waiting list right now does not mean that we have to go through all 668 requests or that 668 correspondent children have to become available before your correspondent request is fulfilled. It could be much quicker than you think! :)
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I have a question. Do you have a Spanish version of the site or communicate in Spanish, or maybe have a location in Colombia? My formerly sponsored girl from Children International tells me she wants to help kids the way I have. Now, she would be less fortunate (since she needed sponsorship), but she is 19, and I could tell her about your correspondence sponsorship program if it would be possible at all for her to participate (she could write to a sponsored child in your program). She is religious, so I'm sure if she could help your organization for free, she may be interested. She only speaks Spanish, however.
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Hi E. Smart! Yes, we have a few options to consider. She may be interested in volunteering at a Compassion center in her area. This would probably be the best way for her to help. Please email me at socialmedia@compassion.com with the area she lives in if you would like more information on how she can do this. We have a few materials in Spanish right now but not very many. If she were to be a part of the correspondent program, she would need to go through the US program which would be in English. However, if she can navigate our English website, and especially if she sponsored a child who speaks Spanish, she could probably do it. 
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Hello! I recently put in a request to be a correspondent, and it is a fairly general request. Could you possibly let me know where I am on the wait list? My sponsor number is 3854704. Thank you for your help!
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Good morning, Kirsten! Because your request was just placed yesterday, you're currently number 647 on the list out of 647. We'll be sure to assign you a child at the next opportunity! God bless you :).
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Could I be added to the correspondence list for two more girls?  Preferably, any age above 6 and from any of these these countries:  India, Indonesia, or Dominican Republic.  
Thanks and Merry Christmas! :) 
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I have had several correspondent children come and go in the last little bit. I have lost track of my requests. Can you please see if I have anymore requests, if not could I be added to the list for two more children? Thanks so much and Merry Christmas!
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Noelle, I got you down for two more correspondent girls! Merry Christmas to you too! :)
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Wonderful!  Thanks again! :) 
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Heather, you had five general requests and I just added two more requests to make a total of seven. Merry Christmas! :)
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Good evening. I still should be on the list for an older girl from El Salvador (11+). Could I also be added for an older girl (11+) from Honduras? Thanks!
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Good morning, Alan! Yes, you're still on the list for your girl from ES :). I just added another request for you for another girl from HO. Have a lovely day!
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Hi! Thanks for all the team do at Compassion :)
I lost three of my correspondent children some time ago and was wondering if all three will be replaced automatically? I am hoping.
Thank you Ceri
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Hi Ceri! When you lost those three children back in September, we placed you back on the waiting list for two new children. I see that your requests were fulfilled for the two children but I just placed you back on the waiting list for one more child. Happy New Year!
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Ceri Bowen

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Thank you! I wasn't sure whether this happened automatically or if I needed to ask.
Happy New Year to the team at Compassion :)
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Hi Ladies! Not sure if I'm still on a waiting list. It's been quite a long time so just checking in. If I'm no longer on can you please add me for 5 more little ones, under 10 please. THANK YOU SO MUCH!
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Hi Raechel! I promise we haven't forgotten about you! You still have three requests for girls in Honduras under 12 years old. Because we're restricted to those preferences, we haven't had any children become available for you to write to yet. But once we do, we'll be sure to assign her to you :). Happy New Years to you!
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I noticed today that I am missing Manoranjini from my account. May I please get an email explaining why?

I know I am on the list to write to a girl from Thailand that is 8 or older. How close am I to the top of the list?

I would also like to be on the list for another girl 8 or older. I want her to be from Rwanda or Uganda.
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Hi Miriam. I will send you an email right away concerning the situation with Manoranjini. You are currently number 106 on the waiting list for a girl from Thailand who is 8 or older. I've also put your new request on the waiting list this morning :). Happy Wednesday!
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Would still like 2 more girls. I'm trying to expand my request. I'd like any age 5-14, and now it is fine if both girls are from Africa, but these are all the countries I'd be interested in corresponding with: Uganda, Kenya, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Peru. Hope this helps me get a couple more sooner. :)
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Sorry, I wrote Bolivia instead of Nicaragua at first by accident. I have one from Bolivia. :)
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I have updated your requests on our waiting list, E. Smart :). I hope you receive two more ladies soon. 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled How do I write to an unsponsored child?.

