About child sponsorship
When you sponsor a child, you are empowering a community to create a safer and healthier place for children to grow, laugh, learn and play, so they can achieve their full potential.
The sponsorship journey
Strengthen your relationship with the child you are sponsoring.
Get started today
Many children are waiting to be sponsored. Connect with one today! You can choose the age, gender and even the location of your sponsored child. Having trouble choosing? Let us connect you with a child who has been waiting the longest.
About your child
Once you've chosen your child, we'll send you a welcome package with all you need to start building your relationship:
- information about your sponsored child
- details about your child’s family
- community information and how your support is making a difference
- tips on how to write your first letter
Exchanging letters, pictures and stories will build a relationship that will impact both you and your sponsored child for years to come. You will also have the opportunity to send gifts to celebrate special occasions in the life of your sponsored child through the year.
Be sure to look in your welcome package for some ideas that will help you get started on your first letter.
See the difference
Each year, you will receive a progress report with an updated photograph of your sponsored child and family updates. The report also details the impact of your support in the community so you can celebrate the positive contribution you are making. This can include immunization, new water-access points, community gardens, school structures and better toilet facilities.
Read ChildVoice magazine for more information.
Graduation is a time for celebration and the end-goal of sponsorship. A community graduates when it has become self-sufficient and sustainable.
At age 18, children graduate from sponsorship. Leading up to this day, they are prepared for adult life through leadership training, vocational studies and other opportunities for learning. This is a joyful occasion.
You can share in the excitement of graduation by celebrating the challenges your sponsored child and their community have overcome.
Write to your sponsored child
- What are your hobbies?
- Can you tell me more about your family? (Please be sensitive to the information you receive in your sponsorship welcome package.)
- What chores do you do at home?
- What are your favourite subjects?
Once you receive a response from your sponsored child, your next letter will come more easily. Send your sponsored child a picture and tell him or her about it, or ask your sponsored child to draw something for you.
And remember, your letters don’t have to be long. In fact, it’s best to keep them short.
How do I send a letter?
Send your letter directly to the program office through regular mail. You'll find this address inside your Sponsorship Welcome Package. We'll take care of the rest!
When will I get a response?
It can take anywhere from 10 to 16 weeks to receive a letter back. Your letter will be handled carefully, translated as accurately (if the child is not fluent in English) as possible and hand-delivered to your sponsored child. The same process takes place when your sponsored child writes a letter back to you.
By clicking the button below, you can follow the journey of a letter as it travels thousands of kilometers to reach you from your sponsored child.
When writing to your sponsored child:
- Always begin your letter with your child's name and I.D. number.
- Send letters directly to your child using the mailing address in your Sponsorship Welcome Package.
- Use the correct international postage so that your letter reaches its destination (click here to find international postage rates).
- Learn about your child's country so that you have common topics of interest to write about.
- Send flat gifts such as photographs, stickers, postcards, drawings, colouring sheets or other similar items.
- Don't include your return address on the letter. Be aware that your child may share your letter with friends or relatives, so this will help protect your privacy.
- Don't mention things your child may never own or experience, such as new cars, homes or luxurious holidays.
- Don't ask questions that are very sensitive in nature (For example, why did your mom/dad leave the family?).
- Don't send bulky or cash gifts. These items could be stolen or incur hefty import taxes, tariffs or fees.
Sending a gift to your sponsored child is a great idea. Regardless of the occasion, all children like to know that someone cares for them.
You can send your child a special gift that says "I'm thinking of you!"
If you’re interested in sending a monetary gift to your sponsored child, you can do so online or by contacting us directly. You can choose to give the gift to your sponsored child or to their family. Thinking of giving something bigger? Consider accelerating the pace of change in your sponsored child’s community by giving a gift directly to their program!
Choose flat gifts
Colouring paper, postcards, pictures of yourself and your family, stickers, colourful pictures from magazines or books and paper puzzles are all great gifts to send to your child.
