Comments on: ‘I’m going to miss your letters’ Around the world Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:49:47 +0000 hourly 1 By: cfca Fri, 13 Feb 2009 15:43:50 +0000 Ken,

We appreciate the sense of loss a sponsor might feel when a child leaves the sponsorship program, and we understand a sponsorís desire to initiate a direct relationship with their child outside of CFCA procedures and processes. Nevertheless, CFCA policy is not to facilitate direct contact between a former sponsor and child after the child is retired from the program, and CFCA oversight of the relationship ends. Our reasons are drawn from our experiences over 27 years.

Our policy protects the privacy and well-being of both the child and the sponsor. During sponsorship, child and sponsor mailing addresses are not revealed, and all mail is processed through CFCA projects and our Kansas headquarters. CFCA staff members are always present when sponsor visits to their child are arranged. Our aim is to ensure that no inappropriate letters or in-person contact involve the children, and no inappropriate requests are made of the sponsor by the child, or other individuals or groups who might obtain the sponsorís address.

Our policy is reviewed periodically but remains unchanged. The protection of the children and the privacy of our sponsors will always take priority over other considerations, no matter how well-meaning.

Thank you for your concern regarding this topic and your support of CFCA.

Sponsor Services

By: Catherine Lee Fri, 13 Feb 2009 11:46:11 +0000 Thank you for the Newsletter. It reminds me to write to my friend Luz. I get wrapped up in my daily life and forget how much my letter means to her.

Luz is a grown woman who neither can hear nor speak and her life must be very lonely. Your Newsletter reminds me how comforting a letter from a far away friend can be. Just to know that someone loves you, prays for you and keeps in touch.

I promise to do better from now on.

Catherine Lee

By: ken hobson Wed, 11 Feb 2009 19:28:48 +0000 this is truly a wonderful story, but it should–and could–have a better ending. the headline doesn’t have to be “i’m going to miss your letters.” it could be, “i’m going to continue looking forward to hearing from you and about your new sponsored child.” i would really like to see cfca consider changing their post-sponsoree non-contact policy when both parties desire that. what better way to honor that relationship than to at least make possible, if not encourage it, to continue at some level. i really hope that karol and mr. presper have not had to say good-bye for the last time.
ken hobson

By: Rosemary T. Wed, 11 Feb 2009 17:18:45 +0000 Beautiful story Kelly