I am unable to sponsor a child at this time but I still want to be involved in the program.
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Autumn, we are just so honored that you would want to write to and encourage a child and would be delighted to have you be a part of the correspondent program! Please email us at socialmedia@compassion.com with your mailing address so that we can get you started. :)  
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Any information as to whether or not I'll get my 3rd girl soon?
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Thanks so much for all your help! Very kind of you.
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I have a great, supportive Nepalese friend, so if you guys ever expand to Nepal, let me know. :) He could help me write letters if I got a girl to write to there!
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Oh, you have Thailand, right? :) I have close Thai friends, so I could write to a girl there, too, but I don't want to inconvenience with too many requests! Also, I forget, how often do the children write to me? How often for a photo and family/school update? Just curious. :) Got some stuff together today for my two correspondent girls I already have! :)
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E.Smart, that's great! Where is Thailand are your friends? That would be a neat way to relate to a child! I have added you to the waiting list for a Thai girl as well. You can expect to receive at least two letters per year from your children. That's all they are required to write in case their sponsors don't write often, we don't want them to have to write more frequently to someone who doesn't respond often. Now, if you decide to write say, every other month, you can expect to receive up to six letters per year :). Also, we currently give child updates and update photos every 18-24 months (two years) but we're working to make communication more frequent and more efficient in the near future with updates to our systems. 
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Thank you for all the answers! :) My friends live in Bangkok.
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Hello Compassion!
I had three young adults graduate from the Compassion program last year. I would like to request three replacement correspondents. 
I would like to request one from El Salvador, one from Indonesia and one from Kenya.
I am happy to write to older teens/young adults. I am happy to write to boys or girls.
Thank you!
Carol W
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Hi Carol! I am adding these requests to our waiting list today. Because your requests are more specific and our list is currently still a little long, it is hard for me to estimate how long it will be until we are able to fulfill these requests. As soon as we are able to find children that fit the characteristics you mentioned, we will add them to your account. You have been doing an incredible job as a correspondent to each of your current children. Thank you so, so much for bringing light and hope into their lives :)!
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Sarah,
Thank you for adding me to the waiting list and thank you for your kind and gracious reply.Your words are like warmth and sunshine on this winter day! These children, teens and young adults are worth the wait. I am honored to be a part of the correspondence program!
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Hi!  May I join the correspondent list for a girl, age 10 or under, from Africa or Asia?

Thank you so much!
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Emily

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Absolutely, Tammy! Welcome to the correspondents family ;). I added you to the list today and we'll get you a little lady at the next opportunity. Blessings this weekend!
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Hi! Please would you add me to the list for three more correspondent children - no preferences! Thank you! Ceri
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Good morning, Ceri! I hope you had a lovely three day weekend :). I added you to the waiting list for three additional kiddos. You now have four total requests on the waiting list. 
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Thank you so much!
Hope you all enjoyed MLK day!
No three day weekend for us in the UK ;)
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I haven't got my welcome packet for Susy (and of course not yet Nicole)... would Susy's still be in the mail? One other thing... I sent paper dolls for Alejandra last time. I thought it was probably ok for Bolivia, but one time I did something similar with an organization to Senegal, and they said it was not appropriate (and sent it back). Would I be informed if something was not forwarded to a child I'm corresponding with? I would like to know so that I can provide something else if that happens.
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Hi E.Smart! 

I'm sorry that you haven't received your welcome packet for Susy yet. It normally takes around 15 days for you to receive this after you get a child. If you don't receive her packet by the beginning of next week, please let us know and we'll re-send it to your home :). You can expect Nicole's welcome packet sometime in the first week of February. 

Rest assured that we'll send you a notification either by email, mail, or phone call, if there is ever a reason we cannot send anything to your child. There are some items that are culturally inappropriate in the countries we work in that would seem perfectly innocent here (Pokemon cards for example), but paper dolls going to your kiddo in Bolivia should be just fine :). 
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Can you add me to the waiting list for a correspondent in Kenya? Thanks!
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Hi Jennifer! Absolutely :). Thank you so much for your desire to be a correspondent with another child. You're such a blessing to Mishel and Alex already! I have added you to the waiting list and we'll assign you a child at the next opportunity. 
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Thank you!
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Jennifer

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Awesome! Felista was added today! Can get all her background info and high Res pics, please?
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Hi Jennifer! I am sending you an email now with Felista's beautiful photos and information :).
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Since I recently lost a correspondent, I would like to add another request to the list.

Here is a list of all my current correspondent requests plus the new one:
A girl 8 or older from Thailand
A girl 8 or older from Rwanda or Uganda
A girl 8 or older from Togo or Ghana

Including my new one, I would be on the list for 3 new correspondents. Did I remember that right?
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Hi Miriam! I have added this new request and yes, you're now on the list for three correspondent children :). 
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My mom, Kerry, recently lost a correspondent child and she didn't receive an email explaining why. May you please let her know what happened? She would also like to know if any of her Ethiopia kids are sponsored by the same company as her Kenya kids.
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Hi Bre! I placed your five requests on the correspondent waiting list :). You already had three, so you now have eight total requests on the waiting list. Have a blessed day! 
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Hi please can you add me on the list. I need help please for my two kids
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Susan

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Eunita, it sounds like you are asking for sponsorship for your two children. Please email socialmedia@compassion.com with your location for more information about getting help for your children. 
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Hello,

May I please be put on the list for two girls in Guatemala?

Blessings,
Mary
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Hi Mary! I have added your two requests to the correspondent list today. :)