FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
*Please note, this document only applies to India Child Sponsorship Program. The Haiti Rev Home FAQ is currently "under construction".
Q: Can I sponsor more than one child?
A: Yes, you can sponsor more than one child each month. There are many who sponsor more than one child.
Q: Am I the only sponsor for my child?
A: Yes, you are the only sponsor of your child.
Q: What kind of benefits will my child actually receive?
A: Sponsorship affects every area of the child's life. With your gift of $30 per month, you will help meet the emotional, physical, and spiritual needs of your child. Through sponsorship you are able to show your child God's love and compassion.
Q: Why does the child come to the Children’s Home?
A: There are many different reasons why a child would come to one of our Children’s Homes. One of the main reasons is that one of their parents has passed away and the other parent or their relatives are not able to provide sufficiently for them. Some of the children have lost both of their parents, and a few of them have parents who lovingly gave them up because they were not able to provide for them. In most countries the future for an orphaned or impoverished child is bleak. Children become child prostitutes, are sold into slavery where they are physically and/or sexually abused, become street children abused by oppressors and trained to be thieves, or sadly don’t survive. We are so grateful to be able to rescue children from these circumstances through the ministry of our children's home and through the sacrificial giving of our sponsors.
Q: How do you meet the needs of children living in a Children’s Home?
A: The support that you send in is combined with the support of other sponsors and sent monthly to each of the Children’s Homes. We would never feed one child and ignore an unsponsored child living with them. We feel that all of the children are special and should be treated equally. Through the combined efforts of sponsors like you who are sacrificially giving, we are able to meet the needs of every child in the Children’s Home. Learn more about our children’s homes and educational programs in India.
Q: Will I receive progress reports and/or pictures of my child? How often?
A: At least once per year, we take trips to visit the children and take new pictures of each child. We will send you an updated picture of your child and post additional pictures on our web site. We will also send updates from the Children's Homes throughout the year via email. You will be able to search for your child and see the updated information using the Child Sponsorship Search options.
Q: Can I write my child or send my child a gift?
A: Yes! Your letter is a great encouragement to your child and helps your child feel significant. You can write your child a letter to tell about you and your family and to let your child know you are praying for him or her. We also encourage you to send a picture of your family to the child so your child can see who is praying for and supporting him or her. Did you realize that your child, along with the other children in their home, will pray for you by name every day? They may not pronounce your name very well, but God knows exactly who they are praying for! What a privilege! For even more information about communicating with your child, visit our Writing to My Child page. If you already sponsor a child and would like to give to him or her online, please go to our Child Sponsorship Search options, enter your child's name, and change "Sponsor Status" to "Only show Sponsored Children."
Q: Will my child write to me?
A: We understand that, as a sponsor, you will want to hear from your child. We encourage you to write your sponsored child, and one of our workers will translate the letter into your child's native language. We will do our very best to make sure that you receive a letter back from your child. Once the child writes you back, the letter will be translated into English for you to be able to read. The majority of our children in India are not able to write in English. Please expect about a two-to-three-month period before you will hear back from your child.
Q: How can I give a gift to my child for Christmas?
A: Each Christmas we ask all sponsors to give an extra donation, above their monthly support, to purchase a gift for their child. In previous years we tried to pack shoebox gifts for the children, but due to the amount of children we now have and the increased costs of getting the boxes to the children, we have found that it is more affordable to purchase Christmas gifts in the respective countries. The children will receive their special gifts on or before Christmas Day. Sponsors are able to send a personalized note to their child that will be delivered with the gifts. Click here to give a donation toward a Christmas gift for your sponsored child and/or for an unsponsored child.
Q: Can I visit my child?
A: Yes! Please see our GPartners Trips page for more information on how you might travel with us to meet and show love to your child.
Q: Can I bring my child to the United States for a visit?
A: Even though we would all love to bring our sponsored children to the U.S. to spend time with us, we do not believe this is in the best interest of the child. There are several reasons for this: the safety and well-being of the child, the uneasiness that language barriers can create, the culture shock experienced by the child, the rules of the government for visa permissions, and difficulties in the child's readjustment to his or her own lifestyle. If you would like to visit your child at his or her home, please contact us about an upcoming Gpartners trip.
Q: Can I adopt my orphan?
A: As much as many of us would love to adopt our sponsored child, this is not possible. Our Children’s Homes are not registered for adoption. We also believe that these children are the next leaders in their countries. We want to help raise up a generation of young people who know how to show and share God’s love.
Q: How do I donate and/or who do I make the check payable to?
A: Please make your checks payable to Global Partners in Peace and Development or GPPD. You can also pay with an electronic check or through our secure credit card service here. You can set up automatic monthly payments if you would like.
Q: Where would I mail my donations?
A: Global Partners in Peace and Development – PO Box 117 – Blue Ridge, VA 24064-0117
Q: My bank offers online bill payment. Can you accept my sponsorship this way?
A: We have many sponsors who send their monthly support check automatically through online banking. This is a wonderful option to make sure that your check is sent on time each month.
Q: When do I begin sending in support for my child?
A: You can begin sending your support immediately.
Q: Can I send in more than one month’s amount toward my sponsorship support?
A: Your support may be monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, or annually, whichever is most convenient for you. When you send your sponsorship in for more than one month, it saves you time and/or postage.
Q: Will I receive a reminder when my child's support comes due?
A: No. However, if your support falls behind after a few months, we will contact you regarding continuing sponsorship. Please use the envelopes in your sponsorship packet to mail in your support for your child if you are sending your donation in the form of a check. If you need more envelopes, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Q: What if I can no longer be a sponsor?
A: We understand that circumstances can change and may affect your sponsorship. If you are no longer able to continue the $30 support each month, please contact us so that we may get another sponsor for your child. We ask that you continue to pray for your child each day, whether or not you are his or her sponsor.
Q: What if my child moves or leaves the program?
A: One of the joys of becoming a sponsor is having the opportunity to watch your particular child develop and mature. It is possible that your special child may have to move or withdraw from the sponsorship program. There can be any number of reasons for this. Usually when a child moves from the home it is because a relative is able to now care for the child. We are very sad to see them leave, but we are happy that the child will be able to grow up with family members who love them. Some children leave because they have finished their high school and will go to get further education. If your child is no longer at the home, we will let you know as soon as possible by mail or phone, and we'll give you the opportunity to sponsor another wonderful child in need of love and prayer.