Tips and additional information
Please don’t send cash in the mail to your sponsored child. It is too risky and could even be illegal in some countries.
Monetary gifts should be sent to our Markham, Ontario head office so we can wire the money using established, rapid and secure means.
All monetary gifts sent through our office will be delivered to your child and are eligible for a tax receipt.
Contact us today at 1-800-263-5437 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Planning your visit
We're excited you want to meet your sponsored child! Your generosity means so much, and we’re eager to show you the work your support makes possible.
While planning your trip, if you have any questions, please contact a Donor Relations Associate at 1-800-263-5437, or read our frequently asked questions.
To plan your visit, please complete the following steps:
Step 1: Read CCFC’s Child Protection Policy and our country-specific travel guide
CCFC values and upholds the rights and dignity of all children. We are committed to safeguarding children from harm. As such, we require that all travellers read our Child Protection Policy prior to signing the Visit Agreement and Travel Waiver & Release forms.
Click here to watch a video about CCFC’s Child Protection Policy
Country-specific travel guide
Please click the flag of your intended destination to view CCFC’s country-specific travel guide. All travellers are required to read the guide prior to signing pre-travel forms and waivers.
Step 2: Download and complete forms for travel
Visit Agreement form
To plan your visit to a CCFC-supported community, please download and complete this form. Include all travellers.
In keeping with our commitment to child protection, we cannot accommodate travellers under the age of five.
Travel Waiver & Release form
The Travel Waiver and Release form is mandatory. There are many risks associated with travel, so it is important to be aware of safety, medical, financial and other concerns. The Travel Waiver and Release form must be signed by all travellers.
In keeping with our commitment to child protection, we cannot accommodate travellers under the age of five. The Minor Consent form below must be completed for any traveller between five and 18.
Step 3: Complete a Vulnerable Sector Check
To visit a sponsored community, all travellers must submit a cleared Vulnerable Sector Check (VSC). The VSC is a screening tool developed by the RCMP for individuals who intend to work or volunteer in the vulnerable sector. Your trip to a CCFC community requires this additional level of screening to safeguard the children with whom we work.
VSC processing times can vary. It is important to submit your request to your local police station several months before your planned visit. Contact your local police service to determine how long they require for processing, and any associated fees.
VSC costs are the responsibility of the travellers, not CCFC.
Step 4: Submit completed forms and waivers to CCFC
Return completed forms and waivers to CCFC at least three months prior to travel. This will give us time to review your information and plan your community visit.
Items to include:
- Completed VISIT AGREEMENT FORM (for all travellers)
- Completed WAIVER & RELEASE FORM (for all travellers over the age of 18)
- Completed MINOR CONSENT FORM (for all children above the age of five)
- Cleared VULNERABLE SECTOR CHECK (for all travellers)
All documentation MUST be received by the Markham, Ontario head office before a visit with the child and his/her family is requested.
Send your package to email@example.com. Once received, you will be contacted by CCFC to discuss next steps.
Visits to sponsored children are coordinated through CCFC's Markham, Ont., office and are subject to approval.
Frequently Asked Questions
Have a specific question about being a child sponsor? Below, you’ll find some frequently asked questions about CCFC and the programs and projects we support.
If you don’t see the information you’re looking for, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-263-5437, ext. 610.
Caring sponsors enable communities to create safer and healthier places for children to grow, laugh, learn and play, so they can achieve their full potential.
Sponsorship provides a pooled source of funding, which gives children access to education, nutritious meals, medical attention and clean water. Communities benefit from new or renovated schools, health clinics and safe water sources.
Sponsoring a child with Christian Children’s Fund of Canada is just $39 per month. Become a sponsor now!
Sponsorship provides a pooled source of funding, which gives children access to education, nutritious meals, medical attention and clean water. It means children can see beyond poverty to a brighter future, and grow up confident, knowing their rights, and being less vulnerable to violence and exploitation.
Trust and accountability are deeply important to us.
