My first coorespondent letter Greeting addressed to another

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Hello! My husband and I just received our first letter from our new correspondent child. The mail came to our house and the return blank response page is addressed to our family. However, in the opening greeting it looks like someone from compassion filled in a different family name in to the greeting. ("Dear, ----- &------ -------") They also wrote in the same pencil writting a different sponsor number at the top of the page. I called a representative but I'm not sure they understood what I was trying to explain. My question is, has the orginal sponsor decided to write our little girl or should we keep the letter and continue to start a relationship? The representative seemed a little confused and suggested I send it back to compassion because it belongs to another. It is however the same little girl listed under our account for correspondence and we have received her packet, etc. along with the return letter template with our information on it. Has this happened to anyone else? Any suggestions? I'm thinking it was just a mistake but I don't want to be confusing the child/mother when we write. Thanks!!
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Hi, yes that has happened to me before And it's normal. Most likely the letter was written prior to you being assigned as the correspondent. The next letter should have your names only on the letter :)
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Raechel Pacillo

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Thanks Kristen!
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Teresa Dawn

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Yes, I have had it happen many many times, and it's always the same reason as what Kristen said and it's ALWAYS cleared up by letter 2.  Just remember, your child doesn't care what your name is, you're the one that will write and they'll want you to know whatever they wrote :)
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Raechel Pacillo

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Thanks Teresa! I feel a lot better knowing I'm not the only one! As a follow up question, both my new correspondent children are 4 years old. When writing children this young should I be addressing the child more or the parent???? Or both??
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I would still address the child.  While a parent MIGHT write for them at that age, chances are it'll be a project worker and done at the project and the child will still be more involved than the parent.  Plus the child will LOVE to get the stuff addressed to them.  You could add a note for the parent too though :) At that age I'd say keep the letters sweet and simple.   If you are interested, my friend posted a bunch of neat printable templates for writing to really young kids. 
http://connectedinwriting.blogspot.ca/2014/07/form-letters-for-younger.html

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