How to build a relationship with your child

No matter how far away your sponsored child lives, letters can help you develop a close bond with your child and affirm that he or she is an important part of your family.  We believe letters can become one of the best aspects of sponsorship for both you and your child.  Sponsored children treasure their sponsors letters and read them repeatedly.

 

When writing a letter, it is important to consider your sponsored child’s environment and culture.  Spend time explaining things that may seem common knowledge to you.  Feel free to share information about your family, pets, friends, hobbies, what you like to eat, where you live, etc.  You can also include photographs, small paper gifts, postcards, greeting cards, bookmarks and stickers.  Children cherish gifts that are simple reminders of their sponsors special love for them.

 

Preparing you correspondence

Never include your return address, phone number or email address in your letter.

Our preference is to send your letters through Children’s Heritage Foundation so we may better track and prepare the letter for departure to the country or destination.  We protect your privacy by disposing of your outside envelope and handing your child a fresh envelope with their name on it.  To ensure your safety and privacy, we ask you to be diligent about not putting your personal contact information on items you send to your sponsored child.  If you choose to send packages, do not send expensive items and DO NOT include money or checks.

 

Preparing your correspondence

  1. On your letter, write the child’s first and last name at the top of the page along with your full name in the closing.
  2. Place your letter in an unsealed envelope with your child’s full name on the front.  Place this envelope inside another envelope (preferably only slightly larger) and address it to:

Children’s Heritage Foundation, 991-C Lomas Santa Fe Dr., PMB427, Solana Beach, CA 92075

 

Special Gifts

You may provide special gifts for your sponsored child at any time. If you so choose, you may also give extra monetary gifts not to exceed $100 a year.  100% of monetary special gifts will be used to buy a gift for your child from their own country.  If not designated for a specific item, the money will be used to buy necessary items for your child and his/her family based on their social workers assessment of the child’s needs.  It is our preference that you send your gifts through Children’s Heritage Foundation.  Funds wired by CHF in your child’s name or a package sent with various missions teams traveling throughout the year, will ensure that your gift will reach your child.  Please send your check or package to Children’s Heritage Foundation at the address above so we can track it and be sure that your child reciprocates with a thank you letter.

 

Visiting your child

Visiting your sponsored child can be a rewarding, life-changing experience; an adventure you will never forget!  However, it is a trip that requires considerable planning and forethought to ensure it is an enjoyable time for everyone involved.  In order to make it as easy as possible for you, CHF hosts several mission trips each year to give you an opportunity to meet your sponsored child and experience firsthand how your support helps children overcome the obstacles of poverty.

Please call: 858-481-1389 or email [email protected] to request further information and dates for scheduled trips.

 

Receiving correspondence

You can expect to receive letters from your child and an updated photograph once a year.  Letters are written and sent each school term.  Depending on the child’s country, you may receive two or three letters a year from your child.  If it has been more than a year since you’ve last received any form of correspondence, please contact us so we can see what has happened and to confirm your current mailing address.