Sponsor Child’s Letter Addressed to Someone Else

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I was so excited to receive a letter from my child. It was disheartening to see that it was addressed to someone else. Compassion told me that we would be the only sponsor and that it was important for us to build a relationship with the child. After Reading some of the blogs, I now understand that children are only going to write me a certain number of times per year. This would have been good to know upfront because I was under the impression when I agreed to sponsor a child that they would be able to engage in ongoing communication that did not have a limit.

I work in Human Services and I have seen mismanagement and dishonesty on numerous occasions from people that were supposed to be trustworthy. I will continue to sponsor my child for now, but I do so with a little hesitation and some suspicion.

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Emily Hawkins

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Sarah Heacock Schreffler

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There is not a limit to the ongoing communication -- except for practically. In practice, we see we get 4-6 letters from children that are receiving letters regularly from us.  As far as I know, Compassion puts no limits on letters from children. If they wanted and had time to write more, they could. But they go to their centers to learn a lot of things and there are certain times set up to write about every other month and so that is when letters tend to get written.  They certainly put no limits on us writing to them (Well, you can only send one letter every 24 hours in the system. So I guess that is a limit of a sort.)  I suspect you will find that this was the previous sponsor to this child. It should have been caught before it got to you but sometimes it does not.  

We set one of our sponsored children up for my husband to be the correspondent, changed the name at the top and all but here it is, 6 months later, and this teenager is STILL addressing him with my name (I was the previous sponsor).  Which is annoying because I know it's not supposed to happen and I feel he should be old enough to know. But I also know we may have confused things because my husband is my husband and talks about his wife Sarah, etc -- its not quite the same circumstance as when you get an entirely new sponsor.
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Hello, Emily! I'm so sorry to hear you were disheartened after receiving a letter from your child. What Sarah said is correct - the letter you received was a letter addressed to your child's previous sponsor. Because you just picked up this sponsorship about a week ago, this letter was already in the process of being sent when you picked up that sponsorship. You are, and will continue to be, the only person sponsoring and corresponding with Jenipher.

There is really no limit when it comes to how often your child will write you - In addition to the two required letters, Jenipher will also respond directly your letters every sixty days. This process is known as reciprocal letter writing. This creates more meaningful correspondence between you and Jenipher, as you each respond to the each other’s letters. Children whose sponsors do not write are required to only write two letters annually. However, children and sponsors may send as many letters as they choose. Hopefully, this information is helpful to you!
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Sarah Heacock Schreffler

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Sierra; If a child is unsponsored when an annual letter writing day comes, do they still write a letter? or are unsponsored children not required to write at all?
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Sierra, Employee

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That's a great question! The only time an unsponsored child writes a letter is when they're first registered into the program, as an introductory letter for whomever will become their sponsor.