Is there an age when children are no longer eligible to be sponsored?

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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.
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Donna

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Debbie Skacel Tovar

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it's usually two years before they graduate (most countries 22), so usually they don't put them on the website after age 20, even though I have seen a few.  I think these guys can still be sponsored if you call and ask for one that old.  Usually these kids are given correspondence sponsors if they don't have a regular sponsor.
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Good morning Ladies! Donna, the maximum age that any child can be enrolled in our program is 22 years old in most countries as Debbie mentioned. Also, the maximum age that a child can be registered to come into our program is 9 years old. There are a few of our countries that have a lower maximum completion age than 22, however. For example, 18 years old is the maximum completion age in the following countries: Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Please rest assured however, that none of our children are kicked out of the program if they don't have a sponsor. So a child will not miss the opportunity to finish our program just because they are unsponsored. They will have the chance to graduate our program and receive additional vocational training while we work to find that child a sponsor. Please note however, that sometimes children do graduate our program at an earlier age if they are doing extremely well and are ready to complete or if they have other obligations or opportunities after high school. 

We are happy to find you an older child or if you have one in mind we can certainly assign that child to your account, just let us know! :) Later teen years are such a critical age for students in our program and we want to give them the tools and preparation they need to be successful and self sustaining once they leave the center. We are so grateful for sponsor's like you that have a heart for these bright young men and women! 
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William Blair

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I have a sponsor child in Colombia who is 18.On my account it says her completion date is 7-1-2018.Can you check on this for me of should I call the office?
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Emily

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Hi William! Thank you so much for catching my mistake in putting Colombia on that list, oops! The maximum completion age for our children in Colombia is 22 and I have removed Colombia from the above list :). I also double checked your girls account and we still expect her to complete in 2018. 
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William Blair

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Hi Emily.They must have just raised the age limit.I was told on the Honduras sponsor tour they were making changes in the LDP so all countries will have the same age limit at 22.The changes are being made so more sponsor kids can be in the LDP.
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Emily

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Hi William! Yes, you're correct. They have been raising the age limit in most countries to be 22. These changes have been happening over the past several months. Not all of our countries have officially raised their age limit yet but most have. 
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Emily, is Mexico still 18?  I know it was 18 in December 2013, but I wasn't sure if it had changed yet - thanks :)

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