what happens when my child turns 21? will i be provided a way of contacting him?

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The young man our family sponsors in Uganda is about to turn twenty-one. It is my understanding that sponsorship ends at that age. I would like to find a way of staying in contact with him once he is no longer in the Compassion international care. What is standard procedure once the child ages out? Are families given contact information such as an email or a mailing address? Thank you.
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I think sponsorship usually ends at 22 in Uganda, but that doesn't mean your child won't graduate early, you can check the grad date on your account. 
If you've written to him for a couple years you can request to give him your email address or mailing address.  You'll have to sign a waiver and remember that COmpasson can't monitor the contact anymore.  He may not have access to things like internet/postal services or be able to afford them, so don't be too disappointed if he does not contact you or doesn't as often when life and hard work get in the way... it happens.  Also, don't forget that they think we are all rich out here and begging is a very normal way of life there.  Without Compassion as the middle person he may ask for money and even be upset/offended if you don't send it.  I'm not saying this to discourage you, but just as a heads up, because I have a great relationship with some of my former kids for sure!  Keep his ID# stored and when he graduates just ask Compassion for the waiver to sign to send him your info. 

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