How long is a child sponsored for? Is there an age when the child sponsorship is removed? Age 18 or older?

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Is there an age when the sponsored child would be too old to be in this program. Say you sponsored a child who is 11 or 12, what happens after 6 or 7 years when the child turns 18?
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Dean Knutson

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Denise Bailey

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Hi Dean, I am another sponsor and the completion age for a student varies from country to country. Most countries are 22 and although it may seem "old" a lot of children don't start school as young as they do in the west . And with extreme poverty, lack of resources in schools, over-crowded classrooms in some cases, it can be hard for students to pass tests at the end of each year. Also Compassion offers vocational training for students and having the completion age be 22 enables mores students finish high school and complete the vocational training! Vocational training can be: seamstress/tailor; hair stylist/ barber; preschool teacher; kindergarten teacher; accounting/bookkeeping; computer training; cake baking and decorating and more. I can think of three countries where I believe 18 is still the graduation age: Honduras, Nicaragua, and Maybe El Salvador. Guatemala's graduation age is 18.
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In most countries, the child "ages out" at 22 years. It all depends on the individual child. If he/she completes the requirements to graduate, they may finish sooner. When they do finish the program, at whatever age, you are given the opportunity to send them your contact information, so you can continue to be in contact with them.
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Here is a list of the completion age for each of the countries. This was accurate 10 months ago. I am not sure if any of these have changed since then.


  • All countries: 22

Central America & Caribbean 

  • Dominican Republic: 20

  • El Salvador: 22

  • Guatemala: 18

  • Haiti: 22

  • Honduras: 18

  • Mexico: 18

  • Nicaragua: 18


  • All countries: 22

South America 

  • Bolivia: 22

  • Brazil: 22

  • Colombia: 18

  • Ecuador: 22

  • Peru: 22

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