FAQ: Sponsor Expectations

Am I the only one sponsoring a child?

Yes, we assign only one sponsor to each child, but you are welcome to sponsor multiple children.

How often will I hear from the child I sponsor?

We understand that communication from or about your child is very important to you. That’s why GlobalFingerprints staff are working diligently to provide at least two correspondences from or about your child each year.  When you think of correspondence with the child you sponsor, you may expect the ability to write notes back and forth to one another. Sometimes this is possible, but there are situations where this is not feasible.

One common reason is the child is too young to correspond.

Unfortunately, another common reason children cannot correspond with sponsors is religious persecution. In countries with limited freedom for Christians, GlobalFingerprints does not tell the children in the program they have a sponsor in the United States. Instead, they are told that someone who cares about children is providing financial support to help them. GlobalFingerprints staff in these countries with limited religious freedom still share Christ with the children in the program, typically in a very open way.

Please realize it is not always in the best interest of the child or GlobalFingerprints to highlight the connection between GlobalFingerprints and the United States. In these cases, where a child cannot correspond directly with their sponsor, care workers will provide updates on how your child is doing.

How will I know how my child is doing?

You will hear about or from your child twice a year but providing updates can be difficult. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, for example, some of our care workers travel nearly 200 miles (each way) through the jungle by bicycle to visit the sponsored children. Additionally, there is very limited internet access. We are continually working to improve our communication system so our correspondence will be more timely. We are also very grateful for your patience as we work towards improvement. 

Who can I talk to if I have questions?

If you have not been receiving updates from or about your child, let us know. We’ll try to figure out where the breakdown is occurring and will work to get you an update on how the child is doing. 

If you have other questions related to your child, your sponsorship or anything else, please do not hesitate to reach out. 

Contact us: (800) 745-2202 or globalfingerprints@efca.org 

How long will my sponsorship last?

We ask our sponsors to make a long-term commitment to sponsorship. This would mean sponsoring a child until they graduate from secondary school or from a vocational school. In many countries, a student may not graduate until their early twenties, especially if they did not start school at age 5 or 6.

What if I need to discontinue my sponsorship?

While we hope that you will continue your sponsorship for several years, we recognize that sponsors’ circumstances sometimes change and they are unable to maintain their support. With this in mind, you may choose to discontinue your sponsorship at any time.

If you must discontinue your sponsorship, we ask that you email us globalfingerprints@efca.org or call (800) 745-2202 to let us know as soon as possible so that we might immediately find a new sponsor for the child.

GlobalFingerprints does not discontinue a child’s sponsorship, even if their original sponsor is unable to continue their sponsorship.

Can I send birthday cards, extra money or gifts to my sponsored child?

According to Pew Research, at least forty countries across the globe do not have any official holidays or observances during traditional “Christmas season” in the U.S. So, while gift giving may be a cultural norm for you, it may not be for your child. We deeply appreciate sponsors like yourself, who wish to go above and beyond to bless your child during the holiday season!

While gift-giving is not a feasible option for sponsors, we encourage you to send your child a special Christmas (or birthday) message via our online portal. You can access the portal by logging into your account via our website. Words of encouragement and cheer can mean so much to a child.

You may also want to consider making a special donation to the GlobalFingerprints’ Programs Fund. While sponsorship helps cover the daily needs of your child, the Programs Fund aids in meeting extra expenses that may arise. Some of those expenses have included emergency surgery, buying much needed mattresses, provision of gardening tools and even the purchase of rabbits to help a young adult gain farming skills to help attain self-sufficiency.

Occasionally, a site coordinator may email a sponsor regarding an opportunity to send a small item as a gift to a child. If you are invited to do so, please follow the site coordinator’s instructions and the coordinator will oversee the sharing of this present as a special blessing to this precious one.

Can I bring a sponsored child to the U.S. to visit?

No. Bringing a child to visit the U.S. is not permitted for several reasons, including health and travel safety issues, culture shock, language barriers and difficulty for the child in readjusting to his/her life after returning home. Most of these children lack any ID cards as well, so passports and visas would be very difficult to obtain.


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