How do I become a correspondent to a child?

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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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Susan, I checked my Spam folder and nothing there either.  I was receiving the emails until last Monday. 
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Deb,

Again I'm so sorry you are not getting the email notifications! I just submitted a ticket with Get Satisfaction and hope to have a resolution or tips for you soon. Thank you for your patience. 
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Deb, It looks like your email bounced. We have removed you from the bounce list so you should receive notification emails from now on. 
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Thanks Susan, I am getting the email notifications again.  Thanks for getting this fixed for me.:)
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Thank you Emily,:)
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Can you go ahead an put me on the list for one more girl from anywhere.  This would bring my total to 4. 
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Hi Kate! I received your email this morning and replied with additional information about her family :). 
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Thank you! I just sent one last question. :) thanks for all the time you spend answering questions!!
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Not a problem, Kate! It's my pleasure :). I just replied and you should be receiving the email soon!
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Ok. I sent a couple more questions via email, but I was wondering. Is there a way to be notified if my correspondent girlie Is given a gift from her financial sponsor? Her birthday is coming up and it would be nice to know if she gets sent a gift at all...
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Kate, regrettably, we cannot send notifications about gifts on a regular basis. However, it looks like your correspondent girl's birthday is in February and her financial sponsor has not sent her a gift yet. I believe that it would be safe to believe that they most likely will not send a gift at this point. 
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Hello! I just started a sponsorship today and found this string about correspondent sponsors. I love kids as I have 16 siblings of my own and am very excited about sponsoring Maria! I am not able to financially sponsor more than one but I would love to be a correspondent. How does this work?
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Kaitlyn, it could be anywhere between a few days and several weeks. My guess is that you will receive your first child pretty quickly because you do not have any correspondent children currently and your request wasn't that specific. :) 
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Awesome! How will I know when I have been assigned? Will they just show up in my account?
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Hello - I am financially sponsoring one child right now. I know I will be adding to that as a financial sponsor soon for a second child, but for now, please add me as a correspondent sponsor when an opportunity arises. You can add up to 2 children, any gender, any location, any age.  Thank you!  :)
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Kate (I love that you changed your name on here! :) ), when you receive a new correspondent child, their photo and information will show up on your account. We will also send you that child's information in the mail. 
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Donna, it looks like you are an excellent letter writer! Thank you so much for loving and encouraging your sponsored child in this way! We would be honored to have you write to another two children in need. I just added you to the waiting list. As soon as a child becomes available for this program, we will send you their packet in the mail. :)
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May I please be added to the list for a girl correspondent child? Tanya sponsor number 3177814 
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Hi Tanya! I just added you to the list for a girl to write to. This way you'll have a boy and a girl, right? How fun! :) 
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exactly! Thank You SO much!
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My mom currently can't afford to sponsor but she would love to be a correspondent :) Since she doesn't have a sponsor number, how would she go about requesting to be on the list?
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Good Snowy morning to you too, it just started snowing about three minutes ago at almost exactly the same time our clock chimed 11am .. Thanks for adding me on again .. I love these kiddos and yes I LOVE learning about their countries and families, got two letters this week I am in heaven and have them answered, mailing the end of the week ..

Have a great day .. thanks again .. Hugs
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Miss Emily or Susan, I am not sure you can do this or not, but when I was in Honduras at center HO367 I had a girl attach herself to me and she wished I was her sponsor. So I spent the day with her .. I was wondering if you guys could look her up and see if she gets letters from her sponsor her name is Evelin Yaleny She is the sweetest thing and I would love to be her correspondent sponsor if she is not getting letters, we had our photo together and every thing.
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Hi TracAn! I am so glad that you had such a connection with this little girl on your trip and I am happy to look her up! I found sweet Evelyn Yaleny. Regrettably, she is sponsored by someone else and I cannot make you the correspondent sponsor unless her financial sponsor requests that. :( However, I will say that her sponsor sends her several letters a year. :) 
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Thanks anyway Susan, I appreciate you checking for me .. she is such a sweetie, I am just happy she gets letters .. did not want her to be without if I could write. I have our photo and I will continue to pray for her ..
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Susan or Emily I got a new little life on my account .. Nayelis from Columbia can I get her photo's and giving/sponsor information .. I now have a girl from every country in South America .. am I still on the list for Dominic Republic, Guatemala, and El Salvador I still have not received girls from those countries and I asked before for them. Just wondered if it was taking awhile or if I was not on the list. Thanks my dear friends, you guys are so good to us .. Hugs
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Hey, ladies : ) I'm getting all my ducks in a row with my account and I wanted to verify that I'm still on the correspondent list for 4 kids? I just want to make sure I'm not checking my account with moderate obsession for no reason. If I'm not, may I please be added for them? Thanks!
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Hey Lindsay! :) I like how you said "moderate obsession." Haha! You are on the list for 3 kids actually and you are at about 40 out of 109 requests right now. Would you like me to add you one more time so you have 4 total requests in?
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Yes, please! I think I got one mixed up thinking he was a replacement for my girl whose sponsorship was dropped.
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Good morning, Lindsay! That's not a problem at all :). I added to the list for another child request so that you have a total of four now. I hope you see another child on your account here very soon!
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One day all of this refreshing will pay off. :) I hit that button way too many times a day! Haha!!
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Yes, I carry my binder back and forth from home to work. So it's easy for me to just copy them at work. I can work on letters at lunch too. I am not gifted in the writing area, I am more crafty:)  I have a friend that has a blog and I wish is was as good as she is at writing lol. I usually keep my letters short and include lots of little things with the letters.
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I do not have work for copies. LOL .. I am home all day, which is good for writing letters.   I have each of my sponsor girls is a folder of their own, because I had them there before I found out about correspondents, then all the correspondent girls are going in another folder, almost need two now .. lol  My letters are not always really long but I have had lots to share about my trip and when You add photo's to the pages it takes more pages, but is too photo heavy to reprint so I started scanning them They each have a folder on the computer that has all incoming and outgoing letters in it .. devising a perfect plan that is going to work as I keep adding has been hard but I think I like this one .. LOL
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Scanning them is a great Idea. They letters I write online are easy to refer back to since they are saved. I have 10 kids so this seems to work for us. I also put some blank forms in our file box so my oldest daughter can grab one and write a letter anytime she wants. I don't know if your on Pinterest or not, but here is my board. I  always pinning ideas and things to print.

