How many sponsors can a child have?

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How many sponsors can a child have? I only ask out of curiosity if I am my children's only sponsor. I am wondering so that I know how much of an impact my personal letters will have in their lives.
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You are your child's only sponsor. And your letters have a huge impact on your child!! They change lives. Here are a couple posts on the Compassion blog that tell more about the impact of letters-

Hope this helps, Lizzie :)
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Lizzie is correct, you are the only sponsor for your child. Your letters are an incredible source of encouragement, so write often. In fact, we've found that children that receive regular correspondence from their sponsors tend to do better in school and stay in our program longer.
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Can't you sponsor in a group with one representative?
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Technically, you could do that on your end, but as far as is concerned, the one person making the payments is THE sponsor, and that's normally who the child would address letters to as well. The idea of group sponsorship can often be confusing for the sponsored children. It can also be a bit intimidating to them to know they are writing to say, 15 people and of course this also makes it more difficult for the intimate relationship between sponsor & child to develop.

If you were going to do something like this, some suggestions would be: 1. choose an older child that you could explain the concept to so they understand that the letters may be written by multiple people. 2. consider having the same person write (begin) every letter, and then include shorter notes/pictures/etc from the others (so that each letter is really from the first person each time). 3. probably most importantly, make sure you do not start a group sponsorship unless heaven forbid, you could take on the entire expense yourself should the group decide they no longer wish to participate. This way your child isn't left sponsorless altogether and literally feeling abandoned by multiple people at once.

I hope that all helps a bit. These are just my opinions for the most part, but I do know that one person would still be considered the sponsor for that child. Have a great day!
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We have a group sponsorship through my blog but I am the one who writes the letters. The only occasion where all of the sponsors write is for KD's birthday. We shower her with cards.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
If I sponsor a child, will I be supporting that child on my own? Or will there be other's donating the $38 per month to the same child?.

The title said it all... If I sponsor a child, will I be supporting that child on my own? Or will there be other's donating the $38 per month to the same child? Thanks!
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Hi James, You would be the only person contributing to that child.  One sponsor per child :)
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I thought we were our only child’s sponsor but I saw our sponsored child’s photo and card at a church we visited a while ago. The church posted near it that it was their sponsored child. Any idea why that is?
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Hi Mark! Yes,  every child does only have one sponsor at a time. How long ago did you visit the church? Was it right after you started sponsoring Yared? It could have been that they were sponsoring him before you picked him up and just hadn't taken down the photo. Are you positive that it was the same child? It could have been another child at the program that your child attends, even wearing similar clothing. Some children do share the outfits you see in their photos as they want to look their absolute best in the photos. Several children may share the exact same nice outfit.

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