CCFC uses results-based management to measure and evaluate everything we do. This ensures we are accountable to you, and able to achieve the greatest change for children.
As a child sponsor, you will receive an annual report providing an update of your sponsored child’s progress. It includes an updated photograph so that you can see how much they’ve grown. We also include updates from the community centre so that you know what your help has helped accomplish over the year.
Project and community updates are also provided on our Facebook page, and in our ChildVoice magazine.
Financial information can be found here.
If you have any question, please contact us at 1-800-263-5437 or email@example.com.
Absolutely! Children love to receive letters – it’s exciting and makes them feel so special. We encourage you to send letters and cards. Exchanging letters is a great way to get to know your sponsored child and helps them succeed. You will receive a reply but know that most children in CCFC communities cannot write in English, and the letters will need to be translated.
You can find more information about writing to your sponsored child here.
Children enrolled in sponsorship are asked to write to their sponsor at least once per year, regardless of whether their sponsor has written or not. If you write to your sponsored child, you can expect to receive a reply. Further information about how to write and how letters reach your sponsored child can be found here.
We ask that our sponsors do not communicate directly with children via telephone, e-mail or social media (e.g. Facebook). This is in keeping with our Child Protection Policy. Unmonitored forms of communication can increase the risk to children. CCFC reserves the right to sever the sponsorship relationship according to the child’s best interests.
We welcome you to send regular mail to your sponsored child – and even visit!
Absolutely! You can learn more about visiting your sponsored child here.
Sending a gift to your sponsored child is a great idea. Regardless of the occasion, all children love to receive presents! Paper-based gifts such as colouring paper, postcards, pictures of yourself and your family, musical cards, colourful pictures from magazines or books, and paper puzzles are all great gifts to send to your child.
Interested in giving a monetary gift? You can do so online or by contacting us directly. For more information about sending gifts, please go to the Send Gifts tab above.
Our goal is for children to stay in the sponsorship program until they finish high school, turn 18, or their community develops the tools necessary to become self-sufficient.
Our hope is that you continue for as long as you are able. The longer your sponsorship, the greater your impact and the deeper your connection.
Click here, or call 1-800-263-5437, ext. 610 from Monday to Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET.
CCFC helps children of all faiths. We dream of a world where every child has a voice and the ability to achieve their full potential. We support children regardless of their ethnicity, faith, gender or culture.
CCFC helps children of all faiths and cultures; we do not evangelize, nor do we choose or decline children, families or communities we help based on spiritual beliefs.
CCFC works in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Nicaragua and Paraguay. We focus our efforts where children and families need our help most and where sponsors can make the biggest difference. Click here to learn more.
When you write to your sponsored child, your child will receive the original letter along with a translation. Similarly, when you receive a letter from your sponsored child, you will receive the original and a translation.
There are other ways to give.
Become a Community Rise Donor for as little as $19 a month, you can help vulnerable children living in poverty around the world by investing in high priority community projects.
We understand circumstances change. We'll help meet your needs and ensure the child remains in the sponsorship program. If you would like to take a break or discontinue your sponsorship, we can help find a solution. Please call 1-800-263-5437, ext. 610, and a Donor Relations Specialist will assist you.
While we welcome visitors, it is not possible to volunteer in your sponsored child's community through CCFC. If you’re interested in volunteering overseas, we recommend looking into opportunities with WUSC and Canada World Youth. We also suggest you request the Who's Who in International Development booklet from the Canadian Council for International Co-operation, which contains information about other non-governmental organizations accepting volunteers.
CCFC sends official donation receipts for income tax purposes in February. If you have not received the receipt, or need a replacement copy, please contact donor relations at 1-800-263-5437 ext. 610.
We want to hear from you! If you have questions or feedback, please contact us today.
Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us toll-free at 1-800-263-5437, ext. 610. Our office is open Monday to Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET.
To send us a letter or mail-in forms, please use our mailing address:
Christian Children's Fund of Canada
1200 Denison Street
Markham, Ontario, Canada L3R 8G6
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