How long does the sponsorship last?

  • 1
  • Question
  • Updated 4 years ago
  • Answered
Archived and Closed

This conversation is no longer open for comments or replies and is no longer visible to community members. The community moderator provided the following reason for archiving: Isolated issues that could be confusing.

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!
Photo of Wilma Anderson

Wilma Anderson

  • 3 Posts
  • 1 Reply Like

Posted 4 years ago

  • 1
Photo of Teresa Dawn

Teresa Dawn

  • 461 Posts
  • 399 Reply Likes
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.
Photo of Sarah

Sarah, Official Rep

  • 5258 Posts
  • 1139 Reply Likes
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 :).
Photo of Teresa Dawn

Teresa Dawn

  • 461 Posts
  • 399 Reply Likes
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?
Photo of Denise Bailey

Denise Bailey

  • 199 Posts
  • 182 Reply Likes
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.
Photo of Hilary Hopkins

Hilary Hopkins

  • 265 Posts
  • 49 Reply Likes
I'm almost positive that Honduras still graduates at 18.
Photo of Sarah

Sarah, Official Rep

  • 5258 Posts
  • 1139 Reply Likes
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.

This conversation is no longer open for comments or replies.