How long will my child be in the program?

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I sponsor a child in Tanzania. How long will he be in the program?
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My sponsored child has graduated from college, do i still provide support for him/her after that?

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Graduated Chil Sponsorship.
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Many thanks! I think this is a great information coz most sponsors think that the support is only in the area of education. So, do the sponsors get to view the child's goals? IMHO, to see the list of child's goals being met would be a great encouragement to the sponsor.
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Yes, that would be really cool. These goals are kept at the project level. You can write to your sponsored child and ask them about their goals in your next letter. I'm sure they'd be happy to share them with you.
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if Thailand is 22, why did my girl Pui graduate from the program when she was 18? She was still in high school!
God bless
Misty
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Hey Misty! The ages listed are the maximum age that a child can be in our program until. It is possible for a child to complete our program before the maximum age if they complete their goals. Pui would have completed all of her goals before completing our program- that's great news!
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that's cool, kind of. I knew she was smart. It seems that part of the support the project gives would still be necessary until she graduated high school and could get a job. Just a thought.
thanks
God bless
Misty
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Our sponsored child is 19 going on 20. How much longer will we sponsor her?
Thank you,
Dennis Cowley Donor 249303

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Duration of sponsorship.
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My child turns 18 in March, will she be finished with the program then? She lives in Peru, and I believe we received a letter saying this will be her last year. Can I find out when that will be? Thanks

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What age are they finished in Peru.
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First time sponsor.


This sound like a dumb question but I am a first time sponsor and my husband asked me, how long is this commitment for? I didn't have an answer.
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Hi Linda! This is not a dumb question! I'm glad you asked! :)

Basically, we ask that you commit until your child completes our program. Completion ages are listed above based on the country where your child is from. However, we understand that sometimes situations change. If at some point you are not able to continue your sponsorship commitment, just let us know and we will look for another sponsor.
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Since my sponsored child has turned 18, does my sponsorship of him continue?.
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My sponsor child will be 21 years old in May. When do they age out?.


I have been sponsoring my child since he was 5 yrs. He is now 20 and will be 21 this year. I was wondering when the sponsorship ends. Will they notify me or will I have to call and let them know?
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Daniel and Becky,

22 is actually the maximum completion age, even in Africa. It could take a little bit after the adolescent's birthday for the paper work and official completion notification to be received but by no means will we let them stay in the program for another whole year. They have to send the information within 60 days of the adolescent's anticipated completion date. We will be contacting you very soon about your sponsored child's completion.
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Hi Susan, I'm just curious when the maximum completion age changed from the end of the year one is 22 (or any final year) to the beginning. Information in this CI blog entry from 2010 and this thread (comment Shaina posted from me in another thread) from 2012 indicate that if 22 is the maximum age then the child can remain in the program (if he/she chooses) until the child is 23. I certainly do not want to be giving out wrong information to other sponsors. Thanks in advance for any clarification you can provide!

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Hi Becky! I'm getting this clarified/updated. I'll let you know what I find out! 
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Becky,

I'm sorry for the delay! Also, I apologize as I was wrong. The exact time of graduation is really the decision of the student center leadership. Although the maximum completion age may be 22, they would have until their 23 birthday to officially complete. However, as I mentioned, if the child has not completed within 60 days of their anticipated date (which is almost always their 22 birthday) then we are able to send an inquiry to verify the date. I don't believe I have ever seen a student actually stay in the program till their 23 birthday but they do have that option if they have things that they need to finish out. Let me know if you have any further questions or concerns.
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Thanks for the clarification Susan. I have thought about sponsoring an older child, and it's good for me to understand that while they may be in the program until the end of their 'age out year' it is much more likely that they will graduate the program at the start of the age out year. I definitely think it is much better for the local leadership, who know our kids to make these decisions than others from afar, which is one of the many reasons I love Compassion :-)
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
When does sponsorship end?.


