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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Hello! I would like to also have a correspondent child (girl, same age range) in the Dominican Republic, if possible. :) Thank you!
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E. Smart, I put you on the waiting list for this request this morning :).
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Hi, ladies! I just wanted to check and see if I'm on the list for any correspondents. I had called awhile back as I was having faces show up here and there that I wasn't expecting and the person I spoke to told me that I was in line to receive something like 50 correspondents. I was like...No. lol. Especially at the rate they were coming in. I don't know if I was removed form the list altogether or just had it cut back or what. Also, I wanted to make sure that there was no miscommunication about my willingness to correspond with any of the kids that I lost awhile back when some kids were assigned in error. I certainly would take them back and, and more if I knew that they were coming.
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Lindsay, I have a note that we removed 42 requests from the list back in November when you called. While I can't verify this, because the record was deleted when you called, I believe those requests were replacements as a result of the correspondent assignment error. I can see that since then we assigned a few replacements for other children that you have lost one at a time. You are not currently on the list for any children. Please let us know if you would like to be added back to the list or wait for now. I know you have quite a few at this point and don't want you to start to feel overwhelmed. :) 
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Huh. I only lost 11 in the mix up there so I was extra surprised when I was told such a high number. I felt bad because I didn't even know I had new kids on my account since I wasn't doing the "refresh, refresh, refresh" cycle. Yeah, go ahead and put me down for another 3, please.
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Lindsay, as requested, I have placed you back on the waiting list for another three correspondent kiddos. I'm sorry for the confusion but glad we're able to get you back on the list!
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Hello!
May I be added to the waiting list for 3 additional correspondent children/young adults?
I would like to request 3 young adults ages 16 or older from any country.
I am happy to write to young men or to young ladies and I understand it may take a while to fulfill the requests. 
Thank you!
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Good morning, Carol! Yes, we are happy to add you to the list for three more kiddos :). Thank you so much for your heart to write to our older children that are certainly in need of love and encouragement throughout their last few years in our program. Such a critical time! Your words are a blessing. 
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Hello! I am so enjoying writing to my girls so far. I'd like to update my request!

I still want to write all girls. I think I said 7-13 before? Well, I wouldn't mind younger if the child can write. I just find it more enjoyable to correspond when the child can write. :) I, also, since I'm getting a bunch of kids around the same age, can expand the age range up to 16. Although, I'm not sure what kinds of paper things to send the older girls sometimes. Coloring might seem too young... or paper dolls even. Well, I will think of something, I'm sure.

These are the remaining countries (I added a couple) that I'd like to correspond with children from, when you have the opportunity to assign them. :)

Ghana, Rwanda, Tanzania, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras, Thailand and Philippines.

Many, many thanks!
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Good morning E. Smart! I'm so, so glad that you are enjoying writing to your current children, I know they also love receiving your loving letters! 

I know it can be difficult to be creative with what to send sometimes, especially to older children. That's why we created a Pinterest board just for writing to teens! Hopefully this will help you find some ideas if you do get older children. 

