How long does the sponsorship last?

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I am 25 years old and have no children, so my four compassion children, ARE my children... was wondering how long the sponsored children are sponsored, until age 18? What happens when its over? How many of the sponsored children still like to keep in touch? Thanks in advance!
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Wilma Anderson

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Teresa Dawn

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It's different at some projects, but most stay in the program until age 22.  You can check the graduate date on your account and it'll say for your child, but it can change.  (If your children are really young they might not have the graduation date yet, but the first update after they become teens should have it if they didn't before)

If you've had a child for at least 2 years, when they graduate you can release your infomation to the child to stay in touch.  (And sometimes they'll just find you on facebook after too).  Some have ways to keep in touch and some don't, so be prepared that they might not and hope for a surprise that they do :)  Though be warned that some of them might ask for money etc afterwards and be upset if you can't provide it.  I haven't had that happen yet but know a few people who have.  In some countries where poverty is rampant, begging is a normal part of life and not rude, and our kids assume we are super rich so they might think if you don't give it to them, it's because you don't really care.  If it were to happen, try not to be offended and just tell them you love them and pray for them in their situation but can't give right now (Unless you do give, it's a risk but that'd be up to you of course)

Are you part of the facebook group for Correspondents that Compassion runs?  I know some there have more experience with staying in touch after graduation than I do.
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Enjoyed your comment. I am not to that point yet, my kids are not that old. But I had not thought about the fact that they might ask for money at that point. I can see where they would, especially if the sponsor had sent birthday or family gifts when they were in the program. I also know that there are people who are DESPARATE to just try to make a living. We are very fortunate in this country.
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Wilma Anderson

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Thank you for the info, and yes, my children are young. Three of them are 7 years old and one of them is 9. And no I'm not part of that group... I'm having trouble finding it too. Beth, it's truly a blessing to live where I live... I feel so bad for all the leftovers I give my dog.... I have everything
I need and more.
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Wilma, your children are all living in countries where the age limit for being in the program is 22. Not all of our children choose to stay in the program until that age, but just keep encouraging them to do their absolute best. None of your kiddos are actually old enough to have expected graduation dates entered into their profiles yet, but you can expect to start seeing those appear when they get into their teenage years (around 14 years old). I have sent you an invitation via email to the Facebook group for sponsors :).
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Teresa Dawn

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Sarah, I'm just curious, which countries are the ones that are still not at age 22 yet?  I think there's a few left? If so, what ages do kids graduate in those countries, and do you know if they plan to move to age 22 as well?
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Denise Bailey

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Teresa, I only know of one. Guatemala has the graduation age set at 18. I will watch with interest to see if there is another country that isn't age 22.
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I'm almost positive that Honduras still graduates at 18.
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You guys rock! Teresa, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Honduras are all set to age 18. The Dominican Republic is set at 20 years old. There aren't any plans to change these graduation ages in the immediate future.
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Hello Wilma,
I am another sponsor and some of my graduates I have kept in contact with and some I have not. One thing it depends on is can I communicate with them?  One of my grads is in Bolivia and we are Facebook friends but I don't know Spanish so it isn't easy because something definitely gets in the online translator.  Another grad in Ethiopia I opted to not keep in direct contact with because I couldn't find anyone to help me translate.  I did sponsor someone else that knows her and I get some info through them.  Most of the time I have not kept in contact but one I particularly regret not keeping in contact with and I recently sponsored someone at her project and hope to have them let me know how she is doing at some point.  I found her Facebook page but she hasn't been on it since I found it a couple of years ago so I am definitely concerned about her.  Yes, I would recommend releasing your email to them when they graduate.  Or your Facebook link because it sounds like you have a close relationship with all of them!  I hope you can go visit them someday!!  If you haven't already, please join our Facebook page called Compassion Sponsors/Correspondents Facebook Forum.  To join send and email to socialmedia@compassion.com and request to be added!  There are sponsors totally like you, these children are their kids and they take it very seriously!   Hope to see you there, Wilma!!
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Wilma, forgot to tell you, if you look on your online account on the Compassion website (at the upper right side of their home page for the US is where you set it up) there is a page on your account that gives you your child's estimated graduation date, occasionally the students finish sooner, and rarely later than that date.  
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I sent a request. Thank you so much for the info! I never really thought about the communication problem... you're so right about that.

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