Sponsored Child's Family Information

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This conversation has been merged. Please reference the main conversation: Why is my child living with someone other than their parents?

Some time ago, I wrote in to Compassion asking some questions regarding the family background of my sponsored child, Endaeli (TZ3060309) whom I have sponsored for awhile. Specifically, I asked why she was in the care of her grandparents although it is listed on her profile that both her parents are alive. However, I felt the response I received was a little insensitive - "In regards to your questions about why she is living with her grandparents, since they registered her in the program, it would be best to ask her in your letter". To be honest, I doubt this is appropriate advice as my sponsored child is only 9 years old and I am unsure how she may feel about living apart from her parents. I am also unsure if she knows of the existence of her parents or why she does not live with them instead. Asking a child such a question in a letter may have a negative impact on her feelings (e.g. making her feel unwanted or abandoned by her own parents). 

The reason why I would like to know as much about her situation is so I am in a better position to encourage her as someone who loves and cares for her. Aside from this, she has never told me much about any family issues or financial issues so I wonder if she and her family are getting on fine.
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Rowena C

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Denise Bailey

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Hi Rowena, I am so glad you are aware she may be sad to live away from her parents.  I am another sponsor and I so agree with you on this!  Emily or Susan (or other employees of Compassion) will help you out on this.  I am sure that the person at Compassion is just not aware of the sensitivity of this issue.  If they commented on the phone call on your account about this someone here would be able to kindly tell them for future reference.  Rowena, are you on Facebook?  There is a group of Compassion sponsors called "Compassion Sponsors/Correspondents Facebook Forum" and I think you would enjoy it.  We are a group that wants to help and encourage our sponsored kiddos as much as we can and share ideas on this forum.  It is a private group to protect the kids privacy so if you are interested send an email to:      socialmedia@compassion.com

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