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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I got the notification that I'll be losing Swetha because of the program closing in India. While this is sad, I never did hear from her, so I'm fine with not writing her anymore. I just wanted to check that my requests are still in the queue. I am sending the rest of my letters for February soon!

Previous requests not yet filled (please don't put in new unless any are missing):

1 girl 5-16 from each:
Tanzania
Dominican Republic
Sri Lanka
and
Togo OR Brazil

Thank you!!
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Hi E! Yes, each of these requests are still on the list. I sincerely hope you receive another child soon! :) 
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Hello! My daughter, Hannah, would like to be added to the list for a correspondent in a Spanish speaking country. Her sponsor number is 06448125. She would like a Spanish speaking girl, age 11-14.

Thank you!!
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Hi Tammy! I have Hannah on the waiting list for this request :).
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Hi! Would you please edit my daughter's current correspondent request? She would like to write to a girl from Africa, age 8 or under. Her number is 06448125.

Thank you!
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Good morning, Tammy! I just took care of updating Hannah's request this morning :).
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Kasey Hallmark

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COuld you let me know what number Cassidy and myself is on the list? Thank you
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Hi Kacey! I see that you have four requests waiting. You are number 247, 276, 389 and 390. Cassidy has four requests as well and she is number 402 and 458-460. :)
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Would like to write to other sponsored children.

I'd like to be a correspondent and write to other children in addition to my sponsored ones. I sent an email to be added at the email address provided, but have heard no reply. What do I need to do to participate?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Would like to write to other sponsored children.

I'd like to be a correspondent and write to other children in addition to my sponsored ones. I sent an email to be added but have heard no reply. What do I need to do to participate?
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Hi Tiffany! I am so sorry we haven't been able to answer your email yet. I was able to add you to the waiting list this morning for one child. If you'd like to request being put on the waiting list for more children, please do let me know!
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(02408491) Hello. We would like to be added to the correspondence list for a female, any age, any country. Thank you!
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Shannon Massey, Employee

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Hi Maria! I apologize for the delay in getting back to you! I see that Susan added you to the correspondent wait list a couple days ago.
Have a great afternoon! 
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Thanks!
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Good morning! Could I please be placed on the correspondence list as well for a female? :)
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Shannon Massey, Employee

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Hi Lacey! I have added you to the wait list! Once you are paired with a kiddo to write to, we will send out a packet with more information on your child, and a little more about being a correspondent. Please note it will likely be a few weeks. Have a blessed day! 
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Thank you!! :)
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I had a correspondent child in India, so I'd love to write to someone else now. Could I be put on the list for any child who needs a correspondent?
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I think they're waiting to assign new correspondents until financial sponsors have decided if they're picking up a new sponsorship to replace their sponsor child from India. If the person who sponsored your Indian child sponsors a new child, you'll automatically be assigned as the nee correspondent.
If not, you'll be put back on the waiting list.
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Thanks! I wasn't sure what was happening with all of that.
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Could I please be placed on the list for a kiddo from TG and LK and two from anywhere? Thanks and God bless!
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Heather, as you requested, I have added you to the list for a child from Togo, a child from Sri Lanka, and two children from anywhere. 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Becoming a Correspondent.

I have sent two emails (to ciinfo@us.ci.org) about becoming a correspondent.  I have already considered being a sponsor, but my current situation is not the best. I would love to send letters to a child, and I would love to start as soon as possible. I would prefer to be a correspondent to a child between the ages of 4 and 9, who lives in Latin America, the Caribbean, or Africa.I also have a few questions, one of them being Can I send gifts to  my child? I would  greatly appreciate it if I got an answer within the next week. Thanks!
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Rianne, we would be delighted to have you write to a child! I am so sorry you had not heard back from our main email inbox. Normally we respond within 48 hours, but due to a recent increase in volume we are now responding to emails from four days ago. That said, I am happy to help you as well! Yes, you may send gifts to your correspondent children. It is a little harder as you must call us to make these kinds of donations but it is possible. Regrettably, I couldn't locate an account for you. If you are not a current sponsor, we need to create an account for you and add you to our waiting list for a correspondent child. Please email us at socialmedia@compassion.com with your mailing address to get started. Our social media inbox is shorter so if you do not receive a response within 24 hours, please email again. Thank you! 
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Hey, just wondering about the status of my four requests... it's been quite a while, and recently I lost Swetha, so I'd love to get someone new.  As a reminder, my requests are:

