FAQ

 The child will receive your support roughly 1-2 months after a sponsor has initiated sponsorship and paid the first month’s support. It is possible for support to take a bit longer for Iranian children as food shipment arrivals may not be aligned well with the beginning of your sponsorship. However, the support will be passed on as soon as is possible to help the child focus on studies and remain in school. 

Often, you are not. Sometimes a child’s scholarship is around $60 per month. If you sponsored the child for $30 per month, we will be searching for a second sponsor to meet the child’s needs completely. In that case, you are a cosponsor alongside another sponsor living in your community.

Your sponsorship of a child in Iran is a different kind of cosponsorship. Our Iran program is carefully designed and implemented to meet the complex legal requirements of US sanctions on Iran. The Iran partner office finds a sponsor to provide a stipend while our office finds a sponsor to fill the child’s family’s Student Food Card (a grocery store gift card to claim food imported for the child and issued by the Child Foundation partner in Iran) each month. Reports from the Iran partner office indicate food insecurity is an urgent need for low-income families. A significant portion of a family’s meager income is budgeted for food. Cosponsored families can buy specific food items we import and have delivered to a nearby grocery store. Together, we can ensure the wellbeing of our thousands of young students in Iran will be independent of government politics as food is not sanctioned and is needed more than ever.

All communication between sponsors and sponsored children is supervised by the Child Foundation USA office and the local office in the child’s country. There are three ways you can reach out to the child. The most common means is by writing a letter. Please write your letter either in English or the child’s native language and send it to the Child Foundation office mailing address or email. Sponsors can also request a translated and supervised call or video chat by contacting Child Foundation at [email protected] or (503) 224-0409. Due to COVID-19, a call or video chat may not be possible at this time and we encourage sponsors to write letters.

As initial support can take roughly 1-2 months to reach the child, we suggest sponsors send their first letter or request their first phone or video chat 2-3 months after first filling out the sponsorship application. Please see the “How can I communicate with my sponsored child?” question for more.

Roughly every six months, sponsors will receive a progress report prepared by the child’s social workers. New sponsors may not receive a progress report for up to nine months. Usually, the child’s grades, social worker’s report, new photos, and a letter from the student are included. The social worker will mention urgent needs the family faces so that sponsors can choose to send extra one-time support if they would like to.

Additionally, Child Foundation will notify sponsors two months prior to each child’s birthday and important holidays that impact the child so that sponsors can celebrate the child with a letter or gift. 

Sponsors can donate an extra amount in a one-time donation for a child’s birthday, holiday, or at any time the sponsor desires. Sponsors are also more than welcome to send extra support as a one-time donation based on a child’s urgent needs as explained in a progress report or otherwise.

Sponsors can always inquire about their child’s wellbeing by calling ((503) 224-0409) or emailing our office ([email protected]). We will reach out to the partner office in the child’s country to learn from the social worker if the child needs extra support at this time. Unfortunately, sometimes family members become ill or unemployed. In natural disasters, homes may be damaged. Sponsors can send extra money for food, rent, clothing, or heat to be used as the family sees fit. The sponsor may also request that a specific item is purchased for the family (i.e., refrigerator, laptop, bicycle, etc.)  which the partner office will purchase and deliver on the sponsor’s behalf. Child Foundation will receive a receipt and/or other evidence the child received the gift. Due to sanctions placed on Iran by the US government, Child Foundation is unable to provide extra support to children outside of additional food. If a sponsor gives a one-time donation to their sponsored child in Iran, the child’s family will receive extra food to further offset the family’s food costs and nourish the child.

Child Foundation works closely with an accountant with extensive experience in nonprofit accounting and financial management to ensure funds are spent in accordance with our donors’ intentions. Each year, we voluntarily perform an audit through Hoffman, Stewart and Schmidt, an independent licensed auditing company. The audit complies with the Internal Revenue Service’s regulations.  The results and full financial statements are available here.

Additionally, gifts above and beyond the monthly sponsorship for children living in countries like Afghanistan, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Tajikistan will mean that sponsors receive a thank you letter and evidence the gift was received. For example, if you pay for a bicycle for your sponsored child in Afghanistan, you will soon receive a thank you letter and photo of the child with the gift once it has been delivered.

Child Foundation commits to facilitating the support of a sponsored child until they are finished with their education. This means that a child may choose not to go to college after high school and they will have “graduated” from our program. If they choose to go to college, we hope you will be their sponsor until they have finished their program. We are proud to have medical doctors and researchers among our graduates who received support into masters and doctoral programs.

Child can otherwise leave the program or become “inactive” if they no longer qualify based on their family’s improved economic stance, repeatedly poor performance in school even after tutoring and extra classes, unwillingness to cooperate with social workers’ reporting, or other various reasons. As the sponsor, you would receive a notification of the child’s inactivation with a written rationale and final letter (if possible). At that point, our office will coordinate with you to match you with a new child in need of support.

Our  Sponsorship Program provides ongoing economic stability for  children  in need, enabling  them  to remain in school. Sponsorship creates a unique relationship between an individual donor and a sponsored child. By pairing up a child with one or more sponsors, this child is able to obtain the necessary relief  that they  need. Generally, children sponsored through Child Foundation's programs are supported for their entire academic career. For some children, this is until high school, for others, it may  include college. Sponsor a child now!

Our mission and purpose as a public charity is to help gifted and talented children who are economically disadvantaged remain in school. Child Foundation supports children and their respective families to overcome the burdens of poverty so that they can become healthy, educated, self-sustaining and contributing members of society. 

Afghanistan, Cambodia, India, and Nepal Sponsorship Programs  

Your donated dollars will be sent to the child or children you are sponsoring in the form of a stipend. The stipend supports the child's education by helping with their school-related costs and living expenses so they can focus on learning.

Indonesia and Tajikistan Sponsorship Programs  
Your donated dollars will be sent to the sponsored child's education program as tuition so that the child receives lessons or extra-curricular and tutoring support to excel in school.

Iran Sponsorship Program

Your donated dollars will purchase and distribute food packages for each student and their family. The food will be shipped to Iran from a neighboring country, adhering to US sanction which do not require a license to send food, medicine, and medical equipment. We will prioritize non-perishable and culturally-typical foods like rice, lentils, beans, and oil.

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