Am I allowed to post photos of my child on Social Media?

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Is it acceptable for me to post a photo of my sponsored child on my Facebook page?  I have shared with friends and family that I am sponsoring a child as I am so excited to do this.  Moreover, sharing my decision may encourage friends/family to do the same.  However, I want to ensure that it is appropriate that I post her picture before doing so.  Thoughts?
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Hi Angela! Yes, you may share your child's photo on social media (including Facebook) just as long as you include proper attribution to Compassion don't use it for commercial purposes.
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I am also setting up a facebook page to share some of my projects as a sponsor with other sponsors.  I was going to add my childrens' photos, but no names.  I was wondering if I can do the same with my correspondence children, too.
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Hi Sara! Yes, feel free :). You're more than welcome to share photos of the children that you correspond with! It is fine sharing their names too. They have some unique and beautiful names that I know people will love to associate with those cute faces that you post!
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with the charity I sponsor with helping two girls in Romania,  In order to protect children’s security and privacy, please don’t post your sponsored child’s last name or child ID number on the internet or social media sites. For example, it’s fine to update your Facebook status by saying “I just sponsored a little girl named Maria from Bolivia!” – in fact, this is encouraged! But it’s not okay to post her photo and say “This is my 12-year-old sponsored child, Maria Cruz, from a little town named Tiraque in Bolivia.”
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I'm wondering if it is in any way not safe to post. Also, should I maybe ask my child (who is almost 10) if they are OK with me posting a picture?
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Hi Emma! It is safe to post your child's photo on your Facebook page. Compassion strives to maintain the dignity of each child and as long as your post is upholding that dignity and building them up as an individual, it can be a very special way to share this exciting relationship with your friends and family :). It is not necessary to ask Lillian if you may post her picture on social media. My only concern if you were to discuss this with your child would be that she could become curious and be tempted to find you through social media. It is important that our children follow our guidelines of only communicating to their sponsor's through letters and not try to contact them via social media. If you want to share this with your child, you might word it something like, "You look so pretty in the photo that I have of you. I love sharing it with my friends so that they can watch you grow too!" 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled I just started sponsoring a child, I wanted to post things on Facebook about the....

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