http://www.pinterest.com/casey_snyder80/compassion-international/
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Oh kewl, I am not on pintrest a lot anymore, but I followed you and I watch for things to pin too .. I love all these ways to get information and all .. just wished that everything I find came in all the different languages LOL
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Compassion also has a page on Pinterest. You are welcome to follow us. We also have a group board for letter writing ideas. It's called the Second Friday Letter Writing Club. Let me know if you would like to be a part of this group and I'll add you. :)
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Susan, can you tell me how many total I have on the waiting list at this point?
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Hi Deb! You are currently on the waiting list for three more children :).
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Thanks Emily, I promise I want ask all the time.:)  I just wanted to check this time to make sure I knew how many I should look for.:) You guys are awesome and thank you for working with all of us.
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Deb, it's not a problem at all :). I hope that you are assigned three sweet new children very soon!
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I think I have caught the letter writing bug :P I would like to become a correspondent on top of sponsoring :D I would love to be a correspondent for 3 girls. I would like them all to be 7 years or older. I want one of them to be from Togo, another from Haiti, and the other one from Brazil.

I also have a quick question. Do the kids with a correspondent know that the person writing to them is different than the person who is sponsoring them?
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Hi Miriam! Thank you so much for your desire to be a correspondent for children who don't receive letters! I have added you to the waiting list for three girls from the areas you requested. The only requirement to be a correspondent is to write at least three times each year to your children. To answer your question, most often your child will see you as their only sponsor. Sometimes, the project staff may communicate to the child in a way they will understand, that they have both a correspondent and someone else supporting them to attend the project. But this decision is left up to the project and their discernment. It's a beautiful thing having the opportunity to speak life, truth, and love, into a child's life. I pray that you enjoy this journey and receive a child very soon :). 
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Sorry to be a bother, but would it be possible to find out what number I am on the waiting list? I'd e-mailed that question to a representative, but was told that it wasn't possible to find out the number. So if it's not too much trouble, I'd really appreciate it!
Also, could I be placed on the list for 3 more girls, one each from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua? Thank you very much!
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Hi Erin! Our correspondent waiting list technically does not have numbers so the representative who emailed you was correct. This is why we give approximate numbers (Emily and I just look at the number of requests on each page to get an idea of where you are at). Your request is at about 40 out of 116 requests right now. I also added you back to the list for 3 more girls from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua.
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Ok was not going to do it but decided that I just have to know .. Susan do you mind letting me know where I am and how many I have if that is easy otherwise just where I am .. LOL
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TracAn, you are at about 101 out of 120 requests on the list right now. 
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Thank you so much, Susan! I'll just try to learn to be patient and wait until some new beautiful faces show up on my account.
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Can u also tell me were I am on list
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Hi Chelsie! Your first request is at about 75 out of 120 total requests for correspondent children. 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Please add me to the correspondence waiting list.

