November 10, 2012
Oh boy, where do I start. I thought this charity was fine until a few days ago. I was sent a letter informing me that the child that I had been sponsoring for the last 5 years has now moved, is out of the program and that I should select a new child. Just like that, gone forever. I have maybe 30 letters and pictures from this boy, his picture is on our mantle, I pray for him every day. CFCA let me know that I could send a "farewell" letter and they would "attempt" to get it to him, but any other communication is not allowed. Are you kidding me? I cannot even send a card to his relatives who are in the same program for them to forward. It just has made me sick, I cannot stop crying about it, and my sons are devastated. We had diligently been saving money in a vacation fund to visit Nairobi to finally meet the boy and now nothing. What do I tell my kids? I will always worry and wonder about my foster son. Always. When I tried to contact CFCA about this, they couldn't have been more robotic and cold. It is a big, big company with a big big budget and a cold cold heart. I am sure the money we send does wonderful things for so many people, but I was looking for a personal connection with a child and after years of a lovely relationship it is just ripped away. Beware before you love someone here. I am going to sponsor someone through my local church that does outreach in Africa, I hope the connection will be honored as well as the contribution.
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