I have updated your requests for all of your children to be between the ages of 5-16 and ensured they're all girls. I also added three requests to be from Ghana, Rwanda, and Tanzania because these were the only requests not on the list for you yet. 
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Hi, can I request a child from anywhere in North, Central or South America? Thank you!
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Hi Alisa! Absolutely! I have you on the list today for a child from those regions :).
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Just wanted you to know that there's a parcel in transit to Compassion with flat gifts for Eti, Carlita, Monica, and Tuyizere. :)
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We are keeping our eyes peeled on your account! I'm praying they come in soon :(. 
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Mail in transit for Judith and Florence with est. delivery date of 3/24. If you don't have the first parcel by then, I will work on replacing it.
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Let me know if the lost parcel ever arrived? I will replace it asap if you are sure you didn't get the gifts for Eti, Carlita, Monica, and Tuyizere.
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E. Smart, we just processed letters for Monica and Tuyizere on March 18! I can't tell if those were specifically the packages for them or other letters you may have sent. If you haven't sent any other physical letters to them since those packages, then I would say the package definitely arrived! I didn't see anything for Eti or Carlita, but it may just be taking our mail department a few extra days to get them logged in the system.
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Great! Yes, it must be, because it's just been the one parcel for the four of them! :) I will go ahead with correspondence for birthdays that are coming up then, and know that I don't need to introduce myself again!! That is great news! Thanks!
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Could I please be put on the list for three more children in BF, Kenya, or IN? Thank you!
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I'm sponsor #3775278. Could you please put me on the list for one correspondent child either gender, any age, from Ghana, Brazil, or Indonesia. What number am I on the list? Thanks.
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Good morning, Linda! As requested, I have added you back to the waiting list for another child. Your new requests will be numbers 341 and 342.
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Sponsor #3775278. I would also take a correspondent child, either gender, any age, from Bangladesh. Thanks.
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Good morning, again! :) I put you on the list for two children total including your kiddo from BD. 
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I know I'm on the list for an LDP student (and I know that could be a lengthy wait...) but can you tell me if I'm on there for anyone else? Thanks so much! Sorry to be a pain!
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Kristen, I am not sure if you are aware, but we have transferred the benefits of LDP to our sponsored children so that more kids could receive the same opportunities and leadership training. This means that we are no longer have any LDP students available for correspondent relationships. I am so sorry if that was never communicated to you! That said, it looks like you are still on the waiting list for a child from HO116, HO317, HO317, HO245, HO219, HO244, or HO246. 
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Maybe I was told that about LDP and just forgot - highly possible!! Thanks for checking into my other request. I know it's very specific so I'll likely wait a while for it. Just couldn't remember if I had any other general requests out there. I'll try to restrain myself from making any more correspondent requests for a while!

Thanks Susan - you're awesome!!

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Alright, my restraint failed. For some reason I can't stop obsessing over a new correspondent. So I'm going to take that as a sign that there's someone out there that I need to be connected with! Can I get added to the list for a teenager from Africa or Asia?  Thank you!
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This totally made me laugh, Kristen :)! I got you back on the list this morning for a teen in Africa or Asia.
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Thank you!!
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Hi! I would like to slowly grow my family - please would you add me to the list for three more correspondent children - any country, any gender, any age.  Thank you :)
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Sure thing, Ceri! I just added you to the waiting list for three more correspondent children. :)
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Could we please be added to the list for three more correspondents? Any country, boy or girl, 10 and up please. Thanks! :)
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Susan

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Hi Rachel! I just added you to the list for three more correspondents as you requested.
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Thank you! :)
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Would I please be able to get on the waiting list for 1 correspondent child? I would like a teenage girl, any country. :-) Thank you so much!
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Hi Jennifer! I have you on the waiting list for that request :). Happy Friday!
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Thank you so much, Sarah! :-)
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I had said before that I might like to do a small monetary donation for kids' birthdays... like $10 or so, if I can afford it when it should be done. I was told I have to call to make donations since I'm not the sponsor. However, I am having trouble finding that thread and I had the follow up question of, when is the appropriate time to make the donation... like how far before the birthday?
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Hi E! It takes 2-3 months for monetary gifts to reach our kids. I try to send birthday gifts and cards three months in advance just to be on the safe side. Thanks for being awesome and writing to kids living in poverty and blessing them with birthday gifts! :)
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I would like to be on the list for two more correspondent children please.
1. A girl 8 years or older from Dominican Republic or Nicaragua.
2. A girl 8 years or older from Colombia or Ecuador.
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I've got you on the waiting list for those requests, Miriam! :)
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I hope I am still on the list for girls from: Honduras, Dominican Republic, Tanzania, Thailand, and Philippines? :) Thanks!
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You sure are, E. Smart!
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Awesome, thanks! :)
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Elsje

