I have sponsored my child for several years, and she is now 16. In a recent photo I noticed she has braces on her teeth. I’m wondering how does a sponsored child get them? Are they expensive like they are in the US? Compassion portrays these children as living in poverty, homes with dirt floors and no windows, etc. Yet, my sponsored child in Bolivia has braces, which are usually cosmetic. I think one reason it bothers me so much is we could not afford braces when my son needed them. We are hard working people who have had many times we were living paycheck to paycheck but still sent money for our child because we didn’t want her to go hungry, or without health care, etc. , and to see her with braces really shocked me. I’m also shocked as I read that some people have had their child contact them via the internet and through cell phones. I don’t see pictures of any of these things in the brochures.... This is the first time I have felt “duped” by this organization.