Girls age 5-16 from:
Tanzania
Dominican Republic
Sri Lanka
Togo OR Brazil

Thanks so much!!
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E, we apologize for the delay in these requests. My team primarily assigns correspondents and we have been swamped with other more urgent requests. That said, here are where your requests are at on the list at this time:

  • At about number 68* for the request for a girl from Sri Lanka, ages 5-16
  • At about number 171* for a girl  from Tanzania, ages 5-16
  • At about number 172* for a girl from Brazil or Togo, ages 5-16
  • At about number 227* for a girl from Dominican Republic
*Please note: I am manually counting so these numbers are a guestimate
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Could i have one Child added from Mexico please :) thank you
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Susan

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Hi Kasey! I just added you to the list. Thank you so much for your interest in writing to and encouraging a child in poverty! 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Would like to be a correspondent.

I currently have a sponsored child but would like to also have a prayer and writing sponsored child. Can I get put on the list.  Thank you.
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Tracey, we would be delighted to have you pray for and write to a child. I have added you to our waiting list. As soon as a child becomes available for this program, we will send you their packet so that you can begin writing.
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I would like to be a correspondent for another child.
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Hi Mandy! I just added you to the correspondent wait list. Thank you for your willingness to write to and encourage a child!
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Hi! I have two questions.

When you are a correspondent, are you able to write letters online as you can do when you're a sponsor?

Also, has any way become available to write to children who are not yet sponsored? Thanks!
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Hi Bethany! Thank you for your interest in loving and writing to a child! As a correspondent, you will be able to write letters just as you would as a full sponsor. Regrettably, a way has not become available to write to unsponsored children yet. 
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Hi ladies! So a few questions- my sons' girlfriend, Alysa, was really moved by reading the letters I've received and has asked me if it would be possible for her to become a correspondent as well? She and my son would just like to be placed under my account for the time being as they believe it will be easier- they are both 17 and planning on enlisting after their graduation next year, if that's OK? Or in your experience has it been easier for a kiddo to have their own account? When added to the waitlist they said they don't have a preference on gender and 17 or younger, but they would prefer a child from any Spanish speaking country.

Thank you so much for all you help
April
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Hi April! I'm so glad that your experience with corresponding has affected your son and his girlfriend is such a way that they would like to correspond as well! We would need to create a separate account for them though. However, we can definitely have the address be the same as yours so that all of the letters are being delivered to the same place :). Would you like me to create a joint account for your son and his girlfriend, or would you like me to create two separate accounts for your son and his girlfriend? Please email us or have your son and his girlfriend email us at socialmedia@compassion.com, so we can set up their account :). We will need the following information: full names, address, phone numbers, and emails. Thank you! 
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Thank you so much for all the information, yes please create a joint account for them under Alysa Ackerman and Donavyn Moreno, both with my current address. I will have them email you the rest of the information today ...
Thank you again!

