My child has aged out of the program (age 15, in Bolivia) and I am wondering if there is a way I can keep in contact via writing?

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Lynn Pooley Wright

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Garry Sagel

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I don't know what you have been told, but there is no country Compassion serves, that ages kids out at 15.
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William Blair

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It may be the sponsor child left the program because the family is now above the poverty line. Two of mine left early because of that reason. One left because his mom found a job in another town. Someone from the office will contact you about this.
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I don't know why this sponsors child left but I have had a 15 year old graduate the program too.  If the child has met all their goals they sometimes graduate early even though they haven't reached the maximum allowed age.  (My boy finished a month before he turned 16 and was in Peru).  

@Lynn, if you had sponsored this child for the minimum required time (I forget it if's 2 years or just one) and the child left very recently you are able to release your email/address to the child if you sign a waiver, but Compassion will no longer be translating anything for you and there's a good chance the child will not find a way to email/afford postage.  I've kept in touch with a few of my kids, but more often it hasn't worked for them and they can't give us the child's information, only the other way around.  Also, you can write a final letter and send it (Mark FINAL LETTER) at the top of the page that will go through as long as the child hasn't moved away.  If you plan to release you email or address to the child it is good to let them know they can ask for it as some projects do not actually give it out unless they are asked by the child too.  

Hope that helps and Compassion can likely give you a better answer later. 
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Lynn Pooley Wright

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Thank you!
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Susan, Sponsor and Donor Relations, Social Media

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Lynn, it does look like Bethel left our program because she reached the end of the relevant programs in her area. She does turn 16 in December. As Teresa mentioned, you are welcome to send a final letter. Please send a physical letter in the mail with the words "Final Letter" at the top and we would be happy to get this letter to Bethel for you. While we are able to facilitate continued correspondence, it is discouraged as it poses a risk for you as a sponsor. Mainly, this communication would be outside of Compassion and would involve direct contact information. We recommend that you make yourself aware of the risks and prayerfully decide whether to move forward. To learn more about continued correspondence and to move forward, please visit our page.
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Lynn Pooley Wright

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Thank you!

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