Writing to a correspondent child

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Hi, I currently sponsor three children with Compassion and I have two correspondent children.  My question regarding my correspondent children is this: since they are being financially sponsored by someone else, what's a good way to start writing/introducing myself to them? Thanks!
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Missy Deg

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anna

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Hello! I am also a child correspondent to a bunch of kids, and I always tell then I didn't get to sponsor them, but I am their child correspondent. Then I tell them about me and stuff. :)
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Debbie Skacel Tovar

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I have only on rare occasion said something about it.  Most of the kids don't care, and consider you their sponsor.  I just say, I am so happy I am going to be writing you......
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Beverly Crimmins Sarchet

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I recently got a letter from a new correspondent child which she had written to her sponsors.  (I think that will change with the next letter she sends.)  I wasn't sure how to respond to her statement that she wanted to be a doctor, since it was written to someone else, so I wrote, "I recently learned that you would like to help sick people by becoming a doctor."  I think it was easier to do this than to try to explain the complex situation, and it also let her know that her letter had been read.  
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Beverly Crimmins Sarchet

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For first letters, I also say what Debbie has posted about being happy to get to know her better through writing her.
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Hi Missy! Thank you so much for being willing to write to and encourage these children! I know that you are going to be such a blessing to them! Our staff will explain to your children that you are writing to them in whatever way makes sense in their context and depending on the age of the child. For this reason, you don't necessarily have to explain that you are writing to them and why the financial sponsor is not writing to them. Something general like, "I am so excited to be writing to you," would be great! 
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Emily,
    I emailed you yesterday about becoming a correspondence sponsor. I think I worded my email weird and confused you into thinking that I wanted to cancel my sponsorship of Mishel, which I do not, I was just inquiring about how to become a correspondence sponsor. I emailed you back explaining this but it looks like you did add a correspondence child to my account Alex Padilla (BO7040036) however it will not allow me to see his information. Can you send me his history, photos, and information via email? And Mishel is young so may have not had a sponsor before us but can you send me any info on her as well? Thanks! 

Bridgette,
    Small world it is, our Mishel is close to your Getrude, she lives just south of Busia as well. I'm a new sponsor and just thought that was neat :) 
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Good morning Jennifer! Thank you so much for clarifying and I'm so excited to hear that you would like to continue supporting Michel along with writing to your new boy :). I hadn't removed Michel yet in hopes that we could assist you if you had needed to cancel so she is still on your account and you're good to go! ;) I just sent you an email with photos and information for both of these kiddos! God bless and let me know if I can help you with anything else as you're starting out!
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Emily - can you explain what the current situation is with being assigned correspondent children? I.have been seeing recent posts that people are getting assigned children, yet this week I got an email from Compassion saying that I was being put on a wait list. I asked for 2 more children who had been waiting a long time. A recent poster said their child had been waiting for 4 years! It's great if Compassion is all caught up and children all have people to write them, but the information is a little confusing.
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Debbie Skacel Tovar

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I'm not Emily, but what happens is we are all put on the wait list when we ask for correspondence kids.  When she has kids available, she assigns them to the next person on the list as long as the person hasn't asked for a certain country or age that the kid wouldn't meet, then she would go on to the next person.  When people say, 'my kid hasn't received letters in four years' that is because the sponsor either wasn't asked or didn't agree to have a correspondence sponsor in that time.  All correspondence kids are sponsored already, it's just that their sponsors aren't able to write them.  If it's a company, they would be asked immediately if they want correspondence sponsors.  With individuals, say I was sponsoring a girl for a few years, and just never wrote to her.  They would at some point ask me if I wanted a correspondence sponsor, but I might say, oh, no, that's ok, I'll write to her someday, and then just never get around to it.  So, just because a child hasn't received letters doesn't mean they are going to get a correspondence sponsor.  Fortunately, as far as I know, the waiting list is moving along rather quickly right now.
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Hi Maggie! Debbie is exactly right and I hope her explanation cleared up any confusion there was for you. The correspondent program is a very manual process that is done by several people here at Compassion. Our first priority is to assign children to sponsor's in which this will be their first correspondent child, which is why you received your first child so quickly. As children become available, we assign them to the next sponsor on our list as long as they fit their specific request (age, gender, country) and then move to the next sponsor on the list if the child doesn't fit their request.

We try to assign children as quickly as possible to sponsor's that are willing to write because we understand how important letters are to them. Regrettably, we don't always have children that are waiting for sponsors so that can add to the wait time. For example, right now we have over 100 requests for correspondent children but we do not currently have any children available. But later today, we may! So day to day it changes as we cannot force sponsor's to have a correspondent assigned for the child that they sponsor. Please let me know if you have any other questions about this process :). 
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Thank you for the wonderful responses.  They are a big help.  I can't wait to start writing my kids!!!

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