April
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Hi April, we will just create the account when we have all the information together in an email later this afternoon! :) Thanks for sending that our way! 
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Hi! I have lost a couple of correspondent recently.  Please could you add me to the list for 4 more - any country, any age, any gender.  Thank you :)
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Hi Ceri! I'm so sorry that you have lost a few correspondent kiddos recently :(. With our new system, there is one awesome change with how we take care of correspondent children when they leave the program. As usual, we will send the financial sponsor a new child to consider for sponsorship. If they accept the new child, then the correspondent will automatically become the correspondent for this new child :). We are still waiting to see if this is the case for one of your correspondent children. Sadly, it looks like the other financial sponsors either canceled or decided to not accept a new child to sponsor. So, I have placed 3 general requests on our correspondent waiting list for you :). If you have not received a correspondent child within the next 1-2 weeks, this means that the financial sponsor of Ketnise in Haiti did not choose to accept another child in her place. If this is the case, we will be happy to place a 4th request on the waiting list for you :). 
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Are you assigning correspondent children again or are there still problems?
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Erin, as of a few weeks ago we have been slowly assigning correspondents as we are able. We had been encountering errors in the system about 50% of the time. Today I was informed that supposedly there is a total fix for this issue but because it is a busy Monday we have not been able to try it out yet. Either way, we will continue to work hard at assigning whenever we are able. 
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Thank you, Christina - that's great :)
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Kasey Hallmark

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Could I be added to the list for a child from Honduras thanks!
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Sure thing, Kasey! I just added you to the waiting list for a child from Honduras. 
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I think I am on the list for a girl 8-12 from the Philippines. I realize that a request this specific could take a while to be fulfilled and I am eager to get to know a new child. I would like to add a second request for a girl 8-12 from any country. 
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Hi Chantel, 
Thank you so much for your patience as we get this request filled for you! You are correct, the more specific your request is, the longer it will take to be fulfilled. Please know that I have added this second request to the wait list as well! :) 
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Hi, I was excited to see a new face, Alex, pop up on my account recently! Could I please get his jpeg and any history? His number is HA026603829.

Could I also be added to the list for a girl 12 or older? Thank you!
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Hi Alisa! I have emailed your request to you! :) 
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May I be added to the list for girls ages 18 - 22 in Haiti, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Tanzania? Thank you!
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Hi Briana, 
We would be happy to put your request on the wait list. Before I do so, I want to make sure that I understand. Would you like to be added to the correspondent wait list for one girl from any of of those countries, or would you like to be added to the list for a girl from each one of these countries to make up 5 children total? Thank you for clarifying! 
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I would like to be added to the list for a girl from each of the 5 countries, totaling to 5 children. :) Thank you!
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Shannon Massey, Employee

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Wonderful Briana, 
I have added you to the correspondent list, as requested! :)
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Briana

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Thank you so much! :)
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Add Correspondent Children.

Hi,

Can you please add me to the list for 3 more correspondent children? One girl in Honduras, one boy in Bangladesh, & one girl in Colombia.
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Shannon Massey, Employee

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Hi Grace! These three new requests are numbers 574-576. 
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Hi! Thank you! I would also like to know if my recent letter to my correspondent child was processed at the country office in Guatemala.
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Shannon Massey, Employee

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Hi Grace! I see that you just wrote a letter on the 20th and it is in process to go to your sweet Damaris! :) 
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Hi! Thank you! I would also like to know how many letters I will receive per year from her.
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Hi Grace! You will receive between two to six letters per year depending on how often you write to her. From my experience, the more often a sponsor or correspondent writes to the child, the more often they will write back, and the more likely a relationship will develop. 
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Good morning, I was wondering if you could add a few more requests to the correspondent list for me?  3 boys and 2 girls, age 10 and over, from anywhere except Brazil.  My sponsor number is 06994246.  Thank you!
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Hi Mairi! I took care of placing you on the waiting list for these requests.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Correspondent Children.

May I be added to the list for a correspondent child? I'd love to write to another older girl.
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Hi Rachel! As you requested, I have added you to the correspondent waiting list for a girl to write to. 
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Hello, I'm very saddened to see that Monica in Uganda has disappeared from my correspondent list. I'd just made her a birthday bookmark and everything... and no, I can't take on the financial commitment of sponsoring her, I am sorry. Anyway, please add to my other requests I already have (girls 5-16 in DR, Tanzania, Brazil or Togo, Sri Lanka) a new one now: I'd like to write to another Ugandan child. A girl 5-16. Thanks. #06446671
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