1. How do I start sponsoring a child or children's home?
We will set up your sponsorship and send your New Sponsorship Packet to you.
2. What are the different types of sponsorship?
Sponsorship consists of two different types: Individual or Discretionary.
Individual: Sponsorship money goes toward the care of an individual child by name.
Discretionary: Sponsorship money is directed to a particular Salvation Army Home rather than to an individual child. This money is used for those children needing it the most and several children are benefited.
3. Who can sponsor?
This program is open to any person or group who wishes to invest in the life of a child overseas. Examples of groups: Sunday School Classes, Corps, Bible Groups, School Classrooms, Churches, Book Clubs, Families, Businesses, College Groups, etc.
4. How long am I expected to sponsor a child?
The length of sponsorship is left up to the discretion of the sponsor; however we encourage the commitment of at least a year. You determine your personal financial commitment to your child. Please contact the Overseas Child Sponsorship Office if you wish to cancel your sponsorship so we can place the child with another sponsor.
5. How much does it cost to sponsor a child or home?
To sponsor a child or home it will cost $20.00 a month. THE SALVATION ARMY RETAINS NONE OF THE MONEY FOR ADMINISTRATIVE PURPOSES. THIS COST IS ABSORBED BY THE SALVATION ARMY – USA SOUTHERN TERRITORY
6. How do I pay?
Your payment can be made by check, money order, or cash. Please mail in each payment with a remittance slip. Payments can be paid monthly, yearly, or several months at a time. Which ever you prefer is fine. We are currently working on setting up the option for online payments. When this is available we will send out a memo to all sponsors to inform them.
7. Does the donation really get to the children?
Yes. The Salvation Army accounts for every dollar. Due to the fact that we only sponsor Salvation Army run Children’s Homes, the money never goes through an outside source.
8. How do the children benefit from the money I provide?
The money given toward the care of a child may not cover all of the needs of a sponsored child, but it will greatly aid in the purchase of food, clothing, school fees & supplies, and medical/dental needs. You will help bring long-term changes to their community – creating a happier and healthier environment to grow up in.
9. Will I receive receipts?
You will be sent a receipt after each donation you make. Please keep these receipts. Since we are a non-profit organization your donations are tax deductible.
10. Can I send my child letters or gifts?
Correspondence with the children is encouraged. Your child will love to hear from you. Feel free to write letters, birthday & Christmas cards, etc. We will assure that they are translated if need be. Please send all correspondence to the Overseas Child Sponsorship office in Atlanta, GA. We will then send it to the proper location. Mailing packages to the children is discouraged due to stringent government regulations and exorbitant duty charges, which must be paid by The Salvation Army Children’s Homes. However, gifts that can be included are anything that is flat and can fit in a card or letter (book markers, stickers, photos, postcards, etc.).
11. What countries does the program help?
Currently we have children or children’s homes available for sponsorship in: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Congo, Ecuador, Ghana, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Mexico, Moldova, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Republic of Georgia, Russia, Uganda, and Ukraine.
12. What will I receive when I sponsor a child?
After you sponsor a child you will receive the New Sponsor Packet. This includes individual photos and case histories. You will also receive our information packet along with your Overseas Child Sponsorship pin and remittance forms. The children are encouraged to send letters or drawings to their sponsor and will answer letters written by the sponsors over the duration of the sponsorship.