FAQs

If I want to write, how should I do this?

You should send all communications with your child’s name and identification number to our address in the U.S. you can email your letters to us at sponsorship@childcareworldwide.org, or you can submit a letter via this form on our website. We will gladly forward them, and we will also forward correspondence from your child to you.

Can I send my child a gift?

Because of customs, duty fees and different national regulations, we are unable to send physical gift packages to your child.

However, we are able to forward flat items that fit in a 6×9 envelope. This may include stickers, photos, postcards, etc. If we receive a gift from you outside these specifications, your gift will be donated to a local charity.

You can also make one $50 special gift per year per child. The special gift is transferred to the country, the staff purchases an appropriate gift for the child—and the child will write a thank you note to you indicating what he or she received with the funds.

Can I correspond with my child through Social Media?

For child security and safety reasons, we discourage direct, unmonitored or unauthorized communication with your sponsored child without our knowledge. This includes contact through the internet or social media such as Skype, Instant Messaging, Facebook, or other methods. (For more information regarding our child security and safety policies, click here.

What could I write about?

You might talk about your family, your church, your school or pets. Your child would also like to know about the area where you live and the kind of work you do. Colorful pictures, photographs or picture postcards are always appreciated.

It is best to avoid speaking about material possessions like your home, cars or toys. Please remember your child lives in a needy environment and has been deprived of many things that we take for granted.

How often can I expect to hear from my child?

After the initial letter from your child, you can expect to receive one letter and one additional update each year.

When will I receive my first letter?

Usually you will receive your first letter within two to four months of sponsoring a child (This depends upon the country they live in).