We started our sponsorship in January. How long does it usually take to receive our first letter from our child?

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JMM

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It can take about 3-4 months for a letter to reach you from your child.  Sometimes, children will have their first introductory letter to a sponsor written before they are even sponsored and then you might get it a little bit faster than that.  They do say that if you have not heard from your child after the first 4 months of sponsorship that you can let the Compassion office know and they will do an inquiry for you.   The good news is that mail should start speeding up significantly next month when letters will be scanned and e-mailed rather than snail mailed...so maybe you will see something soon.  It seems like forever to get the first letter sometimes!   You can write your kiddo even while waiting for your letter - he/she is just as excited to hear from you !
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Thank you for your help:) We're new at this, and just anxious to hear from her. I have continued to write her while I wait. Hopefully she has received something from us by now.
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We have sponsored somebody in December. Sent 4 letters and 2 packages. Received nothing back so far.
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If you don't hear after 4 months you can inquire and they'll check into it so far.  It does take a long time for the first letters sometimes, and it takes awhile for them to get your first letters too.  The way it works is that the kids have a letter writing day every 60 days.  All kids who received a letter in that time period will write.  (If they don't get a letter they write at least 2x a year).  But if you mailed your stuff so that it arrived just after the last letter day, you might not get a response written for 2 months after they receive it... and with translation and transit time it could take another couple of months to reach you.  However, with the new letter changes coming into affect, it will be much quicker for us sponsors to receive letters that are written :) That starts April 11th though, so you might still have that wait for your first letter, but it's gonna speed up :)
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Darlene Johnson

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Thanks, your the second person to mention that the process should speed up soon. That's good to hear!!
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Ceri Bowen

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I sponsored a child on 1st January and received my first letter from her today, (26 March). :)
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Darlene Johnson

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Awesome, that's encouraging!!!!!
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Darlene, I just wanted to let you know that a letter from Ruth has been processed in Colorado and mailed out to you. You should receive it soon :)! She is so cute! Togo is a wonderful country to sponsor a child from, so I hope you have a wonderful time getting to know this sweet little girl!
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Newsponsor, I know you have been waiting for so long to hear from Tasil and have been sending so many encouraging letters to him while you wait. I don't see a letter from him yet, but let me know if you don't receive one by April 16 and I will send an inquiry for you. I am praying that a letter shows up before the end of this month!
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Sarah, It is already April 20 and we have not received any letter from Tasil so far. You said you can check if any letters are on the way. 
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Sarah, It is already April 20 and we have not received any letter from Tasil so far. You said you can check if any letters are on the way. 
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Newsponsor, thank you so much for letting us know! I just sent off an inquiry to ask Tasil to write you a letter ASAP. 

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