What are the guidelines for visitation?

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I would like to have the great honor of meeting my sponsored child at some point in the future. How does the process work? With the tours are you only able to see the child once? What goes on during the tour? Also, since he is from Mexico and I have alot of family there perhaps I could arrange my own trip. How would that play out? Let's say I am there for 3 - 5 days. Would I be able to see him daily throughout my visit? Or would I only get to see him once? Despite reading about this I have not been able to fully make sense out of it.
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Hi Audrey! I'm so excited to hear you have been thinking about visiting Jose one day! To start the process, I would direct you to our tours and visits page that gives many details on the differences between a sponsor tour and an individual trip, as well as the email for our tours and visits department. They are rockstars at answering detailed questions :)! When you go on a tour, they arrange for one day as a special child visit day. Usually, your group and the children all go do a special activity during the day (visiting a zoo, going swimming, etc). You'll also have the opportunity to see Compassion's ministry at work up close and personal. If possible, you'll visit the country office and talk to our incredible staff, seeing what goes on in their office. You will also visit a center and love on some children there. If you'd like to see more details, I would check out the page we have on our upcoming trip to Mexico, which includes a tentative itinerary on the page. Though you may not be able to go on that specific trip, it will give you a good idea on what to expect for a future Mexico sponsor tour! You are able to plan your own trip, although Compassion is only involved in the logistics of getting your child to you. Most likely, you would be able to see Jose for one whole day on a custom visit, but I would encourage you to discuss that with our tours and visits department specifically. There's too many logistics involved for me to say for sure how long you'd be able to see him for :). I do hope you will have the opportunity to see him! I am finally getting to make the trip to see my first sponsored kiddo in November, and cannot tell you how incredible it has been to see God work all of the details out and prepare both me and my child for this moment! Getting to meet Jose in person will change your life and his life forever :).

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