When signing up for this sponsorship, I was told that we made the commitment to support our child until the age of 18. Maylen turned 18 in October. Is she still receiving the support, and when does or obligation terminate?
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If I have the right account, Maylen is from the Philippines. If so, she is looking to graduate the program in October of 2017. However, we completely understand that this is a long time to commit to a child/adolescent and you have already made a world of difference in Maylen's life. You are welcome to continue sponsoring her for however long you feel led. Please email ciinfo@us.ci.org or call 800-336-7676 if you would like to discontinue your commitment. 
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How long do you sponsor your child?.


I was just thinking the other day, I just started sponsoring a child about a week ago and was just wondering how long you sponsor a child. Do you give the monthly payment until they are 18 and are adults? I wasn't sure and I'm slightly confused since I just started all of this.
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how do i know when my sponsored child/adult is finished with the compassion program?.


i've been sponsoring my child (KE4150676) since 2003 and now he's 18. i don't want to presume that when they're 18, they're considered an "adult" like in the US. but i am curious about when it's appropriate to end my giving to dismas, and perhaps redirect that $ to a younger child.
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Official Response
Depending on the country in which your sponsored child lives, they can stay in our program until the age of 18-22. The maximum age for Tanzania is 22. 

Here's a comprehensive list of each country we work in and the corresponding completion age: 

Africa 

  • All countries: 22


Central America & Caribbean 

  • Dominican Republic: 20

  • El Salvador: 22

  • Guatemala: 18

  • Haiti: 22

  • Honduras: 18

  • Mexico: 22

  • Nicaragua: 18


Asia 

  • All countries: 22


South America 

  • All Countries: 22


  • List updated 5/22/19
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How long will I sponsor my child?.
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at what age does the child complete the program?.


One of the children we sponsor turns 20 this year, but it says his "completion date" isn't until 20161201 -- I'm guessing that this is his high school graduation date?  Will he remain in the Compassion program that entire time?  I'm happy to continue sponsoring him until his program is complete, but after that time, we are switching to a World Vision sponsorship, so please let me know what timeframe we can expect.  Thanks!
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Hi Tina! The completion/graduation date refers to the anticipated date that your child will be done with Compassion's program and not necessarily high school. The date in Emanuel's case is around December of 2016. Let me know if I can help in any other way. 
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My child is named Winnie Kagwiria and she is within a few years of completing the program. My family and I do not want to lose touch with her just because she is no longer in the Compassion program and we are wondering if we are allowed to send our home address to Winnie for her to write to us once she is out of the program? She has become like a part of our family and the idea of just never hearing from her again would be truly upsetting. Never knowing if she was able to make it in a world where so many odds are against her. Please let me know how Compassion's policy works on this issue. Thank you!
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Aaron, I appreciate the connection that you've built with Winnie! When Winnie has left the program, we can give her your direct contact information. However, we ask that you sign a waiver of liability first. This waiver outlines the risks involved with direct communication. If you are interested in finding out more and moving forward with continuing correspondence with Winnie after the program, please let us know by giving us a call at 800-336-7676 or emailing ciinfo@us.ci.org.  
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Support after 18?.


I have a child from Bolivia who turns 18 at the end of this year. I see that Bolivia support ends at 22 years of age, while other latin america countries end at 18. Why the difference? Also, why should any support end past 18 years of age?
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Hi Gary! That's a great question! I know it can seem strange when in the US we consider an eighteen year old an adult. Why wouldn't this young person be on their own? 

Several of our South American countries have a maximum completion age of twenty-two years of age (Brazil, Bolivia, and Peru). In these countries, many of the children may not be able to start school until they start the Compassion program, which could be as late as age nine. They may also have a culture in which children begin school later. We want our children to get through primary school as well as some vocational training before leaving so that they will be well prepared for life after the program. 

In 2011, about 51% of sponsorship children were reported to have completed primary school before they left the program. This number is lower than one might expect because many children leave the program at younger ages, before they are able to complete primary school. We've seen that the older a child is when they leave the program, the better the chance is that he or she will have completed primary school. Basically, being in the program provides - among other things - the support and encouragement these kids need to stay in school. The longer they stay in school, the better they will do in their life after the program. This is why many of our countries have adopted a later maximum completion age. 

