Percentage of Correspondent Children/Accounts

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I apologize in advance for asking this pain of a question but I was curious roughly what percentage of sponsored children have a correspondent sponsor vs. those who have only a financial sponsor. I realize that I mainly interact with a small subset of sponsors who are heavily involved with their children so the whole "typical " sponsorship thing is kind of elusive to me. When I see so many children getting correspondents assigned, it makes me wonder.
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HI Lindsay! No worries! I think this question is really interesting! :) I am working on getting an answer for you and I will let you know what I find out. 
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Linsday, roughly 2.4% of all children who are sponsored through the US have correspondent sponsors assigned. Last week, we just hit 1 million children sponsored through the US and only 24k have correspondents.  
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I think it's great that more children are now receiving letters through the correspondence programme :) I know how much the children value the letters.  When I visited my sponsored child in Kenya, she took out a box from under her bed in which she kept all the letters I'd sent her.  I was surprised that some of the letters were covered in mud - until the Compassion worker told me that she took the letters everywhere with her!
Do new sponsors have a box to tick at the start of their sponsorship if they'd like a correspondent to write to their sponsored child?
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Hi Ceri! We do not have a box to tick on new sponsorships about letter writing currently. That's a great idea that I am happy to pass along though! :)
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I think that's a great idea too!  I know that many financial sponsors don't write (they tell me so, I try to encourage them but some just let time slip away and don't do it )
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How is it determined if a child needs a correspondent? Is it just left to if the financial sponsor writes the child or informs compassion that he/she is not able to? Does Compassion reach out of the sponsor if a letter has not been written recently?
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It is up to the financial sponsor, but Compassion does reach out sometimes I believe if no letters are sent after a long time.  I don't know how long or if it's randomly that they do it, or how.  I've seen people post they don't want to receive any mail from Compassion, including letters from their children, so if they notify these sponsors via snail mail, it might not get read even. 

Also, I've had a friend lose a correspondent child because the financial sponsor decided to take over writing again, which is great since the child will be getting letters, but sad if the relationship is already built for those involved.  (But it's an option that has to remain I think, because if the financial sponsor was told that no, they aren't allowed to write now, they may just drop the sponsorship altogether, after all, they are the ones paying for it, and you'd still lose the child. 

I would also be very interested to know how often Compassion reaches out to financial sponsors. I heard two different rumours and I'm not sure what is true, if either.  One was that they do it after exactly a year of no letters, and the second was that they just randomly do it in batches for all sponsors
 once or twice a year for anyone who hadn't written. 
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Hi Stephanie and Teresa Dawn! We check in with sponsors who have not written to their sponsored children in a while. For those who have not written in six months, we send out an encouragement to write letters and a simple card that they can fill out to make it easier. Aside from this, it is whenever a sponsor specifically requests that a volunteer write to their child. Also, if we notice that they haven't written in a while, we might suggest that they have a correspondent assigned. Sadly, we have some correspondent sponsors who do not write letters. We check with them after a year and may re-assign the child to another correspondent if they continue to not write. 

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