How many letters will I receive from my child each year?

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Lizzie, Champion

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Currently, you will receive 3 letters a year from your child. In July 2012, which you can read about here http://blog.compassion.com/changes-to... If you write your child often, every 60 days you should receive a letter from your child as of July 2012. So exciting :)
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We are in the process of changing our correspondence guidelines. These changes will be complete in July 2012. At this time, you will receive a minimum of three letters per year from your sponsored child.
Beginning July of 2012, you will receive up to 9 letters each year- 2 required from the child, up to 6 reciprocal, and 1 from someone involved with the project. You may receive more, depending on if the child would like to write more. For full details, check out this article: http://blog.compassion.com/changes-to...
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Is this valid for other sponsoring countries as well (beside USA)?
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Shaina Moats

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These changes are for all Compassion partners, but may be implemented at different times. I encourage you to contact your local office for more details.
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Steph Paxton

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So so so excited to receive more letters after these changes are implemented!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Why don't I get many letters from my sponsered child?.
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It has been brought up that sponsors who have gone to visit in country are being told that the children may write a maximum of 6 times per year. This is even if they desire to write more. I know there is a discussion going on OC about it. This seems to be different than the info we were given previously.

I have many Compassion children and am actually hearing from them a lot less than before the changes to the letter writing system. While I know that sponsorship should not be about what we, as sponsors, get out of it, I am mourning the loss of relationships with some of our sponsored children who used to write frequently. We will continue to write once or twice a month to each of our children.
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Michelle, I agree that this is discouraging. We have not noticed any increase in our infrequent (2-3 time a year) writers except for one child. This child is up to 4 letters this year which does make me very happy! Our child who used to write the most has drastically decreased :( And sadly our infrequent writers are still as infrequent as ever. I was told in email that even with how frequent I write (1-2 times a month) they are only required to write twice a year. The rep then went on to say that the child had the option of writing an additional 4 times a year for a 6 letter a year maximum. It was stressed that the extra 4 letters were optional. It has been well over a year since this new letter writing system was brought to our attention on OC and about 6 months since it was implemented. I would like to think that these concerns would have been addressed by now but it doesn't appear to be the case. In any case we will still sponsor and write our children faithfully. I just wish Compassion was more forthcoming about what to expect in regards to letters because this system is anything but improved. :(
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I asked CI the same question as you, Kristen. Here is their response to me (in June 2012 when they put out the new plan to be implemented in July)-

"Since you write several times each month to all of your children, the biggest change that you will see is that your children will respond to your letters more often. Since many of the children in our programs need extra help in writing letters to their sponsors, we can only guarantee that children will write bi-monthly. This means that because you write every month, you might receive a letter from each child every two months (or sixty days). If each child writes you every two months, this would come out to a total of six letters every year.

"According to our records, Lucie from Haiti only wrote you three times in 2011, which was the minimum that children had to write annually. With these new correspondence guidelines, she will now write you double the amount that she has written to you in the past.

"For those sponsors who do not write there children (which is sadly many of our sponsors), their sponsored children will only be required to write letters every six months."

They did not say if the children can write more. However, I doubt they would be discouraged in it. They may not be encouraged to write more, though. I hope that we will get a better answer from Shaina and the team on Monday.
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Thanks for sharing your response Lizzie. It just goes to show you that there is confusion even in the call center. My response was within the past couple of weeks.
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http://blog.compassion.com/changes-to... In this blog post that was put out to announce the letter writing changes, it says that the children may volunteer to write more than 6 times a year. However, people who have been to visit projects and field offices are reporting that the CI staff in the field are saying otherwise.

http://ourcompassion.org/sponsors/f/1... This post from OC touches on this:

"Well, on my recent sponsor tour to Bolivia we visited the country office in Cochabamba and while touring the mailroom I asked Maria Elena about the policy there. As many of us suspected, the children write 2 mandated letters per year and UP TO 4 more if they receive letters for a MAXIMUM of 6 per year. The children are NOT allowed to write more than this even if they ask. 6 is the max, less for those who don't write. Since those of us upset by a maximum have been repeatedly told that this was not the case and that children could write more if they wished, at least in Bolivia this seems to not be true as the country office is following this other policy." -quote from that thread.

"I have received a letter from one of my children in EC saying that he wishes that he could write more often so we could know each other better... One in IO said that her tutor said no, she cannot write more often because it isn't allowed... In BD, the staff also were surprised that we had been told that our children could write more than 6 times/ year if they wanted and received more than 6 letters from the sponsor; they clearly hadn't gotten that message." - another quote
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Thanks for passing along this feedback Michelle. I have read through it and passed it on. I'll let you know when I have more information.
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You can read my response on OC here: http://ourcompassion.org/sponsors/f/1...

I want to reiterate that children can write more than 6 times, if they choose to. You can find more details about this at the link above.
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I haven't heard from my Child in Ethiopia since August. Should I call Cimpassion for a field inquiry? I heard that if its been 4 months to call. but didn't know if this was just for 1st letters or letters after that as well. I am talking about Mekdelawit.
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You are correct- you should receive your first letter within 4 months. Subsequent letters should be received within 6 months. If you don't receive a letter by January, please contact us.

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