General Sponsorship Information
How much does it cost to sponsor a child?
It costs $40 a month for each child that is sponsored.
What does my child receive through sponsorship?
Every child in our sponsorship program receives everything needed for their basic education including tuition/school fees, uniforms, books and supplies.
They also are enrolled into our Christian Character Development program. For those who need it, we ensure that they receive food, water, and medical care. And in some cases, a sponsored child is cared for in one of our children’s homes.
What happens if my child has a major medical need?
The need is made known to our staff in country, who then takes the child to a doctor for treatment. In extreme cases, we may ask the sponsor if they are able to participate in the cost.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Corresponding with My Child
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).
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.
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 email@example.com, 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.
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.
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.
How often will I get new photos?
We will send a new photo at least once every two years.
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 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.
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.
Does Childcare have flexible payment options?
Yes we do! Because it is the most efficient and least expensive to process, we recommend Automatic Direct Debit or Automated EFT withdrawals. But we also accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover Card payments. And we accept checks and money orders as well.
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 and are evaluated annually by Wall Watchers and Charity Navigator. All of these “watchdog” non-profit organizations help assist prospective donors in making good giving decisions.
Child Security, Contact and Social Media
It is imperative that all of our children are completely secure from the fear or the reality of any potential abuse that could come from inappropriate contact by a sponsor or any other person. Child trafficking is a real and present threat to children in developing nations. We are committed and obligated to make sure every child in our program is protected and safe.
We release only limited information about the children in our program online. The information we provide our sponsors does not include last names, community names or locations, or other information by which the specific location of our children can be easily identified. We purposefully withhold this information until after the identity of the sponsor is verified.
An intrinsic part of our sponsorship program is your agreement as sponsor, that you will NOT attempt to directly contact your sponsored child, family or local community members, without advanced notice in writing to Childcare Worldwide.
We desire you to have as much interaction with your child as possible. But for important safety and security issues, emails, telephone calls, or unplanned visits to the child’s residence and community are not allowed without advanced written permission and oversight by Childcare Worldwide staff.
Social Media Policies
In our current, fast-paced, digital-media driven culture, we are very aware that technology is bringing new types of risks and dangers to children. This is especially true as online predators are now continuously looking for ways to gain easy access to vulnerable children.
Because we want both you and your child to have a meaningful and trusting relationship with each other, we must ask our sponsors to abide by these guidelines while partnering with us in ministering to your sponsored children.
We strongly discourage direct, unmonitored communication with your sponsored child without prior approval and knowledge of Childcare Worldwide. This includes contact through social media (such as Facebook, Instant Messaging, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) or email.
Privacy and security goes both ways, and we endeavor to protect you as well as our children. Sponsored children or their family members are also discouraged from contacting you without Childcare Worldwide’s prior knowledge as well.
This helps protect you from being solicited directly form over seas, and protects the children from being forced to contact you by coercion from unscrupulous individuals.
We understand it can be exciting to update your Facebook page or other sites with information about our child. But, in order to protect children’s security and privacy, please do not post your child’s last name of ID number on any social media sites.