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Frequently Asked Questions
1. General Sponsorship Information
2. Corresponding with My Child
3. Financial Information
General Sponsorship Information
Do all sponsored orphans move into a home in one of our villages?
Our local director and staff assess each situation individually and make a decision based on the adequacy of the care that the child is receiving and the child's family circumstances.
What happens if the child has a 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 do the children leave the program?
It is Childcare Worldwide's policy to bring a child to the place of employability. Therefore, we do not put an age limit on a child's participation. The goal is successful graduation from trade school.
Will my child be instructed in the Word of God?
It is our policy to always combine education with the teaching of the Word of God. How this is actually done varies, depending on the country where your child lives.
Can I adopt my sponsored child?
Childcare Worldwide is not involved in adoptions. If you are interested in adoption, please contact a reputable adoption agency.
Can we determine the siblings of a child in order to sponsor an entire family?
This is really difficult because the name structure doesn't always identify siblings.
What happens if I can't continue with my sponsorship?
While Childcare is committed to seeing the child through their education, we understand that there are times that a sponsor is not able to continue. When this occurs, we place the child in our priority section of children waiting to be sponsored.
When will I receive my first letter?
Typically, within three to six months of sponsoring a child. The request has to be made to the country, the letter written, translated, and then mailed. Then, there are times that the children are on break from school--which can also cause a delay.
How often can I expect to hear from my child?
After the initial letter from the child, you can expect to receive one letter and one additional update per year.
If I want to write, how should I do this?
Please send all communications with your child's name and number to our address in the U.S. or email your letters to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will gladly forward them, and we will also forward correspondence from your child to you.
What could I write about?
You could 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. Perhaps you have an interesting experience you would like to share. Colorful pictures, photographs or picture postcards are always appreciated. It would be advisable 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 do I get new photos?
It is our policy to send a new photo once every two years.
Can I send my child a gift?
We are not able to send physical gift packages.
However, we are able to forward flat items that fit in a 6x9 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 writes a thank you note to you indicating what he or she received with the funds.
Can I visit the 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 they know the dates that you hope to visit the child, they begin the process of coordinating the visit. It is advisable to provide at least three 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 designated to cover educational expenses, such as school fees, uniforms and books. Children in our homes receive full care in addition to the educational expenses.
How does my child receive these funds?
Sponsorship funds are forwarded to our office in the country where your child lives and disbursed for his or her educational needs.
Does Childcare have flexible payment options?
Yes, Childcare offers automatic direct debit, as well as Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover Card payments. Choosing direct debit or automatic payments helps keep administrative costs down, so more resources can be directed to the children. Childcare Worldwide also accepts checks and money orders.
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 they work. It has also been endorsed by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (http://www.ecfa.org/) and is 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.
Childcare Worldwide (CCW), formerly, Childcare International (CCI) is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Contributions are fully tax deductible.