Concern for the well-being of children is the cornerstone of Compassion’s ministry. We do everything within our power to ensure that no harm comes to any child registered in our program and to protect our children from any form of child abuse or exploitation. We believe the vast majority of our sponsors and donors share these values. Regrettably, some people might possibly seek to use Compassion’s Child Sponsorship Program for wrong motives.

Therefore, consider these guidelines during your visit:

  • A certified Compassion representative will accompany visitors at all times during any visit.
  • A visitor may go to a child’s home for a meal or a visit, if invited,and a Compassion representative accompanies them.
  • Visitors may not stay overnight with children, whether in a staff member’s home or elsewhere.
  • Visitors may not ask for or accept accommodations the child development center or with the family of the sponsored child.
  • Visitors should show respect to the children they meet. They should avoid flirting, unwelcome flattery, or making suggestive comments.
  • Visitors will be educated on how to be culturally sensitive in expressing affection to their sponsored child.
  • Visitors may not give any personal contact information to a sponsored child and may not ask or record a sponsored child’s personal contact information.

These guidelines are intended to protect children in Compassion child development centers, as well as Compassion sponsors, from abuse and wrongful allegations of abuse. For everyone’s protection, it is important that sponsors avoid even the appearance of inappropriate conduct. They should be concerned about perception and appearances in their relationships with minors and children.