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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Shaina Moats

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Susan

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Lizzie, I know you had posted on the above merged post. Yes, Mexico's maximum completion age has been updated to 22 years old. :)
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Okay, thank you! :)
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Can we continue to write after a child ages out of the program in Kenya.  Both she and I would love to continue our relationship. Thanks.
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Karen, you can sign a release form from Compassion that will allow them to give your child your information. Then your child would have to initiate contact with you. I've released my info to one of my kids, but I don't think he has the means to contact me, so....
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Thank you Kristin. My Kenya daughter and I have been writing for about 7 years and we have discussed our continuation of corresponding.  So I am glad to hear this.  Academically she is excelling and I've prayed and encouraged to become engaged in a service career so I feel she will be able to continue in the future after aging out.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled At what age or conditions do sponsorships change or discontinue? One of our chil....

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Hi Jan! As mentioned above, we have maximum completion ages by country that range from 18-22 years of age. The exact age is determined by the local staff and your child based on relevant programs in the area. It looks like Jenefer is anticipated to complete our program around November 2016. Chandeler is anticipated to complete around March 2020. As soon as your children officially complete, we will notify you via phone or letter. 
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I got that letter after my child turned 21, but then I got a letter from her and you are still billing me. Sponsor #01180749 
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Pamela, as I mentioned above, the maximum completion ages vary by country from 18-22 years of age. Your sponsored child, Debora, is anticipated to complete our program around June 2019 when she will be 22 years old. This information is also listed under the My Sponsorships section on your My Account. Are you willing to continue to sponsor Deborah for another year? If so, we will for sure notify you and stop your automatic withdrawal just as soon as she is done with our program. Thank you for your partnership in this precious young woman's life! 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Completion Date.

My sponsorship info says that my child's completion date is 9/1/15; I haven't received any info about completion.  The next payment date is listed in October.  The completion age for Uganda is 22, and my sponsored child just turned 22, she will be 23 in Sept. 23.   So, does my sponsorship end this month, or next year?
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Hi Harymouck!  Just like you mentioned, the completion date we have listed for Naula is September 2015. That is an estimated date. It can usually take a little bit after Naula's birthday for the paper work and official completion notification to be received in the US office. They have to send the information within 60 days of the adolescent's anticipated completion date. We will be contacting you very soon about her completion at which point the sponsorship will officially end for you. Thank you so much for blessing her with your sponsorship since she was nine years old! I know she is extremely grateful that you committed to taking her through the entire program. :) 
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Thanks!  That really helps me with some planning for the future.  I'm really glad I've been able to stick with her this whole time, she has grown into a beautiful young woman.  
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Age limits for sponsored children.

I was surprised to learn that children can be sponsored up to the age of 22. Can you provide some information about why that would be necessary ? My child is in Bangladesh and I'm curious about the culture. Does Compassion keep educating students beyond what we consider high school age? If so would it be in vocational training?

Thank you!
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Hi Sandy!

That's a great question! Our goal is for the children in our program to become responsible and fulfilled Christian adults who know their worth and potential in Christ and become leaders in their communities. One thing that keeps individuals in the grips of poverty is a lack of hope, self worth, and a lack of opportunity. 
 
Many of our children have never entered school before being registered into our program. Our research has shown that the longer children stay in our program, the better the chance is that he or she will have completed primary school and the better they do throughout life after they leave our program. While your child is in the program, they receive the love, support, and encouragement from the staff at the center and from you, that they need to stay in school and also to pursue their goals they make while registered in our program.

In the past, we had a program called the Leadership Development Program in which select children were able to be sponsored through University. But this program was more expensive to fund and only helped a small amount of students in our program. In the effort to improve youth development strategies, we are incorporating leadership development into our Holistic Child Development Model as well as make new education and training opportunities available to every beneficiary in Compassion’s program. Most of our countries have adopted a later maximum completion age. In their later years in our program, we provide vocational training in a skill that will help them develop in their gifts and pursue a career, tutoring, mentoring, and leadership training. These children are incredible and we want to prepare them as best they can for all that God has for them once they graduate :).

I see that your precious girl, Suchitra, is 18 now! She's set to graduate in November of 2019. I would encourage you to ask her in your letters what she is learning at the center and what vocational skill she's learning :). I bet she'd love to tell you what her plans are for the next couple of years :).
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Hello! My child is 21 now and in Burkina Faso (West Africa). So based on what you're saying, her participation ends on her birthday? Is she aware?
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Hi Lorren! Thank you for your message! Yes, children in our program are aware of when their graduation date is, and the age of completion in Burkina Faso is the age of 22. :)