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My further confusion comes from information online of a completion date of October 2017 yet says he is in 11th grade equivalent.  Is there a way I can tell when in fact he graduates or is otherwise ready to leave the program?
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Gary, I'm so sorry for the confusion. You are correct that his anticipated completion date is around October 2017. Children may or may not choose to stay in the program until they reach the
completion age. Some children are ready to leave after high school graduation.
Others decide to stay for extra vocational training. Once your child reaches
their final planned year in the program, we will send you a letter about eight
months prior so that you may prepare to say goodbye and then of course as soon as he officially completes we will let you know.
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Continuing contact?.


When do you stop sponsoring your child? How old are they? Or does it depend on the child? I ask because my child is getting older...Also, when they stop being sponsored, how can you continue communication?
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Hi there! We have maximum completion ages set for each country. Please check the list above for your child's country to get an idea of when your child will complete. We also have the anticipated completion age listed on the "My Sponsorships" page on the "My Account." Sometimes children will complete early and some wait until the maximum completion age. The decision on when a child will complete is decided by your child and their student center staff. If you would like to continue communication after they are done with the program we can help. Please ask us about continued communication once your child completes the program. 
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I have sponsored a child for years, and they just graduated from school. How long do they stay in the program? What happens to them now?.


I have sponsored a child for several years, and they just graduated from high school. How long are they allowed to stay with the program after school? What happens to them now?
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Did the completion date change? When we started I thought completion was age 16?.
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Hi Charles! I'm so sorry for the confusion! Some of our countries in Latin America have a maximum completion age of eighteen years old and can complete as early as sixteen years old. However, Indonesia, where your child is has had a maximum completion age of twenty two years old for several years. If your child's anticipated completion date were ever to change, we will contact you. Also, you are more than welcome to look at your child's anticipated completion date any time you would like by logging into your "My Account" and clicking the button for "My Sponsorships." The anticipated completion date is listed under schooling and is listed as YYYY/MM/DD. In the example below the anticipated date would be around June of 2016. 



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When I met my child and some people from his center I had the opportunity to ask about his completion date. Right now it says when he's about 18. However, they're hoping to keep him longer - he is a good candidate for it they say (and I agree! :)). Would they be able to change it? In his country the students can stay until 22.
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Hi Michelle! When your child completes is ultimately up to your child and his staff. Obviously they have to stay within the parameters of the maximum age in their country but beyond that they can do whatever makes the most sense developmentally for him. If staff think he would benefit from staying in the program another three years, they are welcome to coordinate this with their country office. 
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How long is my commitment?.


I have been sponsoring 2 children and the older child became 18 in May.  I had understood my financial commitment was to age 18, but she is still listed on my July billing.  Has something changed?
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Hi Marcia! It looks like your older child is anticipated to complete the program around May of 2018. However, your commitment to your children is really as long as you feel led to give. We don't want this to become a burden but a joy and we do understand that sponsoring a child potentially from age one to twenty-two is a huge commitment. If you would like to make any changes to your giving just let us know by posting here, calling 800-336-7676, or emailing ciinfo@us.ci.org
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I sponser a child in the Phillipines who is 19. When does the sponsership end?.
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Hi Kimberly! :) I believe I found the correct account for you and it looks like Mae is expected to complete our program in July of 2016. She is currently receiving vocational training in Business Office Information. You have been with her for several years now! I hope you are enjoying it. Thank you so much for helping her reach this point in her life! 
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How long will my child be in the program?.


 My child is from Bolivia and he just turned 18. is this his last year in the program?
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When does my child age out of the program?.


Sorry to be cliche, but my sponsored child is turning 18 in May 2015 and for his expected age-out date, it lists his sponsored child number. Just wondering when he completes his auto mechanic training and ages out of the program. Thanks for all y'all do for these kids! I started sponsoring Michael when Compassion did a presentation at Milligan College during my junior year, and it has been such a blessing to my life!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled How long is a child sponsored for? Is there an age when the child sponsorship is ....

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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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Is there an age when children are no longer eligible to be sponsored?.

I thought there was an age where children were no longer eligible for the program. I'm interested in sponsoring a child that is nearing that time so they don't miss out on this opportunity.