Information on Child's Hardship

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Through reading on various Compassion media I've seen that if there's a disaster or something in a sponsored child's area that affects them, sponsors will be notified. I have 2 questions kinda regarding the topic. 1) Does this hold true for correspondent children as well, or will on financial sponsors be notified? 2) If there's some chronic problem in a child's life such as trouble at home that Compassion is aware of, will the sponsor be made aware of it or is it up to the child to broach the subject if they choose? I got curious (though not suspicious something was going on or anything like that) when one little girl asked for me to pray to keep her safe and while looking up bible references she made found they were all about seeking safety. I know and general worries there are worlds apart from a lot of the worries the average kid here has, but it got my wheels of curiosity turning.
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Hi Lindsay!

Some of this is a little complicated, but hopefully I can answer all of your questions here:

1) In some cases, we are able to contact both the financial sponsor and the correspondent sponsor. Regrettably, this does not hold true in all situations. However, if there was a serious situation that impacted your correspondent child, we will notify you. 

2) Compassion is very sensitive to issues of child protection. Every employee, from center workers to staff at our Global Ministry office, receives training on child protection and responding to child abuse and exploitation. We do not want to share information that could put the child in harms way or share any type of sensitive personal information that the child has not given us permission to share. For example, we have children in our programs who were born with HIV. This is a chronic medical issue (as an immunodeficiency disease the child could get sick more frequently) that we will not share with the sponsor unless the child has given us permission to do so or maybe the child has brought it up in a letter. The same goes for a situation of abuse in the home. The staff are usually very aware of these sensitive issues as they make home visits and know each child individually. They are trained on the steps to take to protect that child. However, we will not share this type of information with a sponsor unless the child has given permission to share it. For less sensitive situations, like the death of a guardian or a natural disaster that affected the child, we will notify the sponsor. 
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Good to know. Thanks, Susan!

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