Can my sponsored child come and visit me?
We do not facilitate children visiting their sponsors in Canada or elsewhere because of several factors:
Cost – The cost of flights, passports, accommodations for child, guardian and translator would be extremely prohibitive.
Culture Shock – Few Compassion-assisted children have ever been more than 3 – 4 blocks away from their homes. While Compassion programs have implemented outings so children can see a little more beyond their immediate community (such as city park and zoo trips), North American culture would be too challenging for a child.
Although your child cannot visit you, you can go and visit your child in their country. We require that you contact our office 8-10 weeks prior to your departure in order to make the necessary arrangements with our field office. We will send you our child protection policy and other documents requiring your signature. After receiving your signed forms, we can begin arranging a visit with your sponsored child. You may also have the opportunity to see their project and possibly visit their home, if permission is granted by the child’s parents or legal guardians.