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Are these particularly difficult countries to get correspondent kids from? Just curious... I haven't had a new child assigned in a while.
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Yes, E. Smart. They are particular requests for girls between the ages of five and sixteen from Philippines, Honduras, Thailand, Dominican Republic, and Tanzania. Being more specific requests, it can take longer for us to find children that match them.
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Okay, thanks!
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I am currently sponsoring a little girl Jany from Colombia! I was hoping I could have a correspondent child around Jany`s age from her center C.D.I. Nuevo Paraíso. I am about to send her first letter out and would love to write another child she may be related or friends with! 
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Thank you! I really appreciate it. Could I be added for a child under 5 in Colombia also? That way I'm open to more than just her project. Thanks again!
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I've got you on the list for that kiddo too, Cheyenne :).
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Am I still on the list for more correspondent children? I'm not sure if I am or not, but I would be happy to have additional ones from anywhere of any age. Thanks!
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Karen, I didn't see you on the list so I added you for three kiddos from anywhere. :)
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Karen Straube

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Thank you! :)
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Hi I know I was on the waiting list but I don't think I am anymore. Can I be put back on?
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Emily

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Of course, Rachel! I put you back on the waiting list for a child, this morning :).
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Where can you see what spot you are on the waiting list? 
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Cheyenne, you can ask me, Susan, and Emily, where you are at any time and we can look. Your requests are currently #364 and #371 :).
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Okay thank you! 
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I would like to be placed on the waiting list for 3 more female correspondence children. Any age. Any country. Thank you!
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Good morning, Carol! I'm happy to add you back to the waiting list :). Thank you for faithfully writing to your current children. I've added you to the list for three ladies to be placed on your account at the next available opportunity. God bless you and have a great Monday!
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You can use socialmedia@compassion.com. That is for the awesome ladies that work on this forum.
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Is there an email address in which I can use to write to Compassion? I have a concern I'd like to communicate, not publicly, and I don't use phones much. Thanks!
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E. Smart, you can email us at the social media email address that Kristen kindly gave, or our other email is ciinfo@us.ci.org. We're happy to address your concerns at either email :). 
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Elsje

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Wonderful! I've sent the email regarding my concern. Thank you.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled It would give me pleasure to have someone to speak with..

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Irene, thank you for your heart to write to a child in our program! Regrettably, I was unable to locate your account using your name and email address. We have a few people in our system with your name and so I'll need a bit more information. Do you know your sponsor number? If you don't have an account with us yet, please email me at socialmedia.com with your address and full name and we'll get an account created for you. 
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Good morning. I just wanted to see if someone could check to see if our correspondent child Beymar received a birthday gift from his financial sponsor for this year. We sent him $40 about a month or so ago for a winter coat, but it wasn't birthday money. His financial sponsor has sent birthday gifts in the past so I just wanted to check to see if he or she had done it for this year as well. Whoever the financial sponsor is, he or she is amazing. I think we make a good team. :) If it's my turn at bat for the birthday gift, I just need to know.
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Rachel, I don't see that one has been sent for Beymar's birthday. His financial sponsor did send gifts the past two years, but they were done at random times during the year. I don't have a way to know if his sponsor will be sending a gift this year or not since it isn't set up to do so automatically. I love hearing that you guys make a great team :)! If you end up sending a gift and then his financial sponsor does so later in the year, Beymar would just feel extra celebrated by both of you!
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Could you please charge $15 to my card on file for a birthday gift for Beymar?
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Susan

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Rachel, I just took care of this for you. :)
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Hello! May I be put on the waiting list to receive 2 more correspondent children? Anywhere, any age, and any gender is fine :) Thank you!
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I've added your requests to the list, Mariah! :)
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Elsje

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Hi! I do hope my email went through a week or two ago (whenever I sent it). I am also still waiting for my 4 more girls. :)
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E. Smart, it doesn't look like we did receive your email. Would you mind trying to send it to socialmedia@compassion.com again? We do still have your four requests for girls on the waiting list. Because they are specific requests, it will probably take a while before we are able to fill them all. I know it's hard to wait :)!
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My mom, Kerry, recently lost a correspondent child (Harrison) and she didn't receive an email explaining why. May you please let her know what happened?
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Miriam, it looks like we tried to call your mother about this last week but were unable to reach her. However, I just sent her an email. 
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Elsje

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Hello, thank you so much for my new child, Rose. Please email me full res jpgs and her history, if possible! :) I'm very excited to become part of another youth's life. I will be working very hard on a lot of Compassion letters VERY soon! :D Rose's ID: PH9280382
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E. Smart, I am sending you an email now. :)