My child Angel is no longer with the "program". What is going on with him?

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I was notified that my child Angel #ME-731-0598 is no longer with Compassion. What is going on with him? I called Compassion and someone gave a generic answer that I have read online here before that he was not attending the programs. What are these "programs"? These children are dependent upon the adults in their lives to get them places so why doesn't Compassion have a program that picks these children up if their parents or guardians can't or why doesn't Compassion go to their neighborhoods and do the "programs" at a home like Vacation Bible School so that the children are still exposed to the programs? It is terrible that the children should be excluded based on the negligence or incapability of their guardians to get them to the "programs" you have designed in order for them to be supported. 
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Shannon Massey, Employee

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Hi Caron, 

Thank you so much for reaching out to us with all your feedback and ideas! We truly appreciate your heart behind them! Please know that anytime a child leaves Compassion for any reason other than graduating the program, we do not take it lightly. In situations like this where a caregiver is not complying with policies, it can mean a handful of things. However, most often it means that they either are refusing to let their child learn what Compassion teaches, which typically tends to be the religious side of the program; or they need the child to help with other tasks that they feel takes priority over attending the program. Many times a child must stop attending the program to help around the house with siblings or chores, or sometimes even help make income. In this case, I would say he is still pretty small, so this is less likely.
Regardless of why Angel had to stop attending the program, please know that Compassion does everything they can to help the caretaker understand what we stand for and how much we believe that this program will change the child's life. In many situations we spend months working with families to try to change their minds and allow the child to stay in the program. Our hearts break when our efforts do not work, but there is no other option if a caretaker refuses to comply with Compassion policies. 
In addition, there are cases where the child will come back into the program at a later time. If this ever did happen for Angel, we would let you know to give you the opportunity to pick him back up, if you would like to do so, before making him available for anyone else to sponsor. 
Thank you again for your kind and caring heart! God bless! 
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Hi, I'm not staff, but you mentioned doing the programs in the child's neighbourhood, I just wanted to add that they do.  The children must live close to the church where the program runs in order to attend, I forget the distance but it's part of the requirements for being registered to Compassion to make sure that it is accessible for the child.  Most my kids tell me they walk to the program. Fortunately there are hundreds of projects all over the place.  
You also asked what the program is... 
It's basically the hub of Compassion.  It's where the kids go to learn trades, get medical checkups, eat healthy meals, get tutoring for school, get and write their letters, make their graduation plan, play games, go on field trips, and learn about God.  They run at least once a week for the kids, though many of my kids attend more often, I have a couple kids that attend 5-6 days a week but I think once a week is the norm.  When you sponsor a child your money is going to your child's project to support your child in all these things (like the meals, medical checkups, field trips, tutoring etc etc etc).  So unfortunately if the child isn't attending they aren't benefitting from Compassion anymore and while Compassion does everything they can help them, if the parents won't allow it anymore, or the child moves away etc, then the child has to be dropped from the program so that a new child who will benefit can take their spot.  
Also, while it is apparently very rare, I do have a girl that left and came back 5 years later.  

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