My last campassion child before this one ended at the age of 18 what has changed that this one ends at 21

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When does my sponsership end
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KristenH, Champion

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Most countries allow the children to stay until their 22nd birthday. This allows for them to finish their schooling/vocational training or other goals set for themselves. A lot of times kids start school later than here in the states so they aren't ready to graduate from the program at 18 like we would normally expect.

Sometimes children finish early and there are still a couple of countries with earlier completion dates ygough. Your last child may have graduated early or been from one of those countries.
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Sorry for typos. I can't seem to edit.
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Sarah Heacock Schreffler

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For Example, Ecuador allows kids in through to age 22. But my girl graduated from Compassion right after her 18th birthday. I don't know if it was because of the particular center she was in or because she wanted to go away to college and would not be able to fulfill the requirements of the program, Or because she had completed everything her center had for her. 
 OTOH, I write to another Ecuador child who is age 19 and in college -- but at a different center.
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Hi Brenda, 
As Kristen and Sarah both said, the ages do vary quite a bit. Years ago all of the countries we sponsored in agreed that the children would end the program at 18. However, we noticed over the years that many countries had better opportunity for these young adults towards the end of the program. In order to allow the children to be most successful, many of the countries decided to up the maximum age to 22 years. However, some countries have not adopted this age change. We have noticed wonderful improvements from this change, as it does give them more time to finish college or vocational training. With this, we see these young adults graduate out with skills that will support them and their families in the long run. :)

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