How long does it take for my letters to reach my sponsored child?

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When I write my sponsored child, how long does it take for them to receive my letter? Is it faster when I write on the website?
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Letters take anywhere between a few weeks to three months to reach your sponsored child. Writing the letter on Compassion's website can shorten that time.
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Lynell Blanchard

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How do I send a letter via the website, when I can't seem to set up an account?
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Shaina Moats

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I'm sorry you're having trouble setting up an account. You will need one in order to write your child on our website. To create one, please follow this link and enter your sponsor number and email address that is on your Compassion account. Your sponsor number will start with a 1 or a 2 and will be 6-7 digits long. Do not include the letters or the number after the dash. If you are still having issues, please contact us at ciinfo@us.ci.org so we can help you setup your account.
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Typically, letters will take 2-3 months to go each way. A good way to determine how long your letters take is to make note of when the child wrote their letter and compare that to the date you received it in the mail. If you can do that for a few letters from your child, you should have a more accurate average of how long your letters normally take.
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Debbie Skacel Tovar

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No, you shouldn't wait to write.  The kids are required to write every two months IF they received a letter during that two month period.  All kids are required to write twice a year.  So, if you wait to receive a letter, you could be putting about a six month gap in-between letters.  Some kids are really good at answering questions, etc., and some aren't.  Usually writing about once a month is good.
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Stephanie Barnard

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Oh okay. Thanks for the information. I just started sponsoring my first child in Jan 2015 and have only received the intro letter so far. So I wasn't sure what was best. 
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Adam

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Hey Stephanie! That's not an odd question at all. There's actually been some discussions on here lately about how often to write and it seems like a lot of people aren't sure. How old's your kiddo? Our family sponsors a 5 yo and we write all the time. I like knowing that she always gets a letter on letter days and I also love sending her stickers and coloring pages and stuff like that and sometimes the letters are just a good excuse, lol. :) Since she's only 5 so I don't really expect a pen-pal relationship but I think that might be a little different with the older kids. It's really just up to you how much you want to write. Once a month is probably a good place to start like Debbie said. Good question!
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Stephanie Barnard

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She is 13. Do you know how often letter days are?
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Adam

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I believe that letters are handed out once a month in nearly all the centers; twice a month at most depending on the location. It sounds like you're starting your sponsorship at a great time in your child's life as she's just entering into her teen years. She will be so blessed by your encouragement and support during this time in her life. I wouldn't worry about overwhelming her. I kind of look at it like this, the more that you write to her the more she will know about you and that might help her to feel more comfortable opening up when it comes time for her to write, you know.