How long is the correspondent waiting list wait time?

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I want to start a high school club for Compassion. I was thinking the club members could be correspondents to sponsored children, but I want to make sure the wait time to receive a child is realistic. In general, how long is the wait time for the correspondent waiting list? Thanks!
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Hi Rebecca! Typically the waiting list for correspondent children changes daily. Sometimes we have an overabundance of children on the waiting list and sometimes we have none. We also typically have some correspondent sponsors on the waiting list who have requested very specific kinds of children (certain countries, centers, age groups, etc.) and they have a longer wait than those who have no preferences. This means that it could take anywhere between days and weeks to receive a correspondent child from the waiting list. Right now, however, it looks like we have about sixty children waiting for correspondent sponsors and about thirty correspondent sponsors waiting for children. My guess is that if you were to ask today, you would get one within the next few days.
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Awesome, thanks so much!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Correspondent Wait List.


How long are sponsors typically on the wait list to receive a correspondent child?
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I recently asked to correspond with three more girls from Asia about a week ago. I was delighted because within the week they have added two of the girls to my online account. I've already sent them letters online even before I got their packets in the mail. I'm just waiting on the third. Hopefully it'll be quick for you like it was for me. I really love writing to these girls!
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Hi Abby! Susan explains the process of assigning correspondent children in the comment above so I went ahead and merged your inquiry to this conversation. Currently however, the wait list is a bit longer and we have over 200 people waiting to correspond with a child so the wait may be a while. I want to encourage you that you will stay on the list until a child is assigned to you. :) 
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I was wondering where in the correspondence program I am .. I asked for 30 girls from anywhere and I am checking my account a couple times a day and I wondered if you could tell me where I am on the list and if I should keep checking .. LOL .. I am just so excited to have more girls to write to and pray for and love.

Thanks,
TracAn
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TracAn, I am checking into where you are at on the list. It looks like we received a request from you back in May for 25 correspondent girls. Is this the same request that you are talking about? 
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I asked for 30 but they probably counted the girls I already have, Yes, I would like to know if even one of my names is close. I keep checking the page waiting .. if feels like it was longer ago than three months, but I would love to get them. I am working on the girls letters today .. Thank you for taking the time to check for me, I know I can be a pest, but I am so excited to start writing more letters now that God has given me this desire to touch lives. I hate the thought of kids not getting letters.
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TracAn, 

Regrettably, as you may be aware, we have over three-hundred requests for correspondent children right now and many of the people sending these requests have never been correspondents before. We try to give priority to those sponsors who do not currently have correspondent children to be fair to all. I have you on the correspondent waiting list requesting five girls to correspond with. Once you receive these five (it could take a few months), you are welcome to request another five correspondent children at a time until you reach your limit. We believe that it is best to pace yourself and not begin writing to so many at once, especially since there are so many other correspondents currently waiting for a child to write to. You might find that it is more difficult than you think to keep up with thirty plus children. Thank you for understanding. 
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Not a problem, I do not mind slowly making it up, I just did 30 because that is what I felt God saying when I was praying about adding some again .. I am just home alone on disability and get bored so it is good to have more kids to write to between Bible studies and house work .. and cannot afford to sponsor more than four right now or I would be sponsoring many more girls. A lot of the gals on the board have lots of kids too .. Thank you for finding out and for putting the time in here you do. I really appreciate it .. I hope to see a new girl soon, I will keep checking my account page daily .. lol

Hugs,
TracAn
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
corresponents.


how long before it gets to me
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Me too. I've been waiting for awhile. Am I still on the list for 5?
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Hi Jacqueline! I want to assure you that you will stay on the list until children become available for you to correspond with. I am sorry you have been waiting a while as I know how difficult it is waiting for a child to be assigned to you! Currently, your first request is number 70 on the list. Thank you so much for your patience and for wanting to write to more children. :) 
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Did you see where my request for 30 is on the list, is it filled first come or another way .. I am home all day on disability and so I love having the kids to pray for and write too. I am just so anxious to be an encouragement to these precious lives. Thanks,
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TracAn, I have been checking with another team member who is the main person to assign correspondent children to see if she has your request. She has not responded to my email yet, which is why I have not been able to respond to you. I checked the list but there are over 300 requests and I may be missing it. 30 is a large number (more than anyone else) so I am thinking that my team member will be aware of your request. As soon as I hear back from her, and have  a clear idea of where you are at, I will let you know. 
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Thank You so much .. I prayed about it when I was going to call in and God told me to do 30 kids, that I could easily write to one a day since I am just home on disability all day .. I do not mind if they are not all at the same time .. I am just excited to have this ministry to do for the Lord, and getting to come to Honduras and meet my girls there is icing on the cake from Nana ..
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ThANK YOU eMILY. i APPRECIATE EVERYTHING YOU GUYS DO! :)
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Can you put in another request if you are not seeing me .. let them know that it does not have to be all at one time, I would like to be assigned kids too, but one at a time is fine .. Thanks,
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TracAn,