Could I be a correspondent for five more children?  I love writing to encourage them.
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Beverly, thank you for being so faithful in writing to these kiddos :). I have added you to the waiting list today to receive five more correspondent children. I hope you're having a beautiful week!
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Could you add me to the waiting list for another correspondent child, too? Anyone age 10 or older. Thank you!
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Hi tbmgvd! I just added you to the list for a child age 10 or older. :)
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Thank you! Can't wait to see a new face on my account!  :-)
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Wow, that was fast! Very exciting to see the sweet face of David on my account this morning. I see that his birthday is coming up in February already. Susan or Emily, would you be able to email me his letter and financial gift history so I know whether we need to plan for a birthday gift to him and how we should target our letters? Thank you!
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Hi Tbmgvd! That was fast, but I am so glad for you :). I just sent an email to you with the information you requested. Thank you for wanting to bless him on his upcoming 13th birthday! 
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Susan or Emily my mom Katherine Baremore would like another boy from either Sir Lanka or Nicaragua .. Thanks, 
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noI just got an answer from God for me to write to at least 30 girls, so they were putting any girls that did not fit into peoples requests on my list before I started trying to get girls from every country that Compassion works in
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Oh ok. That makes sense. Fun! :)
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Chelsie, since your last request, I do see that six more children have been added to your account. Regrettably, for some reason the other four requests did not save to our system. I apologize for this issue but I have added you to the list for four additional children today. Requests are being fulfilled much quicker lately and so I hope you receive these new children very soon!
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Thank you I have no idea why it didnt save :( and I bet I am at the end of the list now :(
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Chelsie, we just found all the requests that seemed to be missing. Praise the Lord! Not only are you not at the end of the list, but you have eight requests in there currently. :)
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Could we be added to the list for three more correspondent kids? Any country, any age. Thank you!
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Hi Rachel! I placed three more requests for you on the waiting list today :). Happy Thanksgiving! 
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Can you tell me if I'm still on the waiting list for 2 correspondent children? I believe that's what I'm on for but just wanted to double check. If I am still on the list can you tell me where I stand in the wait! I have a whole gang now so I'm keeping busy and am just loving getting to know them all!
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Hi Raechel! You are on the list for 2 more girls and your requests are at numbers 87 and 88. I am glad that you are enjoying writing to each of your kiddos and getting to know them! 
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I just want to make sure I am still on the list for 10 kids from anywhere, any age?
Laura
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Hi Laura! Yes, you're still on the correspondent list! :)
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Thanks!
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Hi, Emily! I just read your comment about requests not saving and wanted to check that I'm still on the list. Thanks!
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Hi Lindsay! I just took a look and you are still on the list for two more children. Yay! :)
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 I wanted to check to see where I am on the list for the age 8 or 9 year old girl.  Thanks!
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Hi Casey! You're still on the list and are very close to the top :). You can expect to get a new little girl within the next 2 weeks or so. 
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Great thank you!
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My mom, Kerylyn, is wondering if she is still on the list. She requested correspondent kids before my sister and I. We have received one of our requested kids while our mom has received none.
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Hi Miriam! Yes, I just checked and your mom is still on the list. It really just depends on what children we currently have available as far as how quickly you will receive correspondents. However, I have been seeing some boys from Africa coming in recently so we will likely assign her a child very soon. 
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Thank you, I will let her know! :)
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Susan or Emily, can you give me the email address to send one of you an email with a question?
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Hi Deb! You can email us at socialmedia@compassion.com :). 
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Hello Susan and Emily! I was just wondering if I could get a number on where I am for my last correspondent kiddo? I am getting ready to mail my envelope of letters to compassion but I wanted to make sure I wasn't about to get my other kiddo and have to mail another one right away? That's what happened with my last one so I just wanted to make sure. :) also, if you ever have any girls under 14 that don't have anyone on the list for them, I would be willing to take on a couple more. I know I got my 11 year old in 3 days so I'm guessing the list for the older ones is short.
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Hi Kate!  I went ahead and added you to the list for two more girls under 14 :). As of today, you're number 34 out of 94 total on the list. I don't have any way to provide a time frame for you of when that kiddo will get assigned to you, whether it be a couple of days or a couple of weeks, but I hope that it's soon!
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Thanks for checking. :) I didn't necessarily need to be added to the list, just wanted you guys to know I was willing if there were any "homeless" girls. I am content with my four girlies if all the others have people waiting for them. :)
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Just wanted to clarify. Did I get left on the list for 2 girls 14 and under or not? Either way is fine. Just wanted to know if I should be looking or not. :)
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Hi Kate! Yes, you are still on the list for those two girls :). You now have three requests on the waiting list. Please let me know if you decide that you would rather not have two more girls under age 14 and I will remove the requests. 
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Hello!

Could I be added to the list for a little girl from anywhere?

Thank you!

Abby
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Abby, I just added you to the list :). I am so glad that you're enjoying writing to these kiddos and have a desire to write to another little girl! 
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Hi I was wondering if I may please have an estimate of where I am on the waiting list Lizzy Lair Sponsor Number: 3189879 ? Thank you!
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Ok, I wasn't going to ask, but hey everyone else is...I should be on the list for a older boy from Africa (thought this would be a really easy request :).  It would have been from about 3-4 weeks ago.  Account number 2580053.  If I know it's going to be a bit of a wait, I will quit checking my account five times a day :)
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Hi yes can you please make my request for eight children. Thank you!
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Hi Debbie! You are definitely still on the list and getting close :). You should expect to receive your boy in the next week or so! 

Elizabeth, I put you on the list for six more children which will give you 8 more requests total :).
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I know I am getting close to the end of my list so if u can just add me for a few more :)
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Chelsie, I just added you to the waiting list, as you requested. :)

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