FAQs

Social Media Policies

For the safety of the all the children we serve, please do not connect with your sponsored child via any social media platform. Instead, please use the approved methods to connect that are outlined here.

Privacy and security goes both ways, and we endeavor to protect you as well as our children. Sponsored children and their family members are discouraged from contacting you without Childcare Worldwide’s prior knowledge. If your sponsored child does reach out to you via social media, please be aware that they have been instructed NOT to do so. Please refuse their request.

This helps protect you from being solicited directly from overseas, and protects the children from being forced to contact you by coercion from unscrupulous individuals.

While we strongly discourage direct contact with your child on social media, please feel free to share news about your child with your networks! Post their pictures, letters, etc as you please. To protect their security and privacy we only ask that you do not post your child’s last name.

Child security

As we seek to provide children with the support they need to survive and thrive, it is imperative that we ensure the safety of each child we serve. Child trafficking is a real and present threat to children in developing nations. We are committed and obligated to ensuring every child in our program is protected and safe.

For this reason, we carefully monitor communication between sponsors and their sponsored children. Part of your agreement as a sponsor is that you will NOT attempt to directly contact your sponsored child, their family, or local community members without permission from Childcare Worldwide.  Emails, phone calls or visits directly to the child’s residence are not allowed without permission from and oversight by Childcare Worldwide staff.

While our goal is to help you and your sponsored child to develop as genuine a relationship as possible, please understand that we limit the specific identifying information we share about a child. We will share general information about where the child lives, but we will not release a child’s exact address or direct contact information.

How can I be sure that my money is spent correctly?

Childcare Worldwide is audited by independent auditing firms in the U.S., as well as in each country where we work. We have also been endorsed by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (http://www.ecfa.org/) and are evaluated annually by Wall Watchers (http://www.ministrywatch.org/) and Charity Navigator (http://www.charitynavigator.org/). All of these “watchdog” non-profit organizations help assist prospective donors in making good giving decisions.

What do sponsorship funds provide for the child?

The funds raised through the sponsorship program are used to cover educational expenses, such as school fees, uniforms and books. Children in our children’s homes receive full care in addition to the educational expenses.

Children are also given access to essential needs depending upon his or her situation. This includes food, clean water, and medical attention as needed.

Can I visit my child?

Absolutely. You can always travel with a Childcare staff member on any of our trips. If you are traveling on your own to the country in which your child lives, please contact our office. Once we know the dates that you hope to visit your child, we will begin the process of coordinating the visit. It is advisable to provide at least six weeks notice in order to ensure that the arrangements can be made.

How often will I get new photos?

We will send a new photo at least once every two years.

What happens if I can’t continue with my sponsorship?

We understand that there are times that a sponsor is not able to continue supporting their child. When this occurs, we continue to support that child through our “Unsponsored Children’s Fund” so their education may continue. Meanwhile, this child is placed in our priority section of children waiting to be sponsored.

Can I adopt my sponsored child?

No, we are not involved in adoptions. Many of our children have their own families, and it is our desire that all our children eventually become young leaders in their own communities and countries. If you are interested in international adoptions, we recommend contacting a reputable adoption agency.

Will my child be instructed in the Word of God?

You bet! Each child in our program is part of a local Life Center church which provides age appropriate training and teaching about Jesus. And every child is enrolled in our Christian Character Development program which teaches instills Christian ethics, morals and lifestyles.

At what age will my child leave the program?

Our sponsorship program is based on education and our goal is to bring a child to the place of employability. Therefore, we do not put an automatic limit on a child’s participation. The goal is successful graduation from trade school.