Regrettably, as you may be aware, we have over three-hundred requests for correspondent children right now and many of the people sending these requests have never been correspondents before. We try to give priority to those sponsors who do not currently have correspondent children to be fair to all. I have you on the correspondent waiting list requesting five girls to correspond with. Once you receive these five (it could take a few months), you are welcome to request another five correspondent children at a time until you reach your limit. We believe that it is best to pace yourself and not begin writing to so many at once, especially since there are so many other correspondents currently waiting for a child to write to. You might find that it is more difficult than you think to keep up with thirty plus children. Thank you for understanding. 
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Susan you did not say where I was on the list .. I keep checking for more girls on the site and no luck, am I way far away after being on so long? Nana got six boys so fast .. just wondering where I was .. I am starting the Christmas cards for the unsponsored kids so have something else to do other than write, but I still cannot wait to see a new face on my account soon .
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TracAn, I just checked the list and your first request is number 290 on the list out of 314 total.  Thank you for starting Christmas cards for unsponsored children! That will be such a sweet surprise for those kiddos, we appreciate you taking time to do that. :) -Emily 
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I've been waiting for more correspondence children for awhile now.  About how long do you think the wait will be?
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Hi Laura! I just looked on the list and regrettably, I was not able to find your name. I see that in the last couple of months, 3 more correspondent children have been added to your account. We recently transferred our correspondent list over to another location and I am wondering if it's possible that not all of your requests got transferred over. I see that you had requested 5 back in April and so that means you would still be waiting for 2 additional children. Please accept my sincere apologies for any misunderstanding there may have been in how many children you had requested. I have placed you back on the list today to receive additional correspondent children as they become available. Thank you so much for your patience and I personally want to thank you for your faithful love and encouragement through letters to so many children! 
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Hi Emily, that is okay. I thought I may have not been entered on the list or something happened as usually children are added quickly and I've had nothing since I had another request on this site for five more children. It has been a long time since I requested and I have not received any new names. The recent one was because one was taken away. Could you please add me for five children? Anywhere, any age. Thanks.
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Laura, Certainly! I have you on the list for five correspondent child requests. 
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Thanks
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I would also like to know where in line I am on the correspondent list if it is not too much trouble. :)
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Good Morning Marissa! Your first request is currently number 78 on the correspondent waiting list. You will remain on the list until children become available for you to write to. :) 
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Thank you!
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If it's not too much trouble could you see where I am at on the list please?
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Hello Abby! Thank you so much for requesting to write to 2 precious children. As of today, you are number 230 on the list. Thank you so much for your patience as we work to find you a child! 
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My apologies if this has been asked and answered already. I'm running out the door at work and figured I'd squeeze one more question in before I get on the train. When an individual puts in a request for let's say 3 correpsondent kids, are they put on the waiting list in 3 consequtive slots of does it alternate between people? I kow there has to be more to it than basic going down a list due to people who have made specific requests and priority to those who are new to corresponding, but in general, how does it go?
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Hi Lindsay! I'm not sure if your exact question has been asked yet so thank you for asking! I hope you have or had (depending on when you read this) a safe ride home! :) Basically, if someone requests three correspondent kids, we will place them on the list three consecutive times. When their request matches up with a child that we have available, we will mark that particular listing as complete. This sponsor would then have two and then one and then zero listings as we fill their requests.

We give priority to people who do not have any correspondent children and we also look at the date they requested to give priority to those who requested correspondent children first. Then we have to link up children who are available with specific preferences in the requests. This means that it may not matter as much where you are on the correspondent waiting list if you have a specific request or have multiple sponsored children already. Even though you may have requested first, there may be others who are still waiting for a correspondent child or who had no preferences. 
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Thanks, and good to know! I may be getting a few surprises on my account soonish as Daniel showed up on July 24 and he was supposed to be the first of 5. :)

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