Child Sponsorship FAQ

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How is a child selected to be a part of this program?

To meet the requirements for being placed into a Hope’s Promise family, a child must be single-orphaned (one parent is deceased), double-orphaned (both parents are deceased), or abandoned by his/her birth parents. If a Hope’s Promise child has a living parent, the parent is typically unable to care for the child because of poverty, neglectful parenting, or illness. When a child is placed in a Hope’s Promise family, the birth parents or guardians relinquish them into Hope’s Promise’s care. The biological family may visit the child. However, they do not receive support from the ministry.

When I sponsor this child how is my gift being used?

Your sponsorship covers the child’s personal expenses which include food, medicine, clothing, education and extra-curricular activities such as music lessons, Tae Kwon Do, or summer camp. Also included in your sponsorship are the indirect expenses related to caring for the child (i.e. utilities for the home, small compensation for the house parents, transportation and additional household help if needed).

When you sponsor a child, a small portion will be allocated to orphan prevention which provides educational scholarships to orphaned and at-risk children living in the care of biological family members in Kenya, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe. Orphan prevention is important to Hope’s Promise because it strengthens the family by keeping orphaned and at-risk children in the care of biological family members. Often the only barrier to biological family members caring for their relative’s child is the financial burden. Our hope is that by removing the burden of the cost to send a child to school, at-risk children can remain in the care of their biological family and not need full family based care.

Does $40 cover the cost of caring for this child?

Because Hope’s Promise children are placed in families the full cost of caring for a child includes the cost of care and living expenses. Consequently, a $40 child sponsorship covers a portion of the cost of care. However, child sponsors are welcome to provide the remaining sponsorship amount needed for a child who is not fully sponsored.

How long will this child live with their Hope’s Promise family?

It is the intention of Hope’s Promise for each child to grow and flourish in their Hope’s Promise family until he or she is old enough and capable to live on his or her own. Children who wish to further their education may still need sponsorship through college. Hope’s Promise will notify you if your sponsored child wishes to continue his/her education after graduating high school and offer the opportunity for you to continue your sponsorship at that time.

How often can I communicate with my sponsored child?

You may email letters and photos as often as you like to Hope’s Promise Child Sponsorship Coordinator (Hannah Crouse at [email protected]) who will then send them to the in–country Hope’s Promise staff to give to your sponsored child. While the child is in Hope’s Promise’s care all contact between the child and the sponsor will be under the supervision of the Hope’s Promise Child Sponsorship Coordinator. This must be maintained for child safety and welfare purposes, as well as to meet cultural expectations.

Can I send gifts to my sponsored child?

Hope’s Promise will deliver gifts and letters in person whenever someone is traveling to the country. We will notify you when a staff member is traveling to the country and give you the opportunity to send something to your sponsored child. Periodically, we may also offer the opportunity to include an extra $10-20 with your sponsorship amount to be used for Christmas or birthdays. Your extra gift will be sent to the house parents to use as they feel best—to have a party or give a gift.

Can I ever meet my sponsored child?

You will be invited to join Hope’s Promise on a Connection Team to the country of your sponsored child when a trip is planned. Connection Team’s are short term mission trips sponsored by Hope’s Promise. 

Please email